Story by Barbara & Manos Angelakis
Photos by Manos Angelakis

Corinthia Lisbon Exterior

Corinthia Hotel Lisboa
Av. Columbano Bordalo Pinheiro 105,
1099-031 Lisboa, Portugal
www.corinthia.com/Lisbon

In the past we have visited several of these privately owned group of  luxury properties and have had a wonderful experience at every one of  them, in fact, Barbara stayed at the Corinthia Budapest and the original Malta property on several occasions as well as the flagship Corinthia  London and visited the elegant St. Petersburg and Prague hotels. The new Corinthias, which we have not yet visited, at Tripoli and Khartoum are  stunning examples of modern architecture at its most innovative.

However, in most of the European hotels, an existing historic building was  redesigned to meet the exacting standards set by the Pisani family of  Malta, founders of the 5-star Corinthia brand. Their desire for old  world elegance and impeccable style for all properties carrying the  Corinthia name was set by the first Corinthia (see Corinthia Palace) which also set the high standards for the quality, friendliness and  loyalty of their staff, many of which have been with the brand since its inception. The Lisbon property is currently undergoing a complete  refurbishing and the design and colors chosen lend a fresh new air to  the spacious rooms and suites.

Corinthia Lisbon Executive Lounge

While all the 518 rooms and suites at the Corinthia Hotel Lisbon offer the  finest in facilities and the latest in technology, a special treat is to experience the Executive Club Sky Lounge, a large area on the 24th floor dedicated to personalized service. There is ample space to work,  meet colleagues, or just relax. Daily breakfast is served and food,  snacks and drinks are available all day and well into the evening.

The Spa is an award winning facility and perfect for relaxing and  distressing after business meetings or sightseeing forays, for details  see (see Spa Story)

Corinthia Lisbon Tempus Lounge

The hotel has 2 restaurants, Cete Colinas and Tipico and two bars, the Tempus Lounge and, in warm weather, the Terrace Lounge.

Cete Colinas is the less formal restaurant where an extensive buffet  breakfast, lunch and dinner are served in a relaxed atmosphere. During  spring and summer, Cete Colinas also serves meals on the Terrace Lounge.

Corinthia Lisbon Tipico Nuno Canela Decanting Wine

Tipico is the main restaurant at the Corinthia Hotel and, if you like good  food and an impressive cellar this is the perfect place to dine when you are in Lisbon.

Ethnic Portuguese  cuisine is very enjoyable and there are numerous restaurants in Lisbon,  including Michelin-starred ones, which offer solid Portuguese dishes and very good wines. But it was international level haute cuisine that I  was looking for or, even better, perhaps a fusion of high-end ethnic and international; and I was not disappointed at Tipico. 

Presided over by Nuno Canela, the assistant food and beverage manager, and the  sous chef Diogo Felix who is steeped in the unusual combination of  Brazilian and Japanese cooking, our dinner there was as spectacular as  at any starred restaurant whose kitchen I have been fortunate enough to  experience.

I was flattered but not  surprised when Nuno, who was the assistant to the assistant beverage  manager the last time I stayed at the Corinthia in Lisbon and who had  taken care of my meal then, not only remembered me but also remembered  my choices. Nuno is a perfect example of the type of staff that you  would expect to find at a Corinthia property. He recalled that I enjoyed the Shellfish Cataplana I had six years ago, as well as the Alvarinho  white wine that accompanied my meal. And while that would have been a  good choice this time around as the Cataplana seafood is still on the  menu, we agreed to give chef Diogo full rein over our dinner.

Corinthia Lisbon Tipico Egg

We began with a series of small appetizer dishes that included a truffled  coddled egg on a bed of smashed bread and garlic; a timbale of fresh  cheese curd and tarragon wrapped in aspic on a bed of peeled Muscat  grapes and lemon curd drops; smoked Norwegian salmon wrapped around  crème fraîche; octopus salad and oysters from the appetizer buffet and a few other delectable tidbits.

Nuno surprised us with a bottle of Duro’s Vale da Poupa, an aromatic Muscat  field blend, a slightly off dry white wine that paired beautifully with  the small plates.

Corinthia Lisbon Lemon-Basil Sorbet Palate Clenser

To cleanse the palate, a lemon/basil sorbet with red pistachio nuts was offered.

For the main course, he opened a 2010 Neves Merlot Reserva.

Corinthia Lisbon Timbale of Fresh Cheese Curd wrapped in Aspic

My main was a Vitello dry aged fillet, cooked medium rare as I like, with  asparagus peels and Madeira sauce. I did not have to ask for it to be  cooked that way, either Nuno remembered or, and that is the most  probable, they keep detailed notes on the preferences of return guests  -- the way other exceptional European 5-star properties are known to do.

Barbara’s main was a classic Portuguese codfish dish with chickpea purée, boiled egg and truffle on top of mustard greens.

The presentation for all dishes was outstanding and the taste was divine!

Corinthia Lisboa Vintage Black Cherry Liquor

At Nuno’s suggestion, after finishing the meal we moved to the Tempus  Lounge for dessert of rice pudding, poached pear, ginger and candied  nuts, and a glass of vintage black cherry liquor while listening to the  piano player tinkling the ivories. We ended our evening listening to  guests singing along to the familiar melodies; what a delight!

 

 

 

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