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Design Awards 2010
Set in a rugged coastal landscape, Buhle,a Porto institution for more than 40 years, has reopened its doors after undergoing a dramatic renovation. Housing a restaurant, a mixology bar and a teahouse, the simple, boxy, wood and glass structure, by architect Miguel Ribeiro de Sousa, is an exercise in restrained elegance. The interiors, by designer Paulo Lobo, feature giant bird’s nest-inspired lights suspended above the tables, while individual dining areas are divided by semi-sheer curtains. The food – a robust Portuguese/pan Asian menu – is courtesy of Rodrigo Garrett, formerly wok chef at the Four Seasons Miami. The reworked space is upscale but understated, and set against a stunning Atlantic backdrop.
Address:Avenida Montevideu 810, Porto, Portugal
Key features: A slickly renovated restaurant, bar and teahouse in a dramatic coastal location
Cuisine: Asian/Portuguese fusion
Chef: Rodrigo Garrett
Designers: Miguel Ribeiro de Sousa (exterior); Paulo Lobo (interiors)
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