Lisbon Journals

Eating and wandering round Lisbon

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An October 2011 trip to Lisbon by Slug

Grilled Squid - one of my favourite simple dishes Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
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Restaurante A Tasquinha

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Restaurant | "Good restaurant near the Castelo de São Jorge. "

Restaurante A Tasquinha Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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In a bout of bad planning, we found ourselves in need of a meal near one of the touristy regions of Lisbon near the Castle of St George. We are always wary of those restaurants that cater to tourist parties (both for the quality of the food, and the forced hilarity and banal conversations of the folk thrown together on a package tour), and decided to stray a little down the hill from the castle.We fell upon the Restaurante A Tasquinha (Little Tavern) just a short walk down the hill and bit less busy than the places at the top. The menu looked very Portuguese with lots of grilled fish and meat. Prices weren't particularly keen, but it wasn't over the top for either a main course (around 8 E...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 19, 2011

Restaurante A Tasquinha
Largo Contador-Mor 6
Lisbon, Portugal 1100
218 876 899

Bocca Della Verita

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Restaurant | "The Mouth of Truth found the Pizza OK"

Bocca Della Verita Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Lisbon folk don’t eat quite as late as many Europeans and by 8:30 many of the restaurants are getting busy with diners. 8:30 in Spain will find restaurants populated by the odd starving Brit and no-one else. After a bit of a gentle bar crawl of the lively Bairro Alto district of Lisbon, we were looking for a reasonably quiet, cheap and cheerful place to dine. While it was pretty busy with local diners already, the Bocca Della Verita had a table for four ready to roll. A pizza or Italian main dish seemed to be just the thing. The Bocca Della Verita (The Mouth of Truth) is named after a statue with a hole in the mouth standing in a Rome Church. If you tell a lie your hand will be...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 9, 2011

Bocca Della Verita
Rua Da Escola 27
Lisbon, Portugal 1250-099
21 346 54 00

Pavilhao Chines

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Attraction | "Pavilhao Chines: Good place for a stare and a drink"

Pavilhao Chines Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Housed in a sprawling turn of the 20th century former grocery store, the Pavilhao Chines bar (Chinese Pavilion for those of us with poor Portuguese) is something of a delight to behold although the experience has to be described as a little contrived.Although entrance into the Pavilhao Chines is free, beers are not cheap at 5 Euros for a large glass (wine is very silly priced at 4 Euros a small glass or 25 a bottle), but to have a drink in a museum is a rare treat.The bar itself is a wonderful piece of art deco styling, while the adornments hanging from the walls and ceilings must have taken countless hours to arrange and collect. This is a kind of good quality Portuguese "Iris...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 7, 2011

Pavilhao Chines
R. Dom Pedro V 89
Lisbon, Portugal
213 424 729

Port Wine House (Solar do Vinho do Porto)

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Attraction | "Lisbon's best Port Wine House"

Port Wine House (Solar do Vinho do Porto) Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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Solar Do Vinho Do Porto (the Port Wine House) is the "must do" place for Port Wine lovers to visit in Lisbon. While I’ve better enjoyed drinking Port in a couple of places in Porto, I’ve not found anywhere to beat the chilled atmosphere and sheer choice of ports in this place. The bar is in the Bairro Alto region of town amidst a whole host of bars and restaurants and is in a perfect spot to start or close an evening out. Unfortunately since my last visit to the Solar Do Vinho Do Porto, the place has been done up meaning the old ramshackle atmosphere has been lost forever. Instead it has been replaced by a rather pleasing modern worldly green palace with sophisticated up lighting, spot ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 3, 2011

Port Wine House (Solar do Vinho do Porto)
45 Rua de Sao Pedro de Alcantara
Lisbon, Estremadura
21/347-57-07

Tips for dining in Lisbon

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Grilled Squid - one of my favourite simple dishes Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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I’ll be straight up honest and admit that Portugal doesn't offer one of my favourite world cuisines although it is perfectly possible to eat very well in the country if you follow a few basic guidelines.Breakfast: I must confess we usually simply buy a nice fresh crusty loaf of bread and buy fresh tomatoes and one of the wonderful local cheeses (there is a particularly impressive range of goat's cheese on offer in Portugal) or fish pastes and have a DIY breakfast picnic. It helps if you book an apartment to stay in (and I can recommend rent4days.com), but you can usually get away with it in a hotel room as long as you have a knife of some kind with you. Alternatively, you can g...Read More