Lumni and Mercado, at Lisbon’s Lumiares hotel, are acclaimed chef Miguel Castro e Silva’s new culinary spots. From the top to bottom!
Lumni is located in a historic building in the heart of the Bairro Alto neighbourhood with a stunning view of Lisbon. And it’s here that you can finally enjoy the dishes prepared by chef Miguel Castro e Silva, one of the pioneers of elaborate gastronomy in Portugal. It’s a return to haute, signature, “more experimental” cuisine, he adds. His past contribution to the Portuguese food scene includes the now iconic Bull & Bear, which the Porto chef opened over 20 years ago, and which was considered one of Europe’s top 25 restaurants by the Financial Times. Now in Lisbon, Lumni is a challenge to produce a top eatery at the top of the Lumiares hotel.
The menu is designed to take advantage of the terrace in the late afternoon with some of Miguel’s classic petiscos (Portuguese equivalent of tapas). Inside, there are simpler lunches or tasting dinners, where you can really appreciate the quality of the only Portuguese chef with three dishes featured in the international restaurant bible, Larousse Gastronomique (2007). Diners can enjoy things like chestnut cream with gyoza or sea bass with orange and fennel, as well as a wine list where you can try those bottles produced by the chef in partnership with some of the finest winemakers from the Douro, Dão and Alentejo regions.
On the ground floor of the Lumiares hotel is de Castro e Silva’s latest venture: Mercado, with the patented Simply Portuguese brand, directly opposite the Elevador da Glória funicular. Here, the concept is defined by a relaxed vibe, tradition and quick service. Mercado is divided into two areas: one for lighter meals, where the display of pastries, bread, savouries and cakes invites passers-by in for breakfast or a snack; the other, from lunchtime onwards, boasts an open kitchen where you can see cooks preparing the chef’s classic petiscos, like black pudding and apple or deep-fried cod with special mayonnaise.
In addition to these spots, Castro e Silva is responsible for Less Baixa (terrace of the Pollux shop, in Lisbon) and DeCastro Gaia (in Vila Nova de Gaia). There are other projects in the pipeline. All “with different identities”, highlights the chef.
by Augusto Freitas de Sousa
web design & development 262media.com