This ‘market tavern’ takes classic dishes and plays around using the latest techniques and ideas.
Mendes is cooking the food of his Portuguese roots – particularly Alentejo, the country’s gastronomic larder – albeit lightly shape-shifted. It won’t suit everyone: boldness rarely does.90
The space is rather unassuming: a simple room with simple furniture. The food is the opposite: intricate, labyrinthine, surprising, revelatory, original, unreplicable by any other chef in any other place.93
This ‘market tavern’ takes classic dishes and plays around using the latest techniques and ideas.89