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Alma, Lisbon

92 Calçada Marquês de Abrantes
Portugal 1200 720
Tel: 351 21 396 3527's insider take:

Young Lisbon chef Henrique Sá Pessoa's all-white restaurant with leather banquettes and a fluffy fabric ceiling lamp is of a piece with his modern Portuguese cooking. Drawing on his studies at Le Cordon Bleu Pittsburgh, followed by stints at various London and Sydney restaurants, Pessoa has created a globally inspired menu: Dishes include a roasted fillet of salted cod with chickpea purée, vinaigrette, and oven-roasted sun-dried tomatoes, and crispy slow-cooked pork served with sweet potato purée, bok choy, and marinated orange. Save room for the excellent desserts, such as the pear and almond tart with goat-cheese ice cream and spiced caramel. As Portugal's most media-savvy chef, who has penned three cookbooks and has his own TV show, Pessoa has created a loyal following of foodies. No surprise that this Santos district favorite is booked solid most nights.—Anja Mutić

Open Tuesdays through Saturdays 7:30 pm to midnight. Closed the first three weeks of August and first three weeks of January.

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