Gemelli is one of the best restaurants we have been to in Lisbon – not that we have any claim to a wide experience. The chef is Augusto Gemelli who comes from Italy, which is something one also can see on the menu.
The cuisine is actually more Italian than Portuguese: antipasti that includes salads and seafood creations (around 10€), primi piatti where you can choose from risotto and pastas (15€-19€), secondi where you can choose from two fish courses and two meat courses.
They also have a tasting menu that is very good value for around 35€. Augusto is also a big wine lover so the wine list is very ambitious with both Portuguese and international wines, quite a few available by the glass.
The atmosphere is modern, almost ascetic, very elegant, which is perhaps part of the Italian “design” influence. The location is not quite in the centre. It is right in front of the parliament building: it’s a long walk (20+ minutes) or a short taxi drive. But it’s worth it!
Gemelli, Rua Nova da Piedade 99 (corner of rua de San Bento), 1200-822 Lisbon, ph 213 952 552, www.augustogemelli.com
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