Barra Cascabel by Madrid-based Mexican Michelin restaurant Punto MX arrives to Lisbon. Created in a partnership with José Avillez Group, making its debut in the Gourmet Experience at El Corte Inglés Lisboa.

Since December 22nd 2017.


After the grand success of Salón Cascabel in Madrid, the fun-loving concept now enters Lisbon where it’ll offer authentic Mexican flavours and original cocktails based on Mezcal. It’s the result of a partnership between the marvellous Mexican chef Roberto Ruiz and the famous Portuguese José Avillez, who’s restaurant group will take on Barra Cascabel’s daily management.

Both Ruiz and Avillez believe in creating different and attractive concepts that their guests can enjoy. Additionally José Avillez has a great interest in world gastronomy and believes the best formula is to ally with the best of each ideas and themes to ensure a high quality of projects.

Barra Cascabel has the setting of a contemporary ‘antojería’, an informal place where the best antojitos and cocktails are to be shared amongst like-minded food lovers. Its gastronomy is easy to understand, close, fun and with a broad spectrum for all tastes. This in addition to being a dynamic menu that will be adapted for each season.

Chefs Roberto Ruiz and José Avillez.


To Roberto Ruiz, a contemporary antojería preserves the handmade nature of traditional Mexican cuisine but looks to technology to pull off the perfect dish. And to go along with the dishes, nothing is better than the original cocktail menu that presents mezcal as the main player.

Barra Cascabel has an energetic and upbeat team, willing to create unforgettable moments in an edgy atmosphere while guiding the culinary experience of the guest, as Mexican food can be personalised to each ones palates. More or less spicy – more or less sauces.

“Our offer of Mexican food is daring, authentic and a lot of fun”, explains Roberto Ruiz, further adding; “The atmosphere is irrevent, edgy and both the team and place have a unique energy. It’s a restaurant full of personality and very intense, because when we think of Mexican food, we think of fun!”

“I’m interested in the different world cuisines and was somewhat sorry about Lisbon not having an offer as strong as other European cities”, says José Avillez; “it’s with great excitement that we start this partnership with chef Roberto Ruiz, the top reference of Mexican cuisine in Europe, and that we open Barra Cascabel!”



Roberto Ruiz, a Mexico City-native, defines himself as a chef who’s passionate about what he does, creative, technicist and innovative, without ever forgetting tradition. Determined, he insists on the importance of being able to offer authentic and surprising flavours as the main theme in each of his different gastronomic concepts.

Aside from Barra Cascabel in Lisbon, Roberto Ruiz’ world also includes: Punto MX in Madrid, the first Mexican restaurant in Europe to be awarded with a Michelin star and two Repsol suns, where he presents Mexican flavours under a cosmopolitan interpretation. Additionally Mezcal Lab, in Madrid, an unique concept to enjoy Punto MX’s most representative dishes of the last five years and new cocktail lines based on mezcal.

Also Salón Cascabel, in Madrid, a contemporary antojería that preserves the handmade nature of traditional cuisine. With unique dishes it offers the best authentic Mexican flavours with local products of the highest quality.

Cantina y Punto, in Bogotá, a partnership with Takami Group, the supreme most important group of the restaurant and hotel business in the Colombian capital; here Roberto Ruiz offers a diverse cuisine, inspired by the authentic Mexican flavours in an easy-going atmosphere.

Last but not least, the Huerto Ecológico (ecological orchard). An impressive 9 hectares orchard in Segovia, Spain, where more than 80 different species of Mexican products are grown which makes Ruiz’s places the only 100% self-sufficient Mexican restaurants in Europe.




Considered one of the absolute greatest Portuguese chefs, José Avillez stands out due to his enterprising spirit and his willingness to go one step further.

José Avillez Group, a reference in the restaurant business in Portugal, has several restaurants, each with a unique concept: Belcanto – the only Portuguese restaurant in Lisbon distinguished with two Michelin stars, and the only Portuguese restaurant included in the selection of the world’s 100 best restaurants by the prestigious “World’s Best Restaurants List”.

Additionally Beco, Mini Bar, and Bairro do Avillez (that includes different concepts), Taberna, Páteo, Beco – Cabaret Gourmet and Cantina Peruana, Cantinho do Avillez in Lisbon and Oporto. Café Lisboa, Pizzaria Lisboa, Pitaria, Cantina Zé Avillez and the places located in the Gourmet Experience at El Corte Inglés Lisboa – Tasca Chic, Jacaré and now, Barra Cascabel.

Apart from supporting the restaurants’ work, José Avillez’ team helps him develop his different projects, including his TV-shows, books, his signature wines, and the radio show he co-hosts.



What: Barra Cascabel, Gourmet Experience, El Corte Inglés Lisboa – 7th floor.

Where: Av. Antonio Augusto de Aguiar 31, 1069-413 Lisbon, Portugal @saloncascabel #EnchilandoLisboa

Opening hours: Sunday-Thursday: 12:00 to 23:00, Friday-Saturday: 12:00 to 00:00


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