Yes, I love food. That’s something that’s pretty clear. So when in a different city I try to find the nicest restaurants that are worth coming back to. Lisbon is a great city to find good restaurants for a reasonable price. So these are my picks (in random order) that I would definitely recommend.
Cafe Buenos Aires
Since we love Buenos Aires and this cute little it had good reviews we couldn’t miss Cafe Buenos Aires. And with empanadas on the menu I was sold! They have a few nice salads, Argentinian steak, yummy deserts and good wines.
So we ordered a jar of Sangria and I had the best salad ever! Raspberries, pear, mango and puff pastry filled with brie!! All I can say is try it yourself :).
Since we couldn’t sleep in at The Independante we decided to at least eat in their restaurant The Decadente underneath. It was extremely busy so we had to wait in line for a bit before we got seated next to a other Dutch couple. The only downside of the restaurants was that the tables were a bit close together so it’s more like you’re dining with the people next to you.
Anyways a good restaurant to keep in mind with nice wine and food! Since you at least have to try the Portuguese bacalhau (codfish) once when you’re in Portugal that’s what I had. This one was with spinach and potatoes but nothing could beat the desert! A warm chocolate fondant with pistachio and ice cream (no picture unfortunately).
Oficina Do Duque
Oficina Do Duque is in the same street as Cafe Buenos Aires and is run by a former star chef. Which is obvious when you taste and see the food! It was the best dinner we had and the price was more then reasonable. And don’t leave when you read the (english) menu! The description of the food doesn’t sound that great while the food is. We actually saw some people looking at the menu and leaving again while we were eating. Even my pictures may don’t look like this was the best dinner but you won’t be disappointed :-)!
I had a wrap with chicken and vegetables (first pictures) and my boyfriend bacalhau (codfish). And at such restaurant you need to have desert! I chose bananacrumble which tasted just as good as the rest!
Pasteís de Belém
Every travelguide will tell you to go to this bakery to eat Pasteís de Belém. And you should ;-). We already had a few Pasteís de Nata at different bakeries but these are the real ones. And taste even better then all the other sweet pastry you find in Lisbon!
Don’t be scared by the line in front of the store just make sure you walk past it and go inside the bakery where there is plenty of space to sit down and enjoy a Pasteís de Belém.
Do you want to know what Lisbon offers besides good food? Then read my blog about my highlights in Lisbon.