It came from the north to debut in the center of the capital. Rui Paula’s new restaurant, whose kitchen is inspired by memories, lives on the ninth floor of the Tivoli hotel and breathes the landscape that Lisbon has given it. The famous view that lifted the Sky Bar and made it closer to Lisbon (and tourists) went nowhere. It’s even closer. The whole restaurant is benefited by the light that enters through the wide windows. The same glass curtains that leave, lurking, the Lisbon townhouse that descends towards the river. But before the river is Rui Paula, the North American chef who is making his debut – professionally speaking – in Lisbon.
There were several invitations for the chef, who has a Michelin star on his resume for his work at the Boa Nova Tea House and two restaurants in the north – the DOP in Porto and DOC in the Douro – to open a restaurant in Lisbon . Like everything in his life, it was necessary to wait for the right time, timing that materialized with the opening of the Terrace by Rui Paula on August 1. Accepting the proposal that required a somewhat lengthy courtship implied that the overtly accented chef had carte blanche (besides the kitchen leadership of the Seteais Palace, the Tivoli chain). What does this mean? “The service is how I like it. The food is how I like it, with the protein and with the garnish I want, “he says before the tasting lunch begins.” Source0