Opened 11.11.2004 by eleven superlatively well-connected partners, Eleven is a welcome addition to Lisbon’s small range of top-flight eateries. Perched at the top end of Parque Eduardo VII, the place’s boldly modern frontage is backed by huge show windows, whose spectacular views – through town, fading into the hills – offer an unreal, dream-like sense of silence as you dine. Interestingly, it’s a low-key interior. Well, apart from a bright orange sculpture, some space-age prints and the swanky loos things are kept soothingly restrained.
The menu is Mediterranean and the quality excellent. Chef /partner, Joachim Koerper, who’s won two Michelin stars for his Girasol in Spain, does a brilliant job modernising local cuisine using only the freshest locally-sourced ingredients, and while the resulting meals are a true tasting session (with notice, he’ll even include vegetarian options among the daily specials), his twin glories are simple, light, meat and fish dishes served with wonderous sauces.
Service is charming, efficient and laid-back. An ideal place to linger in good company. Book at weekends.