If the kitchen is the heart of the home, does that make the restaurant the heart of a hotel? It certainly feels like it here. Now fully open, Lumni has quickly established itself as the hub of The Lumiares. It’s a fantastic space and as easy to pop up for a drink or a light lunch as it is to tuck into Chef Miguel’s fantastic seven course tasting menu.
Our Chef, Miguel Castro e Silva, is well known in Portugal. He was one of the first chefs to experiment with Portuguese food and became well known for specialising in top quality petiscos (small plates) which feature on the menu at Lumni. He has several restaurants in Lisbon, including ‘Less’ which is up the road (see our ‘Top ten restaurants’ blog) and he was also one of the first chefs to sign up to the now famous Time Out Market (Mercado da Ribeiro). You may recognise him from his appearance recently on the BBC programme ‘Rick Stein’s Long Weekend in Lisbon’.
Of course, apart from our chef, the pièce de résistance at Lumni is the roof terrace. Boasting views across the River Tagus on one side and to the Castelo do São Jorge on the other this is the place to chill out. Pick your spot and relax over a cocktail or chilled glass of wine or even a bica if the sun isn’t yet over the yardarm (but surely it will be somewhere in the world?!).
Breakfast is served at Lumni either on the roof terrace or inside – whichever you prefer. Everything is cooked from scratch which means delicious fresh baked bread and croissants, eggs made to order, fabulous apple pancakes, as well as a feast of cakes, fruit, meats and cheeses. Miguel is even planning to add his version of chicken noodle soup to the breakfast menu so watch this space…
For lunch you can try the set menu or go for tapas plates to share (or not! As the mood takes you…)
Dinner can be the more traditional courses or the full blown tasting menu. It’s all delicious so worth a couple of visits to sample each option! Whatever you do leave some room for pud – they’re all superb but the chocolate mousse is historic.