Just got back from beautiful Lisbon and I have to say I've never eaten so well on vacation before!
Some highlights. I was solo on this trip so I ate waaaay too much.
*Manteigaria- excellent pasteis de nata, ya I know they're everywhere but these were devine
*Romiro- first restaurant I visited straight off the plane, packed(30 min-1 hour wait on 2 separate occasions), touristy expensive but so worth it. Local shellfish done right, and I've never eaten so much garlic in one sitting, no razor clams on both visits but the clams in GARLIC, shrimps in GARLIC and grilled giant red prawns were outstanding.. service was great and quick, tons of locals as well as tourists
*Restaurante Cova Funda Intendente- A lucky find in my neighborhood, just stumbled upon it while walking home on night. Restaurante typicos, family run joint, no pretentions simply prepared food. Always packed after 8pm,locals, families, tourists(like me) Meats and seafood heavy menu, veggies are an afterthought but ok, octopus was outstanding. platters are huge.
*Piri piri chicken- way different from what I'm used to here in Toronto, basically grilled or rotisserie chicken served with house "piri piri sauce" on the side. I went to 2 different places.
Casa de India- typical local joint, grill in the front, counter seats chicken and meat heavy menu.
Chicken was dry but tasty, piri piri sauce was excellent, atmosphere was charming and fun. pretty cheap. 8 euros for 1/2 chicken, rice and fries and a beer. Second place was Bonjardim in a very touristy part of Alfama, Chicken was much better, juicy and crispy skin, 0 atmosphere or charm, service was quick but just that, expensive. 20 euros for half a chicken, fries(tons), salad(joke) and a beer(cold) and the piri piri sauce was spicy and addictive . Better for 2 people to share I think..
I'll see if I can add some photos.
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