And the food journey continues. Seriously, Lisbon is perfect for people who want to enjoy good food! (I’m not even talking about the weather!). Obviously we go back more often to see family and friends, but at the same time we do proper holidays and try to explore new places. During a whole week I think I only went to a place I already knew, most of the places were new to me. Can’t hardly wait to go back!
But as we wanted something more informal (and less expensive too!), the choice was Cafe Lisboa, and what a great discovery it was!
Even though the day was great and there was some outdoor space, we’ve decided to go indoors. The place is beautiful!
The staff was really friendly throughout. I felt really relaxed! Being a weekday lunch, most of the people around were office workers, people who are lucky enough to work on Chiado!
Just the couvert alone was pretty good! I don’t remember what all the sauces were, but they were good!
As I wanted a fish dish, I went for Vinho Verde! He couldn’t resist the beers .
Before I start showing the food I’ve ordered, I need to say that Avillez concept is all about bringing a modern twist to the Portuguese traditional food, and it delivers perfectly!
For starter we’ve ordered Farinheira with egg
Note (from Wikipedia) Farinheira is a smoked sausage made mainly from wheat flour, pork fat and seasonings (white wine, paprika, salt and pepper). Its original recipe did not contain pork fat; it was invented by the Jews during the 15th century to deceive the Portuguese Inquisition by making them believe that they were converted to Christianity by showing they were eating pork. It has a yellow/brown colour and is served in traditional dishes like feijoada or cozido à portuguesa. It is also eaten on its own, roasted or fried. In modern versions, it is previously cooked, then peeled and mixed with scrambled eggs and served on bread or toast as a starter.
Although it resembles a chouriço or other meat sausage, its taste is not meaty; it’s tangy (but not hot), with a doughy texture and has a somewhat sweet finish in the palate. It is never cooked sliced unlike other sausages since its dough like content would pour out of the skin during cooking.
Normally I don’t order Farinheira because the flavour tends to be really strong. This was creamy and delicious, a perfect mixture of flavours.
Having checked the reviews online on Zomato, I knew I wanted the Bacalhau a Bras, another portuguese classic dish, with “exploding olives”
So yummy!!! It was the best Bacalhau a Bras I’ve ever had! It’s not the tradicional recipe but it’s good!
For dessert we went for the chocolate Mousse, which was really creamy and delicious! Perfect!
Finally we couldn’t leave without having the Pasteis de Nata with our coffee.
The pasteis where not the best I’ve ever had, but they felt great anyway 🙂
So overall we left with a smile on our face, it was a very good experience with a very good service (which thankfully was not pretentious at all). If you want to try Portuguese food with a modern twist, this is a great place to go! The total bill was 62€ for 2, which considering it’s a famous Chef in the city centre was a really good price!
After all the food, we were more than ready for a walk in the city centre, but that’s for another post 🙂
Enjoy your weekend!