Restaurant “Revelation of the year 2020”
#9 of top 10 favorite restaurants in Portugal 2020

Mesa Marcada – Portugal

Welcome to our home, Arkhe, a place to celebrate life.

our history

In February 2019, a place called Arkhe is born in Lisbon. From the passion for a cuisine based on the vegetable world, João Ricardo Alves – Portuguese-Brazilian chef – creates a place that takes us back to the origins. A journey through great restaurants of vegetarian cuisine in Europe allowed him to accentuate and affirm his classic training in French and Italian cuisine. João Ricardo Alves decides to settle in the country of his roots to share his vision. March 2020 was the beginning of a global change. From introspection comes the opening to a new path thanks to his merger with the Franco-Colombian Alejandro Chávarro – director of restaurants and sommelier of famous multi-star houses in France and Spain. A trained cook, Alejandro now joins his passions in one place: Give sense to wine through the kitchen. Passionate about their crafts, João and Alejandro combine their talents to welcome you with kindness, simplicity and humour into their home.

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Hands holding a plate of raviolis

Arkhe is a small private owned house led by two restaurateurs who put hospitality in the heart of the craft. We believe a restaurant should be thought for the comfort and enjoyment of our guests.

our challenge

Arkhe is a place where we celebrate life. 

Starting at the door, to the table, kindness and passion dictate our dining room service. We believe it is possible to have a unique and magic experience with a cuisine based on vegetal tissue thought for all, with complex cooking techniques, only seasonal vegetables and lots of generosity.

 

 

Hand holding wild mushrooms
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We Believe it is possible to see our industry with a different perspective. With dignity, passion and nobility, every aspect of service and management will enhance every guest experience to come to a personal, conscious and hospitable restaurant.

We have a deep engagement to offer conditions to our team. Sustainability for us starts on HUMAN Sustainability first.

Arkhe is closed weekly on the weekends and Monday lunch above all to allow us to have a quality Family life. Several holiday closing periods allow us to enhance this balance.

Ravioli dish seen from above

We have managed to build through the years an inclusive and participative creative process. Starting from what we try in a glass, based on a large selection of wine and beverages, we write a large sprectum of tastes, flavors and nuances.

This allows us to aim, seasonal produce we would like to work around, through one or several techniques in order to enhance the product and close the dialogue between wine & food.

This way of work allows us not to be approximated but very accurate with an innate harmony. Our objective being to offer the most balanced and harmonious food and wine pairing. But also to offer a great, simple and generous dining experience.

seasonal menus

3 Courses – 49eur                              5 Courses – 69eur                             7 Courses – 89eur

Wine Pairing – 39eur                 Wine Pairing – 59eur                Wine Pairing – 79eur

 

Our cuisine is based on vegetal tissue, guided only by seasonal products. This is the reason why our mensu are in constant movement during the year.

We invite at each table to choose the same type of menu for each one of the guests.

Each menu corresponds to a choice for one person.

We do not host tables above 6 people in a common table.

 

 

 

team

João Ricardo Alves

chef

João Ricardo Alves

He is a chef who combines passion, technique, study and creativity with strong environmental awareness. With the combination of these elements, he proposes an innovative and modern vegetable-based cuisine. With a background in classical French cuisine, his professional career led him to work in different countries such as Switzerland, France and England. During the first years, he had the opportunity to practice in haute cuisine restaurants and from that passage was the knowledge, discipline, rigor and love for the profession.

Alejandro Chávarro

sommelier / restaurant manager

Alejandro Chávarro

He started as a cook, but it was as a Sommelier and Restaurant Director that he began to assert himself and grow in the restaurant world. Born in Colombia and naturalized French, Alejandro Chávarro lived the last years in Paris where he was responsible for renowned restaurant rooms and the wine cellar of the best restaurants in the French capital. For more than a decade, Alejandro accompanied winemakers around the world and built the best wine lists with them. But it was a trip to India that made him change course in life, professionally and geographically in Lisbon.

partners and suppliers

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Plan of the main facade of the restaurant

training & consulting

Creation, implementation and monitoring of projects.

Decoration with dishes on the restaurant wall

reservations and contacts

Opening days and hours

  • Open from Monday to Friday
  • Lunch: 12h30-14h00 (tuesday to  friday)
  • Dinner: 19h30-22h00 (last order)
  • The restaurant closes at midnight.

location

Boqueirão do Duro 46, Lisboa