Portugal’s first pop-up restaurant opens

Portugal’s first pop-up restaurant opens

Portugal has joined the pop-up phenomenon by opening its very own temporary restaurant today. Hosted in Vale do Lobo, a luxury resort in the Algarve, the three-week event sees the country’s top chefs cook for a select number of guests.

We have a significant food movement that is modern, fresh and individual, with a distinctive Portuguese signature

The restaurant will be located in the Sculpture Garden at the Parque do Golfe and will be headed by Chef Jonnie Pratt – from Bistro des Z’Artes – who is considered to be Portugal’s very own celebrity chef. Three other top chefs will join him over the course of the three weeks to create exquisite food in the 60-seat restaurant.

The first restaurant – opening today – sees Jaime Perez from the Vistas Restaurant at Monte Rei at the helm. His ‘home’ restaurant is considered to be one of the best in the east, and he will be cooking food with a Spanish twist. The following week, chef Emmanuel Soares from restaurant Martinhal – who has a background cooking with great chefs such as Alain Ducasse – will be taking the reins. For the final week – as a special treat (and at a slightly higher cost) – Michelin-starred chef Hans Neuner of restaurant Vila Vita Parc will be creating his spectacular dishes.

“To try and recreate what we usually offer in a small intimate restaurant like Ocean, outdoors, for 60 people, and not in my own kitchen, is something that excites me”, says Neuner. “The food in Portugal has a reputation of hearty peasant food, sardines and chicken piri piri. Now we have a significant food movement that is modern, fresh and individual, with a distinctive Portuguese signature – a strong focus on the best local products, including fish and seafood from the Portuguese Atlantic coast. It is light, subtle, pure and balanced, with the emphasis on complementary flavours, colours and presentation.”

4 August 2010: Jaime Perez – Vistas at Monte Rei Golf & Country Club
11 August 2010: Emmanuel Soares – O Terraco at Martinhal Beach Resort & Hotel
18 August 2010: Hans Neuner – Ocean Restaurant at Vila Vita Parc

Prices start from €145 per person (00 351 919 407 366; www.popupalgarve.com)

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