In the emblematic restaurant opposite the Assembly of the Republic, the new “government” of XL took office on November 29, 2021, making it XXL. Grupo Olivier took over the management of the iconic space created by Vasco Gallego in 1994. The menu maintains the soufflés and steaks that marked a generation, but adapts gastronomic offers with an Olivier da Costa twist. A restaurant sought after by politicians, artists, high finance and the national jet set, XL entered a second chapter of its life, 27 years later, when Vasco Gallego, founder of this icon of São Bento, made the transition of portfolio and took office to a new executive led by Olivier da Costa. A new X was added to the iconic restaurant’s designation, reflecting the ambition poured into the new XXL. The handover takes place directly between the creator of the XL and the new owner, Olivier da Costa, a restaurateur with a career spanning 25 years and 19 restaurants in four countries and three continents.



XXL by Olivier heads to the south of Portugal for an expansion of the chic bistro concept, with the signature of Olivier da Costa. At the Wyndham Grand Algarve Hotel, in Quinta do Lago, the restaurant takes over with a menu that exposes the connection between respect for traditions, with the irreverence of restaurateur Olivier, where highlights are the Oxtail Croquette, Monkfish Picanha or Lobster Biscuit. In XXL, voting is free, and, between conservative or liberal tastes, everyone will take the side they want.

By the hands of Chefpreneur Olivier

“When I spoke to my friend Vasco Gallego about the dream to manage XL, immediately we were in tune. We closed the deal with no hesitation. Doing so after a 25-year career, after a pandemic and in the context of the international expansion efforts by Olivier Group, has a very important meaning both to me and my team” explains Olivier da Costa. “The responsibility of succeeding Vasco and recreating the dynamics and glamour that XL had in the 90’s is huge, only now, with the energy and creativity that Olivier Group developed along the XXI century.”, claims the spokesman of the group that now manages the place by the Republic Assembly.

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