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Portugal Trip Report

Wow. I'm really shocked by your review of Assinatura. I've only heard great things about it and I'm going to Lisbon next week and was looking forward to eating there. Damn.

May 16, 2012
pjammer in Spain/Portugal

Madrid - great food without romance ?

I've never seen anything like Barcelona's La Paradeta in Madrid. You could try Mercado de San Miguel in Madrid. It's a big food market just off the Plaza Mayor. It's neat because you can get your wine, wonder around, and sample dishes from around Spain. The Galician stalls are probably the best. There's a nice oyster stand. It's touristy but last time I was there Spanish was the dominant language I heard. It's a cool, casual night out. Food isn't 'top notch' but it keeps in line with the atmosphere of the place.

I just had a look on the map that JuanDoe posted. You'll be staying right near Calle de Las Huertas. If you're after great seafood there's a Galician restaurant called Maceiras. Very casual, very loud, very close to your hotel. Seafood is amazing, octopus and clams in particular.

Also, if your not doing the romance thing you can do the macho thing and have a drink at Cervecería Alemana, just off Plaza Santa Ana, just a short walk from your hotel. This is where Hemingway used to hang out with the matadors back in the day.

May 14, 2012
pjammer in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon Restaurant for 40th birthday

Fortaleza is indeed amazing. But so little time in Lisbon this trip, want to make the most of the city (plus the wife has never been there). I know Cascais isn't far but going to keep it in Lisbon for the night. We are definitely doing G-spot in Sintra as well which sounds great. I emailed Assintura and requested a cozy table today. Think I'm leaning towards eating there.

May 09, 2012
pjammer in Spain/Portugal

Quaint little seafood restaurant in Madrid

You can't go wrong at Maceiras, great Galician seafood. They don't take reservations and the place gets packed around 11pm.

May 09, 2012
pjammer in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon Restaurant for 40th birthday

Hi monchique, the interior of Tavares does look amazing and although I'm not one to shy away from expensive restaurants if the food is worth it, Tavares does seem to be on the very high end of prices. 4 people, a few bottles of wine and it seems the bill could push 400 euro. We will be eating out 5 nights, this being the last. So it's not really a blow the roof off dinner for her 40th as the whole trip will be full of food, but rather a great meal, nice setting, with a reasonable bill at the end of the night. If I'm wrong please let me know but from what I read I will be paying a lot more at Tavares than Alma or Assinatura.

May 08, 2012
pjammer in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon Restaurant for 40th birthday

I am taking my wife to Sintra/Lisbon for her 40th birthday. We'll be in Lisbon for 2 nights, the second of which is her birthday. I've been wanting to eat at Ramiro's for a long time now and that is looking like the first night. Of course it isn't the most romantic of places so for her 40th the next night I was thinking of either Alma or Assinatura. The food seems to be great at both so I was really just wondering about the setting. I've read a lot of the reviews on the boards just didn't see too much on the 'atmosphere' of the different places. Thanks for any help.

May 08, 2012
pjammer in Spain/Portugal