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Childhood memories of Portugal, rekindled?

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Childhood memories of Portugal, rekindled?

flavorenhancer | May 14, 2011 04:26 PM

As a young child (in the 60s) my family visited Lisbon and we ate at a restaurant that has remained in memory ever since those days long, long ago. I hope (in vain?) to re-discover that restaurant.
I remember staying in the Avenida Palace hotel, an elegant older hotel with beautiful rooms and a view out to the Praça Dom Pedro IV where old, black diesel Mercedes taxis circulated on the street and the Castelo de São Jorge was lit up at night on the horizon. My mother took my brothers and I for a short walk to a small restaurant, a few steps down below street level, where we sat at thick butcher block tables under dim electric lights. Each of us was issued a small wooden mallet which we used to crack open various forms of crustaceans that were served in utter simplicity, boiled or such, piled on the table.
I have searched in vain through various sites and message boards, but without a name my efforts have been so far fruitless. I post this message as a last attempt at possibly re-discovering a piece of childhood memory. Any help is welcome.
Muito obrigado!

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