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Lisbon - one dish at a time

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An August 2012 trip to Lisbon by koshkha

Populi Caffé & Restaurant Photo, Lisbon, Portugal More Photos
Quote: Portuguese people LOVE food - and make great dining companions. Try not to calculate the calories for my 3 day trip to Lisbon!

Di Casa

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Restaurant | "A Pizza the Action"

Di Casa Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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My life at work has changed a lot this year, mostly for the better, especially in terms of culinary opportunities. In previous years I spent a lot of time in Germany and the Netherlands which can be bleak culinary landscapes but thanks to some changes in the composition of my team, I now get more excuses to go to places where the food is more interesting. This week I was more than happy to be going to visit my colleague in Lisbon, although a bit nervous after hearing that the temperatures were in the high 30s.Portuguese people LOVE food and even in the middle of the hardest recession for years, it will take more than a ‘crisis’ to stop them eating out. I realise that ‘Portuguese people lov...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Di Casa
Vasco Da Gama Shopping Mall
Lisbon, Portugal

Populi Caffé & Restaurant

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Restaurant | "In praise of octopus"

Populi Caffé & Restaurant Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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I’m not sure if it’s possible to eat badly in Lisbon – certainly even more sure that applies if you’re dining with locals. When the sales director of our Portuguese business asked me to visit he included an invitation for dinner. When the head of the Iberian business decided he’d also fly over from Barcelona because he’d like to come along, I knew that dinner was going to be good. No sales guy would ever take his boss somewhere that wasn’t excellent. The chosen restaurant was a place called Populi, a hot new cafe-restaurant which opened in June this year and which is located on one the city’s most beautiful squares, the Palace Square or Terreiro do Paço. Apparently this square has only r...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

Populi Caffé & Restaurant
Terreiro do Paco
Lisbon, Portugal
218 877 395

O Fuso

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Restaurant | "The Cult of the Cod"

O Fuso Photo, Arruda dos Vinhos, Portugal
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One of the biggest mysteries about Portugal is the national passion for bacalhau or dried salt cod. You could understand it if the country was a long way from the sea and the only way to get fish was to buy it from a long way away and preserve it with salt and drying, but Portugal is not a long way from the sea – it's surrounded by it. All year round the nation's fishermen are out on the water bringing back fresh fish for a country whose per capita fish consumption is the highest in Europe and in the top four worldwide. With so much good fresh food, it's a bit of a mystery that Portuguese are so attached to dried fish. I did wonder if it was a throwback to the days when Portuguese sailors went off to...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on August 25, 2012

O Fuso
Rua Cândido Dos Reis 94
Arrudo dos Vinhos, Portugal
263 975 121

Pasteis de Belem

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Restaurant | "175 years of custard tart heaven"

Pasteis de Belem Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
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What’s the best way to prepare for a six course dinner? Perhaps you should starve yourself all day to ensure you’ve got plenty of space. Perhaps you should take a light salad at lunch and eat frugally. Or maybe – just maybe – when you’re in Lisbon, you should have a mountain of codfish for lunch and then prepare for dinner by going out for a custard tart at the fabulous Antiga Casa de Pasteis de Belem, next door to the city’s famous Jeronimos Monastery.I first discovered the ‘Old Tart House’ during a weekend in the city six years ago when my Portuguese friend took my husband and me to buy tarts after a visit to the monastery. On that occasion the place was so busy that we bought from the c...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 26, 2012

Pasteis de Belem
Rua De Belem N 84 A 92
Belem, Lisbon, Portugal 1300
+351 (21) 363 7423

Restaurante Pharmacia

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Restaurant | "Just what the doctor ordered"

Restaurante Pharmacia Photo, Coimbra, Portugal
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My colleague Isabel chose this quirky restaurant located within the building of the Museum of Pharmacy and booked a table for eight o’clock which is unfashionably early by Portuguese standards. We turned up 20 minutes late and were still the first diners in the restaurant. This place is extraordinary and the best example I’ve seen of a ‘high concept’ restaurant. The owners have completely put themselves into the mind-set of a pharmacy, surrounding diners with old pharma and hospital furniture, serving food and drink with pharmaceutically inspired names, and presenting your food with pharma bottles and even specimen jars on the table. I’m told in the colder months all the waiting staff wear white coat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 26, 2012

Restaurante Pharmacia
Rua Marechal Saldanha 1
Coimbra, Beiras
213 462 146

Arigato Sushi House

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Restaurant | "Raw fish in the sunshine"

Arigato Sushi House Photo, Lisbon, Portugal
Quote:
My last meal in Lisbon was to be lunch and my colleagues had chosen wisely. The logical, rational justification was that the restaurant would not be far from the airport so we could eat and then they’d drop me off for my flight. The emotional – and therefore much more important – reason was simpler – FISH! Portuguese people adore fish and the restaurant proposed was a sushi bar called Arigato. Not just a sushi bar but an extraordinarily unusual concept – an all you can eat Japanese buffet. And believe me, when it comes to raw fish, your average Portuguese can eat a LOT, even two dainty little ladies like Isabel and Ana.Arigato is located on the Expo site, the area of Lisbon which was devel...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on August 27, 2012

Arigato Sushi House
Alameda Dos Oceanos 4
Lisbon, Portugal
218 967 132