“Sommer” and the other attractive Rua da Moeda restaurants

Sommer Restaurant, Lisbon
Rua da Moeda is just another ordinary street in the unremarkable Cais do Sodré/São Paulo neighborhoods, but perhaps due to its proximity to the Santos Design District it’s become one of Lisbon’s most attractive addresses for dining out. That’s thanks to the trendy Yasmin and La Moneda restaurants, and more recently, Sommer. These three restaurants are literally next door to each other, and each one is more attractive than the next. Which one you choose really only depends on where you can find a table or what you’re in the mood for when you look at the menus.

Yasmin is the most expensive of the three, and also the hippest, with its stylish contemporary design interior. La Moneda is perhaps the most informal (and least expensive) but no less attractive, and includes a good bar for post-dinner drinks. Sommer opened only a few months ago in late 2008 and also features an attractive bar, although you’ll really want to grab a table for the full meal experience. I went there for the first time last Saturday night, but this was actually my second attempt, as I had gone there the week before only to find it completely booked for the night. So this time I made sure I made a reservation and was able to see that its immediate popularity is justified, thanks to a welcoming staff and well thought-out menu.

We were three at the table and tried the tuna steak with vegetables, an eggplant-pumpkin-tomato risotto, and the codfish taco over potatoes and asparagus. This last one is not a taco in the Mexican tortilla sense, but a solid piece of fresh cod, something quite different from the traditionally dried and salted cod dishes found all over Portugal. Someone had to be the designated driver, so instead of a bottle we ordered wine by the glass, and for dessert we had the passion fruit cheesecake and the chocolate coulant with peanuts and lemon sorbet. In total it was 61 euros, which we all found to be quite reasonable.

The space is mostly white and orange tones from the lighting to the chairs, and although it is of a relatively large size booking is a must on weekends if you want to guarantee a spot — although if you can’t get a reservation there you can always wait for some other time and try the two other excellent options next door.

La Moneda Restaurant, Lisbon
Yasmin Restaurant, Lisbon

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