The owner and the chef are both French, but Lisbon’s newest restaurant does not offer French or even Portuguese cuisine. It serves a fusion of world cuisines, particularly from Asia, Africa, and Northern Europe. It’s called “Nova Mesa” and it’s found in the PrÃncipe Real neighborhood, in one of the most tranquil spots in the city, PraÃ§a das Flores.
It’s open for lunch and dinner and at both times it offers two set-priced menus, from which you choose an appetizer, entrÃ©e, and dessert, only having to add the drinks to your final bill. The lunch price is â‚¬13.50 and dinner is â‚¬24. Most wines are Portuguese but there are also Spanish and French labels, all at reasonable prices.
As soon as you enter you notice the softly-colored dining area (mostly in tones of beige or white) which has a rather rustic appearance that somehow also manages to look contemporary. Not as immediately evident are the ingredients used on the dishes arriving later at your table, which are reportedly all-biological vegetables and some special imported spices. They’re added to “exotic” dishes such as pork dim sum or Thai curry chicken, allowing you to try a “new table,” a new cuisine, a new flavor of the world every time you return to the restaurant.
Address: Rua Marcos Portugal, 1 (PraÃ§a das Flores)
Phone: 213 966 287
Opening Times: 12PM-3PM; 7:30PM-11PM (midnight on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays)