Chef Kiko’s first restaurant in Lisbon, “O TALHO”, opened its doors in 2013 and quickly became a local sensation. Traditional butcher shops were slowly disappearing in the city and it was Kiko’s idea to create a traditional butcher shop and build a restaurant around it.
The venue is divided into a two areas. The front is dedicated to a retail butcher shop selling a wide selection of meat, specialty sausages and related products. A bar, restaurant and wine cellar are located in the back of the premises.
The butcher shop follows the design of a traditional butcher shop. White marble, white tile and metal curtains divide the space between the “production area” and the customer area. A large wall displays Kiko’s collection of vintage meat grinders, antique branding irons and vintage butcher knives.
The restaurant, on the other hand, is eclectic and full of surprises and whimsy. On one wall 500 traditional Portuguese wine bottles are displayed within an acrylic structure. Another wall is covered with a mix of blue and white plates. Cold rolled steel, subway tiles, recycled woods and a large live edge walnut counter complete the space.
The walls of the corridor to the restrooms are paneled with 250 deconstructed wine cases that give the feeling of wallpaper. A sculptural gate made of metal rebar protects the wine cellar.