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Traditional Portuguese Cuisine in Lisbon

Posted: 11/18/14


Traditional Portuguese Cuisine in Lisbon

Restaurant: Lisbon Portugal

Nelson: Our tour guide recommended this area for good local, authentic, cheap Portuguese cuisine. We picked this restaurant based on the neat display in front of some of their raw food. After a long wait because they were so busy we were finally seated.

I think they brought this out without our asking, this Pastel de bacalhau (.75€ each) or cod dumpling as we called it. This one had way more meat than first one we tried and it was less stringy. I liked it better than before, but still not my favourite.

Kitty badly wanted to try the salade de tentaculo (octopus salad 3.50€). It was full of oil and the octopus was a little chewy, but Kitty still liked it. I thought it was ok.
The ever present Bread. I took this picture thinking we would eat it, but we didn't end up eating it and was not charged for it.
The insides of the cod dumpling. You can see there is quite a bit of cod inside making it better than the last one we had.
Leo loved the Iberian ham from Spain, and when we saw a leg out on the counter we had to order it (5.50€). And he was right, it was so delicious and worth every penny. I've never had ham that tasted this good before. Hard to describe exactly what made it so good, but it had a nice amount of salt and fat with a tremendous depth of flavour. So goood!
Leo and Adrienne also wanted to try the sardinha assada (roasted sardines 7.50€). They were obviously very fishy, but I liked them a lot especially with the salt sprinkled on the outside. You have to like fish and be brave enough to start chomping on this whole.
We ordered wine as well (9€) which wasn't memorable at all, but sometimes that can be a good thing. They also brought some white wine vinegar and olive oil. I'm not exactly sure what it was suppose to go with, but I'm guessing the sardines.
Leo really loved the picanha grelhada steak (grilled filet steak 9€) he discovered in Brazil and wanted to share the experience with us. He was right as it was delicious. It's thin with a lot of salt topping the tender meat. It had a nice texture and not too chewy (but not as good as say tenderloin) when cooked rare as this one was. Also the rice was buttery and of course delicious. Seems like the Portuguese people like salty food, mostly meat and fish with some carbs and no vegetables.
Our other main was this garoupa grelhada (grilled garoupa 11€). Hard to believe this is more expensive than the steak, but it was also very good. Still a bit fishy with very firm meat, I enjoyed this too.
At the end of the meal, our waiter gave us (for free) a little bonus. He explained this is a Lisbon specialty, something called Ginja, a cherry liquor. My description for it: the best tasting cough syrup ever without any alcoholic taste. There's a lot more upcoming on this specific drink so stay tuned!
Finally because we saw so many other tables ordering this (not only at this restaurant), we ordered some melon (2€). It is similar to a musk melo or hami melon. The best part was the melon was prefectly ripe. Maybe they were in season while we were there? Anyway, a great way to end a great meal, that did hit all the things the guide suggested - cheap, authentic, local Portuguese cuisine.

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Categories: Appetizer,  Beef,  Brazilian,  Drinks,  Fish,  Fruit,  Portuguese,  Seafood,  

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