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Lisbon - great food without romance ?

willowan | May 23, 2010 03:40 AM

Dear all

Off to Lisbon next weekend , but with a friend as opposed to other half, hence no need for romance - just great food !

Am open to any cuisine suggestions, though price bracket more towards moderate than high end. Prefer a locals vibe rather than touristy though lamentably I speak no Portuguese so nowhere too unfriendly or intimidating, please !

What I would really like to know is if there is anywhere which is the equivalent of La Paradeta in Barcelona - great value no frills seafood that you choose what you want and how you want it cooking in almost a market kind of setting ( poor description but if you have been hopefully you will know what I mean - if you haven't been you should go ! )

If there is no similar nirvana in Lisbon, where to go for great squid and can you get totani in Lisbon ( previously only had in southern Italy ) ?

Also any thoughts on the following places which I have happened upon on these pages

Bonjardim - if so touristy can it be any good ?
Gambrinus - is this v. formal - need to book ?
Sinal Vermelho - are we in danger of falling into the romance trap here ?
Tasca da Esquina - thoughts ?

Finally any decent bars with live music suitable for two blokes in early 40's i.e not full of students - I know there is a big music festival next weekend so this may be a big 'ask' but all thoughts welcome.

Thanks in advance

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