The restaurant by Spaniard Eneko Atxa, twice elected as the most sustainable chef in the world, is the first casualty for the French guide's gala in the Algarve, but others may be confirmed by February.
According to Expresso newspaper, the decision to close the award-winning Eneko Lisboa on 31 December 2023 came from Penha Longa Resort, which had challenged Basque chef Eneko Atxa to name the gastronomic project installed in the space of the famous Alcântara Café.
Consisting of two restaurants, already this year, the more informal area, named Basque, had been transformed into an event space. Now, Penha Longa Resort has moved forward with the decision to also close the fine dining space at Eneko Lisboa.
In this way, Portugal loses a starred restaurant in the next edition of the Michelin guide, scheduled for February in the Algarve, in what is the first year in which it is published for Portugal, ceasing to be Iberian.
In 2020, the restaurant led by chef Eneko Atxa, who is usually at the helm of the three-Michelin-starred Azurmendi in Biscay, Basque Country, won the coveted Michelin star, becoming the third restaurant in Penha Longa Resort to win this award. In Sintra, the hotel has Midori and LAB by Sergi Arola, both with one star. In the space where Alcântara Mar existed, it was Lucas Bernardes who performed the functions of executive chef.
The Last Supper
With lunch service available which is a novelty recently implemented and at dinner, Eneko Lisboa will continue to operate until the last day of the year. On 31 December, with no after-dinner party, the restaurant serves a special menu "with dishes inspired by traditional recipes to share, creatively reinvented for a modern audience." This last supper starts at 19:00 pm, with the warning that there is no "after-dinner party", the dinner costs €350, per person, with the respective wine pairing.