Loco was the last stop on our European gourmet vacation, and I’ll say it right off the bat- it was fantastic. This ultra-modern and vibrant restaurant has quickly gained attention in Lisbon, receiving its first Michelin star just one year after opening, and it’s easy to see why.
After passing through the entranceway featuring a massive, suspended olive tree, one can immediately feel a pulse throughout the restaurant. Perhaps it is the open kitchen at the center of the single large dining room, the vivacious greetings from the youthful and gracious staff, or the striking visual design throughout, the space just feels alive and exciting. I knew right away that it would be good.
The food is beautifully presented and each dish could double as a work of art. Everything is precise, creative, but never convoluted. The chef obviously holds great respect for Portugal’s natural ingredients and features them prominently in the very reasonably priced course menu (90 euros).
And then there’s the wine. This is a food blog and only a food blog namely because I don’t know much about wine. However, the wines that the sommelier recommended to us were some of the best wines I have ever tasted. For that, I have included some pictures of the wines at the bottom of this post.
Loco checks all the boxes- it’s fun, exciting, beautiful, and absolutely delicious. Moreover it checks all the boxes without being pretentious and does it all for an extremely reasonable price. To top it all off, the staff gave us a complementary bottle of limited edition Loco red wine to take home with us.
I am sure that at this rate, Loco will receive its 2nd Michelin star soon enough.
Let’s eat Loco!