Posts About 'Food & Drink'

The 10 Most Famous Foods in Lisbon

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

There are certain foods that people go out of their way to enjoy. Those kinds of specialities that turn ordinary restaurants into legends and often into symbols of a city. Here are ten things to eat in Lisbon that people rave about.

Piri Piri Chicken

It’s perhaps even more famous outside Lisbon thanks to the Nando’s chain. But there are no Nando’s in Lisbon and Lisbon’s chicken is nothing like Nando’s. First of all, it’s far from being fast food, it’s meant to be enjoyed slowly and ideally on the terrace of the Bonjardim restaurant. Also known as “Rei dos Frangos” (“The King of Chickens”), it’s very much a local place but also a tourist magnet, with many claiming this is the best chicken they’ve ever had.

Pastel de Nata

Lisbon’s most famous pastry is often imitated but never duplicated around Portugal and now even the world. The original place to try them is Antiga Confeitaria de Belem (known to most simply as “Pastéis de Belém”) but there is also a couple of “Nata Lisboa,” small spots specializing in the delicacy, in the Chiado and Principe Real neighborhoods.

Chocolate Cake

“O Melhor Bolo de Chocolate do Mundo” is really the world’s best marketing name. Although quite good, truth be told, it’s not even the best chocolate cake in Lisbon… But given the name, you feel compelled to try it. It’s now served at several cafes and restaurants around the city but a good place to find it is at the Santini ice cream shop in Chiado.

Pão de Deus

It literally means “God’s Bread” and will taste divine if you love coconut. It’s more a pastry than bread, and ever since the chain of “A Padaria Portuguesa” bakeries presented its own square-shaped version it’s become a fad that will surely become a long-lasting favorite.


It doesn’t look that appetizing at first sight, but you’ll be sold at first bite. This soupy dish of bread and shellfish (or cod) is traditional in southern Portugal but served all over the country. No one does it better than the Pap’Açorda restaurant which uses lobster and prawns in its “Açorda Real” and gives the bread the aroma of coriander.


There are those who’d stay away at any cost, those who eat them regularly, and then there are those in Lisbon who actually have them only once a year during the big “Festas de Lisboa” street feasts. You’ll see (and smell) them grilling in almost every corner in June, and that’s enough to make them one of the city’s icons.


The Pinóquio restaurant could present nothing else on its menu and still make big business thanks to its clams arriving from Algarve. People come from miles away just to enjoy this garlicky dish which helps explain why its serves between 15 to 20 kilos of clams daily, from noon to midnight. This dish is available at many traditional restaurants in the city but there’s something special about Pinóquio’s.


So what if the croissant is not native to Lisbon? Forget the rushed not-so-welcoming service and enjoy a chocolate croissant at the Benard cafe. It’s incomparably better when straight out of the oven, but it’s always a treat getting chocolate all over your fingers and lips as it drips from the flaky pastry.

Chouriço Assado

This is one of the best-loved traditions in the country, served at many bars to accompany glasses of wine. It’s become a popular experience at the Artis and Tasca do Chico bars in Bairro Alto, with tourists especially fascinated by the fact that it arrives in flames at the table.

Estendal do Bairro

Alluding to the laundry seen hanging from so many windows in the older districts of Lisbon, chef Ljubomir Stanisic came up with the idea of presenting fried pieces of cod held by clothespins. Looking like something of a contemporary art project, it’s become so famous that it can never leave the menu of his restaurant 100 Maneiras and we like the ingenious way it pays tribute to Lisbon.

10 Spots to Dine by the Water in Lisbon

Thursday, January 24th, 2013

The image most associated with Lisbon is probably water, whether it’s that of the Atlantic beaches nearby, the history of its explorers’ ships at sea, or where the famous seafood comes from. Those visiting the city often do it with the beach in mind, but during the colder months you may also have a pleasant outdoors experience on the waterfront. In the summer or in winter, here are ten places to enjoy a meal in relaxing scenery.

River Lounge

Opened in late 2012, this lounge/bar/restaurant is literally on the water. It’s inside the Vasco da Gama Tower which is now the Myriad Hotel and serves contemporary Portuguese cuisine.

Darwin's Café

On the opposite edge of town (Belém), this café-restaurant is inside one of the city’s newest contemporary architecture landmarks, the Champalimaud Foundation building. It’s just a short walk from Belem Tower which can be seen from the terrace. It serves meals throughout the day.

À Margem

Also close to the tower and right on the river’s edge, this café in a white glass rectangle serves light meals, and although it’s best experienced when the sun is out, it’s also pleasant at night.

Nosolo Italia

With a terrace floating on water, this is a favorite of families for pizza, pastas and ice cream. The Discoveries Monument stands right outside.


Many of the restaurants in the docks are tourist traps but this more recent addition comes with a history and reputation as one of Lisbon’s favorite pizzerias. It was originally in a big space nearby but the new location by the marina is much more attractive.

Doca de Santo

It’s the most attractive of all the restaurants at the docks but as a tourist magnet you can either have a memorable experience or one to forget. Even so, it’s worth a stop, even if just for a drink and a lighter meal in a beautiful setting.

Doca Peixe

With one of the most beautiful locations in the city, this restaurant doesn’t have to work very hard to attract customers. That’s reflected in the service which doesn’t always meet expectations but it’s still a nice spot for fresh fish by the water.

Bica do Sapato

It’s one of the best restaurants in the city, both in food and in service, matching the wonderful riverfront location and the hype as the restaurant of a Hollywood star (John Malkovich). It has a terrace outside but you’ll also have views of the Tagus from many of the tables in the stylish interior.

Alma Lusitana

In a central location by the water (Cais do Sodré), it could be a restaurant just for tourists but it’s not. It’s an unpretentious place for traditional Portuguese cuisine, mostly fish, especially grilled.

Meninos do Rio

A short walk along the waterfront from Cais do Sodré is this café that’s especially popular in the summertime. Serving refreshing drinks and light meals, it’s a pleasant stop after sightseeing.

Best of 2012 in Lisbon: Year in Review

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Who’d have thought that a year of bailouts, rising unemployment and budget cuts would turn out to be so good for Lisbon? Taking a look back at the 10 main news and trends of 2012, we can only hope and expect a 2013 that will be just as good or better, at least for Lisbon in general.

Myriad Hotel, Lisbon


There were several hotels opening in the city, and not ordinary hotels. A couple of them are even true landmarks such as the Myriad in Vasco da Gama Tower, or the Cascais pousada outside the city in an old fortress by the sea. Another is the stylishly luxurious Fontecruz in the city’s main boulevard, while the always-buzzing Chiado district had not one, not two, but three new hotels — Mercy, Teatro and Lisboa Carmo — all featuring elegant interiors.

Rossio Square used to be the heart of the city, but that’s now moved closed to the river, to Comercio Square. The city’s grandest praça saw several new cafés and restaurants open under the arcades of its east wing, and this new leisure area with views of the river also has a club open on weekends (“Lust”) and a new cultural space, the Lisboa Story Centre.

In addition to the Lisboa Story Centre which tells the history of the city through multimedia displays and recreates Lisbon’s different historical periods and atmospheres, there was the new Casa dos Bicos, the landmark house from the 1500s that is now home to the José Saramago Foundation remembering the Portuguese author who won the Nobel Prize.
Not very far is Martim Moniz, Lisbon’s most multiethnic neighborhood which was revitalized with a new weekend market and new kiosk cafés open every day, offering foods from all over the world.

Speaking of food, Lisbon’s restaurant scene is changing. In order to survive the economic crisis it had to be more creative so it went back to what never fails — the old traditions everyone loves. That meant “petiscos”, or what is often called “tapas” for international visitors, with restaurants now specializing exclusively in those small plates of food grandma used to make. Of course many of those are recreated and readapted to modern times, like the other new trend in the city — the new “tabernas.” What used to be simple family-owned places are now stylishly-decorated spaces but with the expected laid-back atmosphere.

Restaurants weren’t the only ones looking at tradition as a means to escape the crisis. The best new shops also offered the best of “Made in Portugal,” including the first of the future chain of “Nata Lisboa”. Believing that “the world needs Nata,” this new café (there are currently two of them) specializes almost exclusively in Portugal’s famous custard tarts that almost no one can resist. Then there was the new P Chiado café offering the pastry specialties of Sintra in the center of Lisbon, the new Mercado 1143 which is a grocery store/market presenting only Portuguese products, and Loja da Burel with creative and top-quality handmade products from central Portugal. Finally, Portugal’s canned foods have become gourmet delicacies at yet another spot, the Can the Can restaurant in Comercio Square.

Lisbon airport metro


The best Lisbon news for travelers was the extension of the metro which finally reached the airport. And the station is quite an attraction in itself, decorated with curious cartoon images of some of Portugal’s biggest personalities and cultural icons, making it an interesting new welcome to the city.

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the year was the continuous opening of international luxury shops down Avenida da Liberdade. The luxury market is the only one booming during the current crisis, so there’s a new Gucci, a new Miu Miu, Officine Panerai, Emporio Armani, Hugo Boss… and a new Cartier and others will be joining them in 2013.

Tous, Lisbon


Another brand to open in central Lisbon was Tous jewelers which took over the city’s most beautiful shop, the former Ourivesaria Aliança in Chiado. Other classic spaces that had a makeover but kept much of the old look were Mimosa da Lapa, the 50s-style Sapataria do Carmo shoe store, Silva & Feijó, and the Old Pharmacy which is now a wine bar.

Petiscos and tabernas were not the only trends in Lisbon in 2012. Perhaps the biggest of all was the several high-profile bakeries opening in the center of the city. First was A Padaria Portuguesa downtown and in Chiado, then came Ratton next to Rossio Station, La Boulangerie with its French-style bread, and Tartine which makes a pastry that’s already a classic, the eggy “Chiado” cake.

Speaking of pastries, 2012 was the 175th anniversary of Pastéis de Belém, and the 90th of the city’s most beautiful café, Pastelaria Versailles. Also celebrating was one of Lisbon’s most photographed icons, the Bica funicular which turned 120!

The return of the Lisbon “Taberna”

Friday, December 14th, 2012

It had become extinct over the last couple of decades, but the Lisbon taberna is back, at least in name. Several new restaurants call themselves “taberna,” recalling the day when traditional home-style meals were served in family-owned eateries that were more than simple taverns. They were excellent value for money with no pretense, perfect for the entire family or simply for a glass of wine. After the trend of fusion cuisine and Wallpaper magazine-style interiors, Lisbon is now bringing back the taberna tradition. Here are a few places that try to do it:

1300 Taberna, Lisboa
1300 Taberna

Rua Rodrigues de Faria, 103
Closed Sundays and Mondays

In a series of former warehouses you’ll find traditional Portuguese cuisine with a good dose of creativity, served in a spacious interior decorated with a mix of objects and styles.

Rua dos Bacalhoeiros, 18
Closed Sundays and Mondays

This “modern taberna” wants you to share your meals so it serves the food in big dishes for everyone at the table to grab as they enjoy a glass of wine. Although the menu is in large part Portuguese, you’ll also find an equal number of Spanish choices.

Praça de São Paulo, 21
Closed on Sundays

One of the first of the modern tabernas, it has a very contemporary interior but serves the traditional petiscos that Portuguese grandmothers used to make, accompanied by glasses of wine.

Calçada Nova de São Francisco, 2A
It’s only a “taberna” by name. It’s a very contemporary space in the trendy heart of Chiado, although it incorporates some traditions such as wine barrels and long wooden tables where a mix of Portuguese and Spanish cuisine is served.

Rua da Esperança, 112
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays

It’s one of the best places for “petiscos” and it was one of the first to bring them back as full meals. The interior looks older than it actually is, decorated with old furnishings.

Rua Monte Olivete, 63
Closed Mondays

This small space in the Principe Real neighborhood presents a list of traditional petiscos that are mostly an excuse to enjoy glasses of wine from a variety of labels and at various prices.

Rua das Flores, 103
Closed Sundays

A chalkboard lists the dishes of the day, always based on the freshest ingredients available at the market. It’s open throughout the day from lunch to dinner, making it also a stop for a light meal in the afternoon.

Calçada do Combro, 115
Closed Sundays and Mondays

Not far from the landmark Bica funicular is this small restaurant with reasonably-priced food. It follows old traditions, as does some of the decorative pieces.

What’s New in Lisbon’s Restaurant Scene

Monday, November 12th, 2012

The end of the summer brought a few changes to some of Lisbon’s best-known restaurants, from new concepts and chefs to new addresses:

Meson Andaluz, Lisbon

Travessa do Alecrim, 4 – Chiado
Tel: 214 600 659
For many years this was arguably Cascais’ favorite Spanish restaurant. It’s now moved to the center of the capital, down the hill from Chiado. The interior dates back to the 1700s with brick stone arches but you’ll likely prefer to sit outside on the terrace. Although the wine list includes Spanish and Portuguese wines, the food is all traditionally Spanish or what it advertises as “the best tapas in Lisbon.”

Costa do Castelo, 7
Tel: 218 867 334
It’s one of the city’s most popular restaurants, always full of locals and tourists who are drawn to the spectacular views of Lisbon. It helps that it’s also just a short walk from the castle but the quality of the food has also kept it as a top choice in the city. Now it has a new chef (one of the most acclaimed after years at a few fine dining restaurants) and promises a more refined cuisine. That doesn’t necessarily mean more expensive, as this restaurant always had higher-than-average prices but more creative selections on the menu.

Estorias na Casa da Comida, Lisbon

Travessa das Amoreiras, 1
Tel: 213 860 889
It was the first restaurant in Portugal to get a Michelin star and after 35 years in service, it recently closed for a major renovation. Its three different dining areas (including a courtyard) now feature an elegant combination of classic furnishings and more contemporary design, and offer different dining experiences. You may now go just for a glass of wine and a lighter meal, or for the full menu of contemporary Portuguese cuisine.

Rua da Misericórdia, 78 – Chiado
Rua da Cruz dos Poiais, 89 – Bairro Alto
Tel: 213 958 057
A small space hidden in a corner of Bairro Alto close to São Bento Palace quickly became known as Lisbon’s best Asian restaurant. The owner is actually Portuguese but an experienced specialist in the foods of the East, mixing the delicacies of Thailand, Vietnam, China, Japan, India… That small space still exists but now focus on just Japanese food (yes, sushi but also more than that), and a bigger space has opened in Chiado. That’s where all the Asian specialties will now be served, offering fine quality at reasonable prices.

Olivier Avenida, Lisbon

Rua Júlio César Machado, 7
Tel: 213 174 105
Unashamedly pretentious, this restaurant was made to impress, both in ambiance and cuisine. Large teardrop chandeliers hang above a blingy décor that’s just had a small makeover. It’s now a combination of what it calls a mix of “French Romanticism and the New Gothic” but whatever that means it’s simply an excuse to attract those looking for a see-and-be-seen place where well-presented food is served. Late at night from Thursday to Saturday it becomes the “Avenida Cocktail Lounge” for after-dinner drinking and mingling.

10 Lisbon Restaurants for Portuguese “Petiscos”

Monday, October 22nd, 2012

Petiscos, Lisbon

What are “petiscos”? You could call them “tapas” but that would be Spanish. Petiscos are also small plates, originally served between meals, often to accompany a drink, but more recently they’ve become a trend in Lisbon’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 “everyone shares them at the table” concept. Here we present the ten places you should try:

Rua Cais de Santarem, 6
Not far from the famous Casa dos Bicos is this “adega” (wine cellar) which produces its own wine and prepares petiscos in its wood oven. The kitchen opens to the rustic-style dining area, so you’ll leave smelling of smoke but it’s still one of the most recommendable dining experiences for those looking for a special night of local traditions.

In addition to Portuguese petiscos you’ll also have Spanish tapas in a spacious room that also has a bar serving dozens of different gins. It’s quite a popular spot at the moment.

Rua Marechal Saldanha, 1
Facing one of the city’s viewpoints by the Pharmacy Museum, this restaurant’s décor 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. You’ll want to avoid it if you’re vegetarian, but meat lovers will enjoy the place and the wines accompanied by cheese.

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. It’s a charming place for petiscos following some long-forgotten recipes.

When one of Porto’s most successful chefs moved to Lisbon, he opened this place as his first restaurant. Located not far from the Gulbenkian Museum, it’s a good choice for a lunch of petiscos. Look for the clams with butter beans (“ameijoas com feijão manteiga”) which is a classic of the chef.

The chef is one of the city’s most acclaimed but instead of fine dining the restaurant offers refined versions of traditional petiscos. Here the concept isn’t so much sharing but ordering them individually at surprisingly reasonable prices considering the quality.

Rua da Esperança 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 doesn’t take bookings so show up early.

Rua da Esperança, 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 décor curiously mixes pages of old books, pots and pans. It also does not take bookings.

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95
It’s not exactly a restaurant, it’s a wine bar, but it serves excellent restaurant-style petiscos. Although many go for the flaming chouriço (sausage), there are a few other choices to accompany the wines.

The Bifana: Portugal’s Tasty Meat Snack

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

Bifanas de Vendas Novas


What comes to mind when you are asked about typical Portuguese dishes? Bacalhau (cod), and the many different ways it can be prepared? Chicken with “piri piri” spicy sauce? Soups, grilled fish or cozido à portuguesa (a stew of different meats and vegetables)? Or a desert such as the tasty custard tarts called “pastéis de Belém”?

Well, today we present to you a simple sandwich that any local you care to ask would say is typically Portuguese – the “bifana”. The bifana is so popular in Portugal that McDonalds here have even launched the McBifana in recent times. So what is it? Basically a slice of pork steak in a roll of bread, the pork having been lightly sautéed, sometimes with garlic and/or other spices, so that the meat is warm and juicy. The bread roll is usually distinctly crusty, puffy and floury, and the whole thing is often eaten as a snack for lunch, sometimes with a bowl of soup.

The Alentejo region of Portugal is well-known for the quality and variety of its gastronomy, and it is said that the bifana originated here in the town of Vendas Novas. Most locals will tell you that the best bifanas are from this area, and supposedly they are a cut above those made elsewhere.

The Bifana de Vendas Novas then, is made from select pork fillet and is marinated and then cooked in a secret sauce. The bread roll is lightly toasted which, together with the special sauce and juicy meat, makes this a truly delicious and appetizing snack.

If you want to try the famous bifana from Alentejo, it’s no longer necessary to visit Vendas Novas, you can sample this tasty sandwich right here in Lisbon. Almost any café or bar will have bifanas on the menu, but if you want to try the one from Vendas Novas, go to the Bifanas de Vendas Novas kiosk in the Colombo mall in Benfica, one of Portugal’s largest shopping centres. Here you can try the original (and supposedly the best) bifana, together with other traditional dishes and soups.

Bifanas de Vendas Novas:

5 New Spots to Taste Lisbon

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

P Chiado, Lisbon

Rua da Horta Seca, 9
Pastries called “travesseiros” are to the town of Sintra what the famous custard tarts are to Lisbon. But now you no longer have to go outside the capital to enjoy them. In fact, they’re now in the very center of the city, just around the corner from Camões Square. This new café/pastry shop serves them together with another Sintra specialty, the cheese tarts, and a different kind of custard pastries — with chocolate added!

Taberna da Rua das Flores, Lisbon

Rua das Flores, 103
There was a time when Lisbon was full of these types of “tabernas”, something like a mix of tavern and deli serving homestyle food. They’ve become nearly extinct but there’s recently been a revival. Instead of just catering to neighborhood patrons, they’re attracting locals and tourists, becoming destinations for doses of traditional meals with a certain modern twist. This one is next to Camões Square and uses old recipes in a menu of “petiscos” (tapas) available throughout the day.

The Old Pharmacy, Lisbon

Rua do Diário de Notícias, 73-83
The name remembers the old function of this space in Bairro Alto, a pharmacy that was in business for decades. Instead of medications, its cabinets are now filled with wine bottles, almost all from Portugal. Accompanying the glasses of wine are local cheeses and hams.

Wine Lover, Lisbon

Rua das Gáveas, 38
Another recent wine bar in Bairro Alto, this one has a nice interior but best of all is the possibility of sitting outside people-watching. It lists a good variety of Portuguese wines, always to the sound of music.

Maria do Carmo, Lisbon

Rua da Oliveira ao Carmo, 1
Carmo Square is one of Lisbon’s most charming, faced by the haunting ruins of the gothic Carmo Convent. Although it’s had terrace cafés for many years, they were essentially for tourists and of the quality expected for such places. Now a new spot has opened with tables on the square, of a quality that sets it apart from the others. The menu is limited and may be disappointing at first sight, but order a plate of Portuguese cheeses and sausages and enjoy the surrounding atmosphere.

The Essential Guide to Portugal’s “Enchidos”

Wednesday, August 22nd, 2012

Vegetarians should read no further. This post is about meat, or more precisely what the Portuguese call “enchidos” (pronounced “en-shee-doos”) — sausages and hams. They’re a new trend in Lisbon’s recent new wave of wine bars, accompanying the glasses of wine. They’re usually presented next to cheese, and are mostly products from the north of the country.


The king of all “enchidos” is smoked and made with pork. Herbs, garlic and wine is also mixed in, and it’s often served in soup or sliced before a meal. In Lisbon you can see it literally flaming hot at a few bars in Bairro Alto like “Artis” (Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95) and “Tasca do Chico” (Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39)

This is essentially a regular “chouriço” except thinner and used in stews.

It’s one of Portugal’s strangest foods, but quite popular. Simply put, it’s blood sausage. The blood comes from the pig, but there is no meat and is stuffed with rice.

This sausage dates all the way back to the 1500s, when Portuguese Jews were forced to convert to Christianity. Instead of pork it’s made of poultry and has a garlicky taste and a light color.


You’ll rarely see it served at a wine bar, but it’s often on a plate in the interior regions of the country. Made from pork fat, flour, spices, garlic and wine, it has an orange-brown color.

Lisbon’s brunches almost always include “fiambre” which is simply boiled or roast ham.


This dry smoked ham is served thinly sliced and is mostly made of pork, although it’s occasionally wild boar. It’s produced all over the country and often accompanies a slice of melon.

This is yet another “chouriço” with a different name because it’s smaller, although thick. It’s made from pork tenderloin and is marinated in white wine, paprika and garlic. In some places around Portugal it’s also known as “paio.”

10 Lisbon Restaurants for Food from Portugal’s Former Colonies

Monday, August 6th, 2012

When visiting Lisbon you’re reminded that Portugal created the first global empire so why not go on your own voyage around the world through food? Whether you’re heading west to Brazil or east to India and Macau passing through the coast of Africa, here are the places to discover:

The latest Brazilian restaurant in town recreates the colorful and informal ambiance of the typical Brazilian “butecos,” neighborhood restaurants serving good doses of traditional food. It opens for dinner earlier than most other restaurants in the city, inviting you for “happy hour” drinks and stays open until late for late-night eating and drinking.

Rua da Paz, 4
A native from Goa arrived in Lisbon in 1964, three years after that former colony was annexed by India. His first job was washing dishes at a Goan restaurant but he soon became the owner. He’s now been serving the food from his homeland for decades, and you can be sure to have the best shrimp curry in town at this place not far from São Bento Palace.

Rua Rodrigues Faria, 21
Here you can taste and hear a little of Cape Verde. Owned by musician Tito Paris who often performs live, you can discover what are “muquecas” and “cachupas” together with other traditional dishes from the western African archipelago.

It was one of Portugal’s first Brazilian restaurants and has survived the decades. If you’re looking for a typical “feijoada” washed down by a “cairinha”, this is the place to go, and you’ll also have the chance to discover the food of northeastern Brazil which mixes influences from Portugal and Africa.

Ibo Restaurant, Lisbon


The food is inspired by Mozambique and the riverfront location inspires you to make new discoveries. Find out what the food from the southeastern African country is all about, in an attractive contemporary dining room or at the tables outside.

Rua São Pedro Mártir, 23
Located right in the middle of Lisbon’s most ethnic neighborhood, this restaurant presents authentic Indian cuisine from the former Portuguese colony of Goa. The dining room is decorated in hot colors and the potions of the dishes are quite generous.

It’s officially a Brazilian restaurant but don’t expect the expected food from the typical Brazilian restaurant. This one concentrates on just one region, Minas Gerais, the home state of the current Brazilian president Dilma Rousseff and one of the most “Portuguese” regions of Brazil. Everything is served in a buffett so you can try a variety of dishes.

It seems hard to believe that Macau was Portuguese as recently as 1999 before in was transformed into the “Asian Las Vegas” that it is today. But Portuguese influences (particularly in the architecture) still survive in that Chinese territory and at this restaurant you can sample a little of Macau in Lisbon. It also mixes food from Hong Kong accompanied by cups of tea.

Indian cuisine mixes with the flavors of Mozambique at this restaurant owned by an Indian family who lived in that former Portuguese colony in Africa before moving to Lisbon. The interior is not decorated in the typically “ethnic” style, but rather in a contemporary elegance seen through the large windows facing a statue of Neptune in the center of the square.

Zambeze Restaurant, Lisbon


This is one of the most recent spots in the city, a rooftop terrace café and restaurant with one of the most spectacular city views. The name is that of Africa’s fourth-largest river that passes through Angola and Mozambique, two former Portuguese colonies. That’s an indication of what’s on the menu, although it also serves traditional Portuguese dishes.