Inside Epur, The Michelin-Starred Restaurant in Chiado ♦ The meaning behind Epur has a complicated story, related to the law of universal gravitation, but the simpler version has to do with the French verb ‘épurer’, which means to declutter, refine ou purify. That is quite perfect for the restaurant, whose dishes are clean and lean, with ingredients and flavours that are completely immaculate. Headed by Chef Vincent Farges and with furniture by Carl Hansen & Son, Secrets From Portugal brings you more about the Chiado restaurant that recently got its first Michelin star!
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Epur’s menu is highly minimalist and divided into “moments”, from which guests can choose anything from four to eight dishes (from €90 for four). There are three starters (“water, greens, fields”), three mains (“sea, terroir, tradition”) and three desserts (“chocolate, orchard, vintage”).
The tables are situated in an austere, clean-lined space with dishes served on Limoges porcelain. The kitchen (formerly a Bulthaup showroom and supremely spare even by restaurant-kitchen standards) is also partially on view from the moment you walk through the door, though clever design meant it never dominated.
Chef Vincent Farges is at home and this is where he serves plates that he identifies with, these are created with the acquired maturity over a career of more than two decades. At Epur, he does plates with greater freedom of expression which are demanding and thorough and combine several sources of inspiration: French, Portuguese and Asian, amongst others.
Farges began with his suppliers and worked from there – he spent a year travelling around Portugal, ensuring he selected from producers who shared his passion. The resulting menu is a cuisine that adapts to existing products and not the other way around. The wine list at Epur includes only Portuguese wines and wine pairing is offered from €40.
Make sure you stop by Chiado and experience the amazing Epur!
Address: Largo da Academia Nacional das Belas Artes 14 R/C, 1200-005 Lisbon, Portugal
Working hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 12h30 to 15h for lunch and 19h30 to 23h for dinner.