It is practically impossible not to enjoy the food of Portugal. The dishes are always full of flavor, very well seasoned. Some of them are already known to us, such as the traditional pastéis de nata and the dishes with cod pieces. However, the country’s restaurants show us that Portuguese cuisine goes far beyond that.
In Lisbon, for example, there are several traditional places and others more modern and funky with incredible and diverse menus. As there are so many restaurant options, it is even difficult to decide which ones are worth visiting, right? Thinking about it, I have listed some of the most recommended places in the city and I will share with you the ones chosen by me 😉
Some restaurants are good for both the environment and the food, and the Prado is just like that. The decor of the place is charming, bright and full of hanging plants that transform the environment. Regarding the dishes, they are all based on national and seasonal ingredients, all very fresh.
The black swordfish, served with radishes, and the pork loin with quinces and chocolate peppers are two highlights of the menu. As they work with seasonal products, the menu changes regularly. If you want to see the entire menu just click here!
Quorum’s chef, Rui Silvestre, was the youngest Portuguese chef to earn a Michelin star. That is, imagine how well he cooks and how creative the dishes are! The restaurant’s menu features both traditional Portuguese dishes as well as others with international influences.
Among the menu options are the typical cod à brás, as well as a hake ceviche with tapioca. The desserts are very simple, so I recommend that you separate this time from the meal to eat somewhere else. Butter is a good option for those who want to eat great custard tarts 🙂
Although it is not just a restaurant, but several of them, I couldn’t stop talking about Mercado da Ribeira to you. It has existed since 1892 and in 2014 started to be managed by TimeOut Lisboa magazine. In addition to stalls of fruits, vegetables, fish and even flowers, the market has small restaurants by several renowned chefs.
For you not to get too lost inside the place, I will mention some of the must-see restaurants. For Portuguese and Mediterranean dishes, go to Chef Alexandre Silva. Those who love chicken should go to Chef Miguel Laffan and, finally, for innovative versions of traditional Portuguese dishes, Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa.
Recently opened, the Taberna Fina has been a positive surprise for everyone who has frequented the restaurant. The difference of the place is the tasting menu with 10 dishes, all made with local and seasonal ingredients. The menu also changes constantly, so you may be lucky enough to try different dishes if you go at different times.
As it is a tasting menu, the portions are quite small, but enough to make you satisfied at the end of the meal. The restaurant’s atmosphere is super charming, with completely black walls, wooden floors and white marble tables – super authentic and beautiful!
The chef responsible for Alma’s menu is Henrique Sá Pessoa, the same one I mentioned to you in the Mercado da Ribeira. He is one of the best chefs in the city, mainly because of his versatility. All dishes are delicious, whether made with ingredients from the land or the sea.
They offer different types of tasting menu, two of which are five dishes of the chef’s choice and one with three dishes based on the best of traditional Portuguese cuisine. You can also opt for the à la carte menu, with dishes such as monkfish fillet and the suckling pig. If you are curious to know more about the restaurant’s cuisine, take a look at their website.
The Avillez neighborhood is like a big food court, but everything inside is created by chef José Avillez. Each part of the place has a different function, and you can have completely different meals depending on where you choose to go. The environment is also beautiful, so it is really worth taking a walk there.
As for the separations within the Avillez neighborhood, they work as follows: the grocery store, the Taberna, the Páteo, the Beco and the Cantina Peruana. Each of them has a different style of cuisine, so you will have several options in one place. To understand how each one works, just click here 🙂
As the name implies, Pesca is geared towards sea foods, whether they are fish or seafood. Their menu is seasonal, so chef Diogo Noronha thinks of different menus for each season. One of the main proposals of the restaurant is to value the typical ingredients, creating dishes with freshness and flavor.
Some of the most requested dishes there are the cod loin served with terrincho cheese, turnips and broccoli and also the grilled octopus, accompanied by sweet potatoes, lettuce and avocado vinaigrette. Who likes oysters can ask for the small special menu for this food!
Once again talking about José Avillez in this post, but this time about the Belcanto restaurant. This restaurant is the first in Lisbon to have two Michelin stars, being among the 50 best restaurants in the world. The atmosphere only occupies 28 people, so I recommend that you book a place before going there.
The menu of the house is geared especially to traditional dishes of Portuguese cuisine. In addition to the tasting menus, you can choose a specific dish from the à la carte menu. Sea bass with seaweed and shellfish and smoked veal loin, served with vegetables, are two of the main options.
Opened by chef Miguel Castro e Silva, the Lumni is located at Lumiares Hotel and has one of the most diverse menus when compared to other restaurants on the list. They have a seven-course tasting menu, but customers often order from the à la carte menu.
Some of the most famous recipes there are cod à gomes de sá, hake accompanied by a souffle of greens and squid stuffed with pancetta from Alentejo. They have a unique vegetarian option on the menu, which is a simple pasta dish served with some vegetables.
Last but not least, a place unlike any other on the list. Boa-Bao is not aimed at Lusitanian cuisine, but at Asian. It is considered one of the best restaurants in the city for this type of cuisine, that is, if you love this style of dishes, be sure to visit the restaurant.
Some of the dishes you will find there are soups, the traditional gua bao, pad thai and different types of salads. As several dishes are made only with vegetables, this is a good option for vegetarians and vegans!
I imagine that most of you must have had your mouth water reading all this information about food, right? Those who are vegetarian or vegan can rest assured, because soon there will be a post on the site with special restaurants for those who follow this type of food 😉