Kanazawa Restaurant offers a new Kaiseki-based tasting menu in July

Hasun
Hassun

Kanazawa is a very exclusive Japanese restaurant in the Restelo area of Lisbon, specialising in Kaiseki gastronomy and run by Chef Paulo Morais, one of the first chefs in Portugal to specialise in Japanese food. The restaurant has a new tasting menu for July, using fruit and vegetables as a base to keep us fresh in the Summer heat.

For starters, you can find a Chinese goiaba aromatic sake with rice cookie, and eel, pickled peach and baked peach purée toppings.

You can continue the meal with fish sashimi, using a variety of different species such as tuna, greater amberjack and crevalle jack, wahoo (related to mackerel), and redfish. Then a dish called Takiawase, made from sweet potato, baby courgette and pork, presented with dashi stock in a goblet. Next comes the Naka-choko, a cooked vegetable terrine with seaweed gelatine and trout roe served in a somiso sauce.

The high point of this tasting menu is the Hassun, comprised of six delicatessen served in a 24cm box; a fish tartar gaspacho, a cherry conserve with monkfish, sushi with anchovey conserve, a terrine of fish of 3 colours, okra stuffed with sea urchin and shrimp, and duck confite with foie gras, aromatic herbs and fried onion.

The Hiyashi-bashi is then served – a cold soup of duck magret with Somen pasta, wakame seaweed with sesami, smoked duck and mushrooms. Then the Yakimono, grilled tiger shrimp with Japanese aubergine and lotus root. Then it is the time for sushi with several varieties comprising a true delicacy.

Finally, dessert, the icing on the cake of this delicious menu – mango sorbet, Fundão cherry sorbet, and raspberry ice cream with chocolate and wasabi, melon, cantaloupe and watermelon.

Bom proveito!

Kanazawa Japanese Restaurant
Address: Rua Damião de Góis 3, 1400-291 Lisboa
Opening hours: Opens at 7pm, every day except Sundays
Telephone: (+351) 213010292
http://www.kanazawa.pt

The 5 Bars to Go Right Now in Bairro Alto

Bairro Alto, LisbonWhen Bairro Alto became Lisbon’s nightlife neighborhood in the 80s and 90s, it had a variety of bars playing varied sounds (from rock to synthpop to Fado) and attracting diverse groups (from goths to punks to gays). Over the last decade most bars have become almost indistinguishable from each other, focusing on cheap beer, caipirinhas and mojitos. The neighborhood still attracts all kinds of under-40 crowds, gay and straight, but the more alternative bars have moved down the hill towards Bica and the former red light district Cais do Sodré on the riverfront. Nights in Bairro Alto are now essentially a street party, and which bar you end up getting a drink to enjoy outside really only depends on where you’re standing. However, if you’re looking for something different, a place where you can actually sit indoors, or perhaps where you can find more unusual drinks, there are a few places worth looking for. We’ve selected five:

ARTIS
Rua do Diário de Notícias, 95
One of the best bars in town to have a glass of wine, it also serves “petiscos” which is described to the non-Portuguese as “Portuguese tapas.” The wine list is huge, focusing on national wines, which are usually accompanied by a flaming chouriço (sausage) or a plate of cheeses.

TASCA DO CHICO
Rua do Diário de Notícias, 39
This is a Lisbon classic, as traditional as a bar can be, attracting groups of all ages, locals and tourists. The main attraction is Fado, often sung by amateurs in spontaneous performances. You can sit and enjoy a drink in a very informal, upbeat atmosphere, and join others in getting the “chouriço assado,” the roasted sausage.

PONCHA DO BAIRRO
Rua da Barroca, 75
Those looking for an alternative to beer and caipirinhas should try poncha. That’s a traditional drink from the Portuguese island of Madeira, made with brandy, lemon juice and honey. It’s this bar’s specialty, and here it combines other fruits to create close to a dozen varieties.

MARIA CAXUXA
Rua da Barroca, 6-12
As one of the bigger bars in the neighborhood, you’ll find plenty of people sitting inside this bar once you go past the huge crowds by the door. Decorated with retro pieces, it attracts everyone from struggling artists to thirty-something singles.

FRIENDS B.A.
Rua da Rosa, 99
This is one of the few bars open in the afternoon. Its pop hits (thing Gaga and Spears) attract younger groups, many of them gay boys often accompanied by female friends. However, you’ll find all kinds of people sitting with a drink and chatting, despite the blaring music. Setting this place apart from the competition (besides the spacious interior) is the number of books on the walls which give it a more relaxed vibe as a hangout in the early evening.

The New Bar On Top of Lisbon

Rooftop Bar
There’s a new rooftop bar in town. This time it’s found on the top floor (the 9th) of the Mundial Hotel, offering panoramic views of the city. You can see the river and the castle which is beautifully floodlit at night, and you may also enjoy the late-afternoon sun. It opens everyday at 6:30PM (weather permitting) and welcomes hotel guests and non-guests until midnight. It serves cocktails and occasionally also presents live jazz performances.

Rooftop Bar

5 Spots to Literally Spend the Night Out in Lisbon

When you say you’re going out at night, you often mean spend the night sitting in a movie theater or at a bar, or dancing at a club. “Out” simply means out of the house, but in such an outdoors city like Lisbon, “out” really means outside. Most people gather around the streets of Bairro Alto by the doors of the multitude of bars, but there are other spots for a relaxed evening in the open air. These are the five best choices:

Portas do Sol, Lisbon

PORTAS DO SOL
In the city’s biggest and most beautiful terrace is this café-bar overlooking the river. It’s more of a café during the day, but at night it’s a cocktail bar that stays open until midnight on weekdays and 2AM on Fridays and Saturdays. The lively ambience is often enhanced by DJs.

MIRADOURO DE SÃO PEDRO DE ALCÂNTARA
This iconic viewpoint competes with Portas do Sol for the best views in town. It has two kiosks (one on each of the two levels), and on the lower terrace we can recommend a bowl of açaí that was introduced this summer for a healthy dessert before you go for the drinks as you look out to the moonlit city.

MENINOS DO RIO
This riverfront café is a great spot to sunbathe during the day, but it’s also perfect at night for cocktails and upbeat sounds (this summer it also hosted live bands). On the warmer nights it has a certain beach bar vibe, especially with its palm trees and wooden decks.

OP ART
Most bars and restaurants of the docks are a little touristy and lack any real personality, but one of the exceptions is this glass rectangle on the water’s edge. Throughout the week it’s open until 2AM (it closes on Mondays), and on weekends you’ll hear DJs spinning house and chill-out sounds until 6AM as you watch the sunrise.

MIRADOURO DA GRAÇA
It’s much smaller than Portas do Sol and São Pedro de Alcântara but this terrace-viewpoint is just as popular and attracts a variety of people of all ages. You can sit there drinking and chatting (often to the sound of music) until 3AM as you admire the castle and 25 de Abril Bridge in the distance.

“Grapes & Bites” – The Newest Wine Bar in Lisbon’s Bairro Alto

Grapes & Bites, Lisbon

Most of the bars in Bairro Alto are known for their cheap beer and caipirinhas, but the newest openings seem to all be devoted to wine. The latest one is called “Grapes & Bites,” and despite the English name it only serves Portuguese wines and “petiscos” (snacks).
There are close to 200 choices, many from the bottles on display, others presented on the wine list. They can be served by the glass or bottle.
There are also cocktails, but all made with national wines. To accompany the drinks there are cold cuts, Portuguese cheeses, bread and jams.
It took over the space of a former streetwear boutique, now decorated with big wine barrels standing as tables under the arched interior.
It surprisingly opens every day, even on Sundays, from 2PM to 2AM.
It’s located in the neighborhood’s trendiest shopping street, Rua do Norte, number 81.
Website: www.grapesandbites.com