Opened in late 2015 in the Príncipe Real district’s main road, Yakuza First Floor was Chef Olivier’s most recent addition to his already impressive portfolio in the city.
A few years later, Yakuza moved to Avenida da Liberdade, leaving the Príncipe Real’s first floor and also expanded outside Lisbon and Portugal with 3 more restaurants in Algarve, Cascais, Porto and one in Paris.
Once you step into the “new” Yakuza in Avenida da Liberdade, you are graced with the lavishness in the composition of the various spaces that contribute to a differentiating presence in the capital.
The new space presents a creative, eclectic and first quality menu that can be appreciated at the counter of the sushi bar or at a table overlooking a small winter garden with some very clear Japanese influences as well.
The Chef has, as always, added his own twist to the food, as the vast Japanese menu is met with some more western influences, and makes for an absolutely delicious experience – the menu includes a wide variety of traditional and new style sushi and sashimi, gunkans, makizushi, tempuras and gyozas, but in all truth the choice is best left to the Chef; our insider’s tip is to actually ask the Chef to be the one to choose for you, as you’ll be sure to end up eating some of their signature dishes, and the ones the Chef is more inspired to do. It also allows him some freedom and you will most probably end up having something special that isn’t on the menu!
Desserts are, of course, one of the big highlights and you really can’t go wrong, but we especially love the Kit Kat – surprising, but mouthwateringly delicious.
The trendy space is also perfect for a drink, at the bar or at the lounge, with a vast array of different cocktails and wines on offer – something Chef Olivier is known for having in all his restaurants.
All in all, Yakuza by Olivier has won us over with its near-flawless Japanese cuisine and its cool atmosphere, making it one of the top picks in Lisbon for dining out, and the location in the beautiful and splendid Avenida da Liberdade is also a fantastic plus.
Rua da Escola Politécnica 231, 1250 Lisboa, PortugalGet Directions
Wednesday 12:30–3PM, 8–11PM
Thursday 12:30–3PM, 8–11PM
Friday 12:30–3PM, 8PM–12AM
Tuesday 12:30–3PM, 8–11PM