Portugal & food… there’s no way you this combination can go wrong. Our food is cooked in a very simple way, but always with fresh ingredients, full of flavor and lots of love. We LOVE to eat and are deeply passionate about all things food. It is even one of the ways we express love… Parents, grandparents, aunts, they will always offer you all kinds of delicacies because “you look so skinny” (even if you don’t) or because “it just takes a minute” (even if it takes an hour to prepare). They will also take it the wrong way if you do not accept it, so hey, I started wearing dresses and skirts more for the extra space for yummy food. 😉
Not only that, but we are collectively obsessed with knowing what the next meal will be, and a typical lunchtime question would be “what are we having for dinner?”. So, without further ado, here are my tips on dishes and places to find out for yourself what your future favorite meal is.
- You HAVE to have bacalhau (codfish). It is yummy, it is done in more than 150 ways (#truefact) and it comes from Norway but we call it OUR national fish.
- Grilled fish in general – we pride ourselves on being fish masters. We catch it fresh from the ocean directly to the chalk griller. Then we eat it with a drizzle of olive oil, fresh lemon, and salt. AWE-SOME!
- Carne de porco à Alentejana (delicious pork meat) or, if you don’t like clams, Carne de porco à Portuguesa
- Bitoque no prato (yum yum!)
- Bifana: Basically meat on a bread, and what us Portuguese people would eat after a day at the beach or during/after a night out. Make sure you go crazy on the mustard!
Sweet, gorgeous yumminess:
- Pastéis de Nata: If you think you know them, think again. This is where you want to eat them. And then you won’t wanna leave there ever. They are crispy, they are freshly made (so still warm) and they are creamy heaven. Oh, and put some powder sugar and cinnamon on top before eating that’s the only real way to do it!
- You can also try Pastéis de Feijão (some of my favorites) and any other sweets but be warned: all of them are loaded with sugar and most likely eggs as well. Still… Yum!
“But where should I go?”, you ask.
Below a few places I’d recommend if you’re in the area. But again, take a few minutes to check out what’s near you… Most likely you’ll end up finding somewhere amazing yourself! And if you do, let me know!
- Tapa Bucho: So this is definitely one of my favorites. I think I’ve had (and loved) everything on the menu. Make sure to go early or not to go too hungry… the place is always packed and doesn’t take reservations. But do not shy away from it! It’s amaaazing!
- Pois Café (at Sé)
- Taberna da Rua das Flores
- Tosta a Metro: You don’t order a sandwich, you order cm of a sandwich, as everything here is paid by measurement.
- Hamburgueria do Bairro
- Ramiro (big bucks, but also big flavors — the most famous one in Lisbon)
- Pastéis de Belém: you don’t know Pastéis de Nata until you’ve been here, trust me.
- Noobai (more for the view than for the food or drinks)
- Confeitaria Nacional