Albufeira was the stage for a starry and emotional gala

Algarve currently has seven starred restaurants, two of them with two stars

Photo: Mariana Carriço | Sul Informação

A room full and eager to find out what's new from the Michelin Guide, which for the first time had an exclusive gala for Portugal: this was what the auditorium of the Algarve Congress Palace was like, at the Hotel Nau Salgados, in Albufeira, on Tuesday night- fair, February 27th.

Expectations were high. Many expected the country's first three-star restaurant, others expected a woman to receive the distinction, since, of the more than 30 starred restaurants in Portugal, all are headed by men. Neither one nor the other came to fruition.

The night was, however, full of great emotion for everyone who took the stage and for those who knew that their stars remained.

In the Algarve, the good news is that there is seven restaurants that remained starred: Ocean (by chef Hans Neuner, at Vila Vita, in Alporchinhos, Lagoa) and Vila Joya (Dieter Koshina, Albufeira), both with two stars, the To See Tavira (Luis Brito, Tavira), Al South (Louis Anjos, Palmares, Lagos), Good Good (José Lopes, Carvoeiro, Lagoa), Taste (Heinz Beck, at Conrad Algarve, in Almancil, Loulé) and also the Vista (João Oliveira, at the Hotel Bela Vista, in Praia da Rocha, Portimão), all with one star.

Compared to last year, the list no longer includes Vistas, in Vila Nova de Cacela, where chef Rui Silvestre left in December.

Algarve restaurants thus have a total of nine stars.

João Oliveira, who was one of the gala's coordinating chefs, gives a "very positive" assessment of the night.

«There were many expectations, but it cannot be said that they were disappointed, because the Guide is completely independent and unpredictable and, therefore, what we want does not always happen. But everything went very well and it was a very special day for Portuguese gastronomy, which in a few years will bear incredible fruit», he told Sul Informação the chef at Vista, at the Hotel Bela Vista, in Praia da Rocha, Portimão, with 1 Michelin star.

As for the Algarve, the chef emphasizes that the region «has always been well positioned in the Guide», despite the fact that, in recent years, not many projects have emerged «with the due quality that the Algarve should provide, for strategic reasons».


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João Oliveira considers, however, «that we are recovering» and that «having the first Gala in the Algarve was very good because it also provided more connection between the chefs who work here».

Still, he emphasizes that it cannot be said that the results were very positive for the region, as there were no new stars and one (from Vistas) was lost.

For André Gomes, president of the Algarve Tourism Region (RTA), these distinctions mean «a very important recognition for the region, of our diversity of gastronomic offer and the endogenous products with which these chefs work».

The person responsible for Algarve tourism spoke to the Sul Informação at the end of the gala, a time he also took the opportunity to leave some words of praise for all the professionals in this sector.

«The Algarve, and the country, continues to experience great difficulty in finding human resources for the restaurant sector, but, in fact, initiatives like this I believe are an asset for all those who love this profession and seek new challenges», he said, highlighting the role of Hospitality and Tourism Schools, particularly those in the Algarve, where some award-winning chefs have even passed.

This Tuesday night, those who also took to the stage to represent the Algarve were chef Nuno Martins, from Numa, in Portimão, and chef Noélia Jerónimo, from Noélia, in Cabanas de Tavira, both to receive the distinction within the scope of new recommended restaurants from the 2024 Guide.

On stage, there were tears and they even said “bring bread”, an expression used so many times by Noélia on the television program “Master Chef Portugal”, on which she has been a judge for two consecutive editions.


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But the emotions didn't stop there. The biggest highlight of the night could be said to have gone to Vitor Matos, from Antiqvvm, in Porto, who became Portugal's new two-star. This chef also took to the stage to, together with Francisco Quintas, receive the first 2Monkeys star, in Lisbon.

In Estrelas Verdes (special commitment to sustainable gastronomy), the restaurant Malhadinha Nova, by chef João Sousa, in Albernoa (Alentejo), and Ó Balcão, by chef Rodrigo Castelo, in Santarém, were awarded.

This year, the Sala awards (Pedro Marques, from Yetman, Vila Nova de Gaia), Sommelier awards (Leonel Nunes, Il Gallo d'Oro, Funchal) and Young chef awards (Rita Magro, Blind, Porto) were also awarded for the first time. .

At a time when the Algarve is preparing to host another major event, the Moto GP, the president of the RTA highlights that it is «very satisfactory» that the region was chosen for this first exclusively Portuguese Michelin Gala.

«From the moment we became aware of this possibility, we embraced the project together with Turismo de Portugal and put all our effort into having a great party here».

Objective accomplished, André Gomes hopes that this will not be the last time that the region hosts the event, but emphasizes that «the entire country has its merit and also deserves this opportunity», since «the Portuguese gastronomic offer is extremely well-known and of high quality".

José Carlos Rolo, president of the host municipality, also told the Sul Informação that the Gala may have contributed to the current indicators of «good hotel occupancy recorded in Albufeira».

The 2024 Guide selection includes a total of 167 restaurants, of which 39 are Michelin Stars (8 two-star and 31 one-star), 32 are Bib Gourmand and 96 are Recommended Restaurants. In Portugal, there are also 5 that have the Green Star distinction.

Michelin Guide Portugal 2024

2 Stars 

Antiqvvm, Vitor Matos, Porto (NEW)
Vila Joya, Dieter Koschina, Albufeira 
Ocean, Hans Neuner, Alporchinhos 
Alma, Henrique Sá Pessoa, Lisbon
Belcanto, José Avillez, Lisbon
Boa Nova Tea House, Rui Paula Cardoso, Leça da Palmeira
Il Gallo D'oro, Benoît Sinthon, Funchal
The Yeatman, Ricardo Costa, Vila Nova de Gaia

1 Star 

2Monkeys, Vitor Matos/ Francisco Quintas, Lisbon (NEW)
Desarma, Octávio Freitas, Funchal (NEW)
Ó Balcão, Rodrigo Castelo, Santarém (NEW)
João Sá Room, João Pedro Sá, Lisbon (NEW)
Seeing Tavira, Luís Brito, Tavira
Al Sud, Louis Anjosm Lagos
Bon Bon, José Lopes, Carvoeiro 
Gusto by Heinz Beck, Heinz Beck, Almancil
Vista, João Oliveira, Portimão 
100 Maneiras, Ljubomir Stanisic, Lisbon
Cura, Pedro Pena Bastos, Lisbon
The Kitchen, António Loureiro, Guimarães
Esporão, Carlos Teixeira, Reguengos de Monsaraz
Encanto, José Avillez, Lisbon
Euskalduna Studio, Vasco Coelho Santos, Porto
Epur, Vicent Farges, Lisbon
Eleven, Joachim Koerper, Lisbon
Fifty Seconds, Rui Silvestre, Lisbon
Feitoria, André Cruz, Lisbon
Guincho Fortress, Gil Fernandes, Cascais
G Restaurante, Óscar Gonçalves, Bragança
Kanazawa, Paulo Morais, Lidboa
Kabuki, Sebastião Coutinho, Ritz Gallery
Loco, Alexandre Silva, Lisbon
LAB by Setgi Arola, Sergi Arola, Penha Longa, in Sintra
Le Monument, Julien Montbabut, Porto
Mesa de Lemos, Diogo Rocha, Viseu
Midori, Tiago Santos, Sintra
Pedro Lemos, Pedro Lemos, Harbor
Villa Foz, Arnaldo Azevedo, Porto
William, Luís Pestana, Funchal

Lost the Star

Views, by Rui Silvestre, in Vila Nova de Cacela 
Eneko Lisboa, Enejo Atxa, Lisbon
Largo do Paço, Tiago Bonito, Amarante

Michelin Green Star (new, out of a total of 5) 

Malhadinha Nova, João Sousa, Albernoa
Ó Balcão, Rodrigo Castelo, Santarém


Recommended Restaurants (new, from a total of 96)

Noélia, Noélia Jerónimo, Cabanas de Tavira
Numa, Nuno Martins, Portimão
Apego, Aurora Goy, Porto
Bahar, Nuno Dinis, Lisbon
Blind, Rita Magro, Porto
Bonfim 1896, with Pedro Lemos, Gonçalo Pinto, Pinhão
Casa do Gadanha, Ruben Trindade Santos, Estremoz
Cavalariça, Bruno Caseiro, Comporta
DownUnder by Justin Jennings, Justin Jennings, Lisbon
Fago, José Diogo Branco, Marvão
Fauno, Tiago Amorim, Porto
Gastro by Elemento, Ricardo Dias Ferreira, Porto
Horta, Santiago Agnolles, Funchal
Lamelas, Ana Moura, Porto Covo
Ma, Ricardo Casqueiro, Coimbra
The Stage, Marco Almeida, Coimbra
Quinta do Tedo – Geadas Family, Oscar Gomes, Folgosa
Seiva, David Jesus, Leça da Palmeira
Sem, Lara Prado / George McLeod, Lisbon
Sem Porta, Tiago Maia, Muda (Comporta)
Vinha, Henrique Sá Pessoa | Jonathan Seiller, VN Gaia


Bib Gourmand (new, from a total of 32)

Flora, João Guedes Ferreira, Viseu
Inato Bistrô, Tiago Costa/Miguel Rodrigues, Gaia
Norma, Hugo Alves, Guimarães
The Pastus, Annakaren Fuentes, Paço de Arcos
Olaias, Mónica Gomes, Figueira da Foz
OMA, Luís Moreira, Baião
Patio 44, Simão Soares / Afonso Ramos, Porto
Poda, João Narigueta, Montemor-o-Novo




Photos: Mariana Sedge | Sul Informação


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