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Where to eat and what is open in Lisbon over Easter (April 18 - 24)

Not really my part of Portugal, but a nice list and a good mix of restaurants, and I second Bimbog... If you have a car, Fortaleza do Guincho in Cascais is well worth the drive for both food and scenery.
I would also add in Belem the restaurant Feitoria in the Hotel Altis (1 Michelin*), on the river.
If you have not done so yet, I suggest you also run a search on this board for Lisbon (top right corner of the screen). You might get other ideas.
Enjoy your visit!

Apr 08, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Trip from Lisbon to Granada - Recommendations requested

Between Granada and Tavira, you will be crossing the wine region of the Condado de Huelva. Here is a list of wineries, http://www.apoloybaco.com/BodegasAndaluciaCondado.htm but I could not tell you if any is open to the public, and none of the wines from that area are worth the detour in my opinion... If you are interested in Sherry and Manzanilla, you'll have to go to Jerez and Sanlucar.

If you decide to go to Seville, do not park on the street if you value your possessions, but leave your car in one of the underground parkings near the centre (http://www.car-parking.eu/spain/seville). You want to aim for the Barrio de Santa Cruz, which is the pedestrian area near the cathedral, and have a tapas stroll. There are several threads about tapas in Seville on this board.
Other possibilities for lunch would be Antequera (but probably too close to Granada) and Huelva (plenty of bars where the fish and shellfish is good, but the town itself does not have much to offer). Just West of Huelva in Aljaraque, I would recommand "La Plazuela" http://www.restaurantelaplazuela.es/ (top quality but not cheap!)

Apr 06, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Trip from Lisbon to Granada - Recommendations requested

If you only have 2 nights in the Algarve, I would not waste them on eating pizza... I don't know of any Moroccan restaurant in Portugal (although I suppose they must be one or two, but Morocco is a long waty away).
However in the Algarve you should eat at least one "cataplana" (a dish of clams and pork cooked in the special copper utensil of the same name) and have some grilled sardines on the beach. Restaurants "O Costa" in Fabrica and "O Abado" in Sta Luzia are good.
For a special treat, the restaurant "Vistas" in the Monte Rei golf resort is outstanding (the chef is an ex from El Bulli).
There is quite a lot on this board about Granada, but don't miss stopping in Seville on the way...

Mar 25, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Birthday Dinner in Lisbon

Outside Lisbon but worth the trip to Cascais, Forteleza do Guincho. may be spend the night there too.
In Lisbon itself, Belcanto or Eleven.
I personnally would go to Gambrinus, but it's probably too "Old Lisbon"...
Look at http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon-resta... the site is pretty accurate.

Mar 18, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

Actually I live in Portugal, but visit my family in France regularly, and read the French and British press daily (and enjoy following you on CH and your own blog)
Perdu La boussole actually means "lost his marbles" but perdu Sa boussole means "lost his compass" (hint of a joke from Pudlowski making his own publicity on the back of Michelin). We also have a Chowhounder promoting the Gault & Millau (where Pudlo started, I seem to remember). Chacun ses gouts!

Feb 21, 2014
monchique in France

Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

Agreed, but this particular thread was a long way from the original query and diverted to a sort of Michelin bashing... Glad to see it has gone back on track now.

Feb 17, 2014
monchique in France

Michelin restaurant for Saturday lunch?

Being French and having been brought-up with a Michelin guide always at hand in the car (and I still carry one of whichever country I am in...), I don't understand the pros and antis... If you are French and stuck somewhere whether it's near Vezoul or Mende or Lucca or Caceres it is the safe way to find somewhere decent to eat and sleep. That's the role of a Michelin guide.
The stars are a bonus and the acknowledment of a certain consistancy in quality, not automatically following the fashion and teh buzz but the taste of the people who buy the guide... who are not automatically interested in the Visconti or Bunuel food equivalent. I guess you could place Bocuse in the George Cukor section... still a favourite.

Feb 17, 2014
monchique in France

Passy revisited

Just back from a short trip to Paris, staying in Passy, I thought I would give an update on this distant "village".

La Matta: Rue de l'Annonciation, a busy Italian restaurant, good ambiance and nice welcome. Same menu and management accross the road in their annex with the same nice welcome but a quieter ambiance if you need to talk. Good value for money.

Mirama Thai, on rue Duban (opposite Sotobello) is more Chinese than Thai, and also has some Vietnamese dishes. Cheap (25 Euros) and good quality but bring your own ambiance.

Kura (corner of rue Bois.le Vent & Boulainvilliers) is still one of the best Japanese restaurant in Paris; Not cheap (38 Euros for a large plate of Sashimi, bowl of rice and Miso soup) but the quality is constantly there. Several tables of local Japanese (i.e. not tourists) which is always good news.

Chez Geraud, rue Vital: New owners have refreshed and modernised this traditional restaurant without changing the menu too much. Crispy ris-de-veau (sweetbread) and a nice filet de sanglier (which was from a very young wildboar, close to the Spanish black pig)

And finally, further afield, a mention for the Cristal Room, place des États-Unis, for a special event. The restaurant is part of the Baccarat cristal museum, in an old private mansion. The lunch menu is only 50 Euros for 2 courses plus dessert and gives free access to the museum :o) See http://www.cristalroom.com/
The food is light, nicely presented (photo), but unfortunately the kitchen must be too far as our mains were served tepid at best; Or maybe they could not cope with our birthday table of 10, which is strange considering the choice is between only 2 starters, 2 main courses and 2 desserts so the kitchen should not have been stressed! However, a very nice place to keep in mind for a romantic invitation or to impress a business associate...

Feb 10, 2014
monchique in France

Lisbon restaurants

The Sofitel is next door to the Tivoli, so the current post might help: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/931053
Also a search for Lisbon on this board will bring you a lot of infomation.

Jan 16, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

dinners near Hotel Tivoli Lisboa -Av. da Liberdade, 185

As far as I know, all fado places are either in the Bairro Alto or Alfama, I have never heard of one near Liberdade...
By the way, in the same street as Bomjardim is one of the most traditional restaurants in Lisbon, Gambrinus. Brings you back 50 years ago when the food was classic and the service impeccable!

Jan 16, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Faro for foodies?

See this post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9174...
Will you have a car? Faro itself is a bit of a gastronomic desert...

Jan 14, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Raw milk in Lisbon

We had a client who wanted this a few years ago, and we had to buy a goat; Our handyman had to milk it every day... May be not ideal in an apartment in Cascais. You are not allowed to sell raw milk in Portugal. The nearest you will get is labelled "leite do dia" (milk of the day) and is pasteurised.

Jan 13, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Raw milk in Lisbon

We had a client who wanted this a few years ago, and we had to buy a goat; Our handyman milked it every day... May be not ideal in an apartment in Cascais. You are not allowed to sell raw milk in Portugal. Thew nearest you will get is labelled "leite do dia" (milk of the day) and is pasteurised.

Jan 13, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

dinners near Hotel Tivoli Lisboa -Av. da Liberdade, 185

It depends how adventurous and how mobile your parents are... You will find very up to date info on http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon-restaurants/

One of my favourite restaurant in Lisbon is actually the "French" Brasserie Flo on the groundfloor of the Hotel Tivoli itself... Also 2 good restaurants by Chef Olivier in the hotel Tivoli Jardim next door (same hotel group), one Japanes, one more classic see: www.brasserieflolisboa.com
The only Fado house I have been recently was the "Adega Machado" in the Bairro Alto, both Fado and food were correct... But search this board for other suggestions.
And remember taxis are cheap and plenty in Lisbon!

Jan 12, 2014
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Our experiences of seeking vegetarian food in Lisbon... and seeking a couple of final suggestions!

Not being a vegetarian myself, I can only refer you to these links which might help:
http://www.lonelyplanet.com/portugal/lisbon/restaurants/vegetarian
and
http://www.happycow.net/europe/portug...

Oct 22, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Your favorite brands of walnut oil and truffle oil

If desperate for walnut oil (like you would if you lived in Portugal), try some mild olive oil with a pinch of curry powder added. It does work well as a substitute...

Oct 07, 2013
monchique in France

Toledo, Spain --seeking good indigenous food near Cathedral

Sorry you had a bad experience. Maybe you just hit a bad night. I have not heard of the group having problems. I hope we get more reports from Toledo soon.

Sep 29, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon Report

Praça do Comercio used to be a massive traffic jam, now rather deserted since the traffic has been removed...
This link might interest you for your next visit to Lisbon:
http://www.lisbonlux.com/lisbon-resta...
It is comprehensive and I find it well up-to-date.

Sep 19, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon Report

Thank you for the report. Glad that 100 Maneiras and Assinatura both lived to the expectations!
A new restaurant just opening in Lisbon which might be interesting for future reference is "Chefe Cordeiro" at 20, Praça do Comercio. José Cordeiro is the Chef at the "Feitoria" in the hotel Altis Belem where he has a Michelin star, so his own restaurant should be quite good.
http://www.chefecordeiro.com/

Sep 19, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Faro

In Faro "town" the gastronomic choice is rather limited... Not far from the station, on the docks, the "Faro e Benfica" restaurant has good quality fish and shellfish, a nice view, basic service and a limited (good) wine list. http://www.lifecooler.com/artigo/fazer/restaurante-faro-e-benfica/380694/

The restaurant on the top floor of the "Hotel Faro", in the centre by the marina is interesting, with a nice menu, a nice ambience and a good chef. A good wine list too. http://www.hotelfaro.pt/

The nearest "special" place, "O Costa" is on the Ilha de Faro (Faro Island), near the airport, a 7km taxi ride, and IMHO not really worth the detour in your case. But it depends what you are looking for... http://restauranteocosta.com/eng/inde...

Enjoy your short visit to the Algarve

Sep 19, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Eating in Lisbon.

Hi! Suggest you start with a search on this board for Lisbon. It will yield quite a few recent results!
When in Lisbon, we always go to the Gourmet shop in the basement of El Corte Ingles to stock on special goodies.
Some ideas there: http://www.golisbon.com/shopping/food...

Sep 14, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal
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Grilled sardines on a Barcelona beach

The Algarve is famous for sardines on a sandy beach, but it's quite a way from Barcelona :o)

Sep 08, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

New Porto restaurants

It would live t your expectations if you avoid Sunday lunch (set menu & obviously Chef's day off!)

Aug 23, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon/Algarve fun for the whole family

Now it makes sense. Even then, Castro Marim would not be my first choice, unless you wanted to play golf...
However I forgot to mention Mertola, North of Castro Marim on the Guadiana. Worth the visit and you might find some "lampreia" (lamprey eel) although the season is April / May. Lamb is v. good around there, and the little cheeses fantastic.
Lisbon is a big cosmopolitan city... of course try the "Pasteis de Belem" and concentrate on fish, grilled sardines in particular. Generally avoid beef in Portugal unless it say "Mirandesa". But pork, lamb and kid stew are always good.

Aug 20, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon/Algarve fun for the whole family

Strange place to chose as a home base... You'll be closer to Sevilla than to Lisbon!
Plenty of good fish restaurants around Tavira: "Costa" in Fabrica on the ria de Tavira and for upmarket the fantastic restaurant of the Monte Rei Golf club, Michelin star level.
You want to eat clams (ameijoas) under all forms and recipes and the Algarvian speciality called a "cataplana" from the name of the cooking vessel. Generally a mixture of pork and clams,it comes in many variations.
In the Algarve, no to pasteis de nata, but plenty of regional sweets made of figs, almonds or carob and of course the "doce branco" made of marzipan in shape of flowers or fruits.
Go across the border to Spain at least to Ayamonte or as far as Sevilla to explore the tapas bars. Not sure you will have time to get to Lisbon!
Enjoy.

Aug 20, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Restaurants in Lagos, Ferragudo and Albufeira town centres

You would be pushed to find a restaurant in the Algarve that does not serve fish and vegetables, so no need to argue with your other half... I would particularly recommand:
In Ferragudo: O Sueste, at the end of the fisherman's quay. Fantastic fresh fish.
In Lagos: No Patio or Vista alegre (a small French bistro).
In Albufeira, there is nothing worth mentioning in town but there are so many bars and restaurants of all type and culture that you won't starve!

Aug 14, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal
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Lisbon - Ramiro question

Their website says they close Mondays and from August 4th to September 4th.

Jul 25, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Dining hints for Vila Real & the Duro for next week - send help

Hi, I suggest you start by looking at some posts on this board, A search for "Douro" (spelt like that) yelds quite a lot of answers.
Also, if you indicated your particular interests it would help pointing you in the right direction. And finally, what time of year are you planning your expedition?

Jun 21, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Hemingway, Cascais

Have you thought of "Claro"? www.restauranteclaro.com/
Not quite Cascais, but not too far either. It is considered as the best table in the area. Have to book though...
I see on their website that they have a specia menu of "cozido" for Saturday and Sunday lunches.

May 26, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal

Hemingway, Cascais

I would be very surprised if they served anything else than the brunch on Sundays. Why don't you ask them directly: hemingwaycascais@gmail.com

May 26, 2013
monchique in Spain/Portugal