UPDATE: THIS RESTAURANT HAS CLOSED. CLUB “VOYEUR” HAS TAKEN OVER ITS SPACE.
When Lisbon’s casino opened in 2006 it offered one of the city’s best restaurants. That was “Pragma” which was able to get Fausto Airoldi, the acclaimed chef of the renowned “Bica do Sapato” restaurant. It served some of the city’s most innovative food at prices suitable for high gamblers, so perhaps because of the global economic crisis, that restaurant closed last year, only to be renovated and reopened with a new name and concept. It’s still the same chef cooking creative contemporary cuisine, but the prices have gone down. It’s all presented in a loungy space with low tables, sofas, and comfy chairs, where the idea is to invite conversation and lounging as you eat through the night. The menu lists almost three dozen mini-dishes, tapas-like portions to be shared at the table. They range in price between 3.50 and 7.50 euros and each plate has two pieces, so how much you spend depends on how much you eat. You may order until 2AM which means that you may try your luck at the slot machines or gaming tables, perhaps catch a live show, and return to try another dish. The name “Suite” is to evoke the idea of “room service,” where you can order anything at any time, a concept much more suitable to the environment of a casino.