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Chapter Ten -Eat Portugal

Well we have only been in Portugal five days and we have already experienced an amazing array of fabulous, fresh and delicious foods. And one dud.

We have a great kitchen in our Airbnb but except for  yogurt and beer the fridge is bare. I think I will cook tonight. It’s just been too tempting to explore the dining scene in Lisbon. And explore we have!  Like famished wolves.

If you plan to be in Lisbon and the surrounding area take note. I highly recommend checking out these

Fried Chicken at El Rei de Frango

places:

El Rei d’Frango – we waited twenty minutes for a table at this tiny hole in the wall place specializing in “Frango” chicken. It was very inexpensive and very delicious. They have other items in the menu too but we really enjoyed the Frango Frito (fried chicken) and the Frango Bras – a Portuguese specialty of chicken with Cod. A must visit. Thanks to my friend Donna for the recommendation.

Canto de Villa Bistro – while exploring the old town area of Alfama we randomly chose this restaurant

Bean Hash at Canto de Villa

and had a spectacular lunch or Portuguese specials. We enjoyed a bean and vegetable soup, a bean and ham hash with egg as well as a Cod bras.  A perfect way to test the waters as we get to know the local cuisine.

Bacalhau Na Villa – we spent a day in Sintra  we wanted a light lunch before we climbed the mountain to the palace.  I was headed to a touristy place near the center but Erik insisted we wander

Cod Bras at Bacalhau Na Villa

back in the narrow alleys and look for something. Good idea.  We found this restaurant specializing in Cod.  Amazing.  Cod is a staple in

Octopus salad and chickpea salad at Bacalhau

Portugal , even though the Cod they eat comes from Norway and Canada.  There is no locally caught Cod and there never has been.  It’s very interesting that it is such a staple.  We had a wonderful meal including Octopus salad, chickpea salad, Cod bras and green salad with crispy Cod skin.  We loved it.

The crab at Cervejaria Ramiro

Tiger Prawns

Our best meal hands down so far was at Cervejaria Ramiro just two blocks from our Airbnb.  Expect to wait for a table but it’s worth it.  This popular
restaurant is considered by the locals as Lisbon’s best. And Anthony Bourdain agrees when he was here a few years ago.  Bourdain’s endorsement has brought the tourists to eat with the locals but the
food and service remains stellar.  Lucky for us we were dining with a local, a friend of Erik’s names Salvador who lives in Lisbon. We gave him free-reign to order for us and with abandon.

We started with small shrimps followed by sweet tiny steamed clams.  Next was a spectacular whole crab served with a soup made from the crab guts.

Crab

Sounds gross?  I couldn’t get enough.  One of the most delicious and unique things I’ve ever had.  Next we ate giant tiger prawns and for some reason it’s tradition to end the seafood meal with a small beef sandwich.  I could eat that beautiful beef sandwich everyday for the

Beef sandwhich

rest of my life.

After all this I declined dessert but Erik and Salvador enjoyed a lime vodka ice cream.  The beer flows freely here and bread too.  They keep bringing both unless you tell them to stop.  A great local experience and meal.  Don’t miss it when in Lisbon.

Organi Chiado – this was another recommendation from a friend, Scott who was here just last month,

Fish cake and veg at Organi Chiado

so we checked it out.  Recently opened this organic place is making a name for itself with its incredible fresh and healthy offerings. The menu changes each day and is pretty small, but really good. We loved the tuna and the fish cake both served with green salad, grilled veg and brown rice.  We also tried the carrot and coconut soup and the gluten-free rice bread was excellent.  If the weather is good sit outside.

Unfortunately I have one thumbs down – our most expensive meal was the worst. Clube de Fado was a huge and expensive mistake.  The music was

Tough and unseasoned veal at Clube de Fado

delicious, the food was not.  My veal chop was like shoe leather and completely lacking seasoning. For $33 Euro it was unacceptable.  There are many, many places to enjoy the beautiful Fado music- find somewhere other than Clube de Fado.

So if you are going to be in Lisbon, be ready to eat local and enjoy this fabulous cuisine of Portugal.  I plan to take a cooking class when we get to Algarve next week so watch for that blog coming soon!

Feed me! Fabulous!

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11 Comments

  • Reply tasha amy

    OH MY GOSH! I am staring at my laptop screen drooling! Take me to Portugal now

    August 5, 2017 at 9:52 am
  • Reply Eva

    These posts are my favourite posts! I just love food recommendations, and reading about what people eat 😀 Sorry to hear that the expensive meal was the worst – how could they not season the veal and cook it too long? So sad! Anyway, it looks like you got plenty of delicious fish and seafood, so you got yourself some nice food memories.

    August 5, 2017 at 11:53 am
  • Reply Abby

    That ‘small’ beef sandwich from Cerverjaro Ramiro looks humongous. And absolutely amazing! I wonder how the Frango bras tasted?

    August 5, 2017 at 12:29 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Frango Bras was incredible!

      August 5, 2017 at 1:32 pm
  • Reply Rita Santos

    So happy to see people visiting my birth city that I love so much. Lisbon really has a lot to offer, specially when it comes to food 😀 You really nailed it and had the best portuguese dishes! Really cool post. Will keep on following your blog for sure!

    August 5, 2017 at 1:14 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Having a great time!

      August 5, 2017 at 1:33 pm
  • Reply Lenise Calleja

    I am flying to Portugal next week and will surely try one of the suggested restaurants..thanks for sharing

    August 5, 2017 at 1:30 pm
  • Reply Bernadette Jackson

    Wow that looks good! And gluten free bread too. We spent so much time eating seafood on previous visits, we never got near any chicken. Next time!

    August 5, 2017 at 1:44 pm
  • Reply Nancy Rimel

    Laureen: This makes me want to fly to Lisbon today. Someone told me Lisbon reminded them of San Francisco…is that the case for you guys? I am so happy for you that Erik has joined you and Arne. Enjoy.

    August 5, 2017 at 3:43 pm
    • Reply Laureen

      Well its like San Fran because of the hills, but it feels more spread out than SF and has a lot of open space too. It really is lovely and great transportation.

      August 5, 2017 at 4:24 pm
  • Reply Rachelle

    I’ve heard the food scene in Portugal is no joke…and this just proves it! Love the pictures and have added some of the restaurants to my ever-growing list of places to try!

    August 5, 2017 at 7:47 pm
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