What are â€œpetiscosâ€? You could call them â€œtapasâ€ but that would be Spanish. Petiscos are also small plates, originally served between meals, often to accompany a drink, but more recently theyâ€™ve become a trend in Lisbonâ€™s restaurants which are turning them into full meals. Taking a note from the international success of Spanish tapas, there are now several restaurants specializing in petiscos, usually with a â€œeveryone shares them at the tableâ€ concept. Here we present the ten places you should try:
ADEGA VICTOR HORTA
Rua Cais de Santarem, 6
Not far from the famous Casa dos Bicos is this â€œadegaâ€ (wine cellar) which produces its own wine and prepares petiscos in its wood oven. The kitchen opens to the rustic-style dining area, so youâ€™ll leave smelling of smoke but itâ€™s still one of the most recommendable dining experiences for those looking for a special night of local traditions.
In addition to Portuguese petiscos youâ€™ll also have Spanish tapas in a spacious room that also has a bar serving dozens of different gins. Itâ€™s quite a popular spot at the moment.
Rua Marechal Saldanha, 1
Facing one of the cityâ€™s viewpoints by the Pharmacy Museum, this restaurantâ€™s dÃ©cor is inspired by the pharmacies of the past. The menu lists a number of petiscos which young crowds seem to enjoy accompanied by Portuguese wines.
In a neighborhood of small traditional family-run restaurants this one stands out for providing a contemporary touch to the traditional petiscos. Youâ€™ll want to avoid it if youâ€™re vegetarian, but meat lovers will enjoy the place and the wines accompanied by cheese.
TABERNA DA RUA DAS FLORES
Rua das Flores, 103
Open throughout the day for a mid-day snack or a full meal, this space recalls the old local grocery stores and taverns. Itâ€™s a charming place for petiscos following some long-forgotten recipes.
DE CASTRO ELIAS
When one of Portoâ€™s most successful chefs moved to Lisbon, he opened this place as his first restaurant. Located not far from the Gulbenkian Museum, itâ€™s a good choice for a lunch of petiscos. Look for the clams with butter beans (â€œameijoas com feijÃ£o manteigaâ€) which is a classic of the chef.
TASCA DA ESQUINA
The chef is one of the cityâ€™s most acclaimed but instead of fine dining the restaurant offers refined versions of traditional petiscos. Here the concept isnâ€™t so much sharing but ordering them individually at surprisingly reasonable prices considering the quality.
Rua da EsperanÃ§a 112-114
This restaurant is packed every night by crowds sharing traditional dishes. It was the first one to revive the petiscos concept a few years ago and is still quite popular. It doesnâ€™t take bookings so show up early.
Rua da EsperanÃ§a, 100
Almost immediately next door to Taberna Ideal, this one has the same owners and also serves a menu of petiscos which you are encouraged to share. The dÃ©cor curiously mixes pages of old books, pots and pans. It also does not take bookings.
Rua do DiÃ¡rio de NotÃcias, 95
Itâ€™s not exactly a restaurant, itâ€™s a wine bar, but it serves excellent restaurant-style petiscos. Although many go for the flaming chouriÃ§o (sausage), there are a few other choices to accompany the wines.