Lisbon: Food hot spots

When I said I was going to Lisbon, my collegue’s first reaction was: “The food is terrible. I was there recently and nothing tasted good. All they had was dried fish.”

Not a very nice sum up.

Since I am such a nerdy planner I had already booked a table at all the restaurants I wanted to visit. There was no time to hesitate about my own research.

So how did it go? The Portuguese cuisine, which has many Mediterranean influences, was not all that wow-ing because I’m not the biggest fan of Mediterranean food. But I found three hotspots that are worth a visit – or two! – during your Lisbon stay.

A Cevicheria
Rua Dom Pedro V 129
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Visited: December 2015, January 2016

This place is a must. Order a pisco sour and sit in the bar to watch the chefs prepare all the yummy dishes. The menu has three big YES: the tuna ceviche, the steak tartar taco and the surf and turf mini sandwich with sweet potato bread. Also, the quinoa brulée is a fun and tasty dessert to end your meal with.

Mini Bar Teatro
Where: Rua António Maria Cardoso 58
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Visited: December 2015

Mini Bar is my true Lisbon crush. I get the giggles just thinking of it. The day before my visit, I ate at Belcanto Restaurant owned by José Avillez who also owns Mini Bar. Mini Bar has the best picks from Belcanto, dishes with advanced techniques and great flavours, but to a better price. I would say eating here is a bargain. It’s elegant food without stiffness, just plenty of fun. Order the tasting menu or, even better, the chefs menu and prepare to enter a theatrical adventure. The staff is brilliant, the drinks are even better and the food is the most exciting I’ve tasted in years.

Decadente Restaurante & Bar
Where: Rua São Pedro de Alcântara 81
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Visited: December 2015

Good food in a hipster and trendy atmosphere. This place reminded me a bit of Michelberger Hotel in Berlin. I went here twice during my stay, and tried both the a la carte menu and the three course lunch menu (for only 10 euros!). Both were priceworthy and tasty. Try the black spaghetti with prawns and spicy tomato sauce. My favourite. 🙂


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