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Fun restaurant in Barrio Alto, Lisbon

@ Steveoinpalmsprings

There are tons of options in the Bairro Alto in all price ranges so here are some options:

Sinal Vermelho - Moderate, unpretentious, good regional cuisine and wine
O Caracol - Traditional fare with a good wine list
Primeiro de Maio - Traditional and festive atmosphere
RESpublica - Excellent food in the Centro Cultural 25 de Abril. Very affordable.
Império dos Sentidos - Portuguese and Italian Cuisine
Príncipe do Calhariz - Simple, rustic fare
Tavares - very chic and upscale
Pap'Açorda - traditional and rustic cuisine
Fidalgo - traditional and rustic

Let me know if you have any questions since I live here in Lisboa.

Boa Viagem!

Jun 01, 2011
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Lisbon and Porto

@ syoung

I live here in Lisbon, so after searching the archives let me know if you have questions and I will be happy to help.

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Jun 01, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon - dinner near Holiday Inn (Avenida Antonio Jose De Almeida)

@ Torontobelly

We don't really do breakfast here, so my suggestion would be to find a pastelaria in the area where you can have all types of breads, sweets, fruits, pastries, cheese, coffee, tea, etc.

That will be your best bet!

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May 31, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon - dinner near Holiday Inn (Avenida Antonio Jose De Almeida)

@ torontobelly

Most of the places near Pasteis de Belém on the Rua de Belém are not much to write home about. My favorite place in the vicinity is called Sagitário, but I only go there for lunch and am not sure they are open for dinner. My suggestion would be to have one of the fantastic sandwiches or other delicacies that the Pasteis de Belém makes with their fresh ingredients and then have the Pasteis de Nata (Belém).

Otherwise, maybe you could go there during the day as a visit to the nearby monuments, monastery, and Centro Cultural offer tons to do and a reason to have a hard earned snack!

Just a thought!

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May 25, 2011
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vinhotinto75 - please help with final 4

@ Kazmodo

Sorry for the delay in response, but I've been travelling the last month and haven't had reliable mobile or fixed Wifi or internet connection in the places that I've been

In any case, if you are leaning towards "trendy and upscale" then places such as Assinatura, Largo, Clara Chiado, Tágide, Solar dos Nunes, Solar dos Presuntos, Kaetano's, Alma, Lisboa à Noite, etc. are places you will want to go.

I definitely recommend Sinal Vermelho because when the food is on, it is one of the best unpretentious places that specializes in regional Portuguese cuisine in Lisboa. I recommend going there for lunch and dinner. They are owned/managed by the same people that run Lisboa à Noite on the same street (Rua da Gáveas).

Tágide is also quite quaint and displays fine Luso-Franco dishes with wonderful views of Lisboa. So, I would suggest Tágide for dinner and Sinal Vermelho for lunch. I don't know when you are coming here, but make sure you touch base as Sinal Vermelho does usually close for a few weeks each summer.

I know some people who have been to Sea Me and were not impressed. Yet, that is like anything, some people rave, are indifferent, or complain.

As far as Sintra is concerned, I really like a place called Restaurante Regional which is not far from the train station and serves honest food with friendly service. If you wanted to more upscale in Sintra, maybe try Gspot Gastronomia.

Now that I'm back situated in Lisboa, please feel free to let me know if you have questions.

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May 25, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

pasta price in Lisbon

@ Manuelamb

I live here in Lisbon, Portugal and here are the prices that I pay on the average for various forms of pasta brands:

Linguini (Nacional) 500g = 0,89 Euro
Spaghetti (Nacioinal) 500g = 0,59 Euro
Elbows (Milaneza) 500g = 0,89 Euro
Fusilli (Milaneza and Nacional) 500g = 0,79 Euro
Egg Tagliatelle (Milaneza) 500g = 1,99 Euro

If you want other information, let me know and I can look into more detail for you. I hope that this helps.

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May 12, 2011
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Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ BayouTeche

No - Cervejaria Ramiro does not take reservations at all. Sometimes, especially on Sundays, the line can be quite long, but well worth it if you like shellfish!

Boa Sorte!

May 12, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ BayouTeche

Obviously since I live here I rarely make reservations via email. You can certainly try, but if you don't hear back, I would call (or have your hotel do it for you) just to confirm.

Boa Sorte!

May 12, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon - Best cheap eats

@ Chanceler

If you search the archives, I have given tons of cheap and cheerful recommendations over the past years for Lisboa (where I live). Nonetheless, here are some places where you can get good cheap meals in your price range:

A Granja Velha
Bonjardim
Estrela Morena
Sagitário
Esquina da Fé
Forninho do Saloio
Lamosa Grill
Respublica

Again, after searching the archives if you have any questions, please let me know and I will be happy to assist.

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May 12, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ BayouTeche

Some ideas for Lapa might include Nariz do Vinho Tinto, yet other areas such as Campo de Ourique, Santos, and Alcântara are not far. Quite honestly, nothing is terribly far here in Lisboa (just hills)!

But yes, Alma is not far either.

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May 04, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Recommandation on arrival day in Lisbon

@ Realjazz

The area in which you are staying is not far at all from the Blue Line (Pombal Stop) so you could take the metro or a taxi to any place in the city.

If you wanted to walk 10-15 minutes, the Cervejaria Real Fábrica in the Largo do Rato is quite simple and has a varied selection of fish and seafood stews.

A short metro or cab ride away there are options such as Kaetano's (Avenida Stop) or Esquina da Fé. They both serve risotto (arroz de.....) seafood stews as well as other fish and non-fish options too. Likewise, you could take a longer cab ride to Graça and go to Pitéu or Churrasco da Graça as both serve hearty portions of fish and other dishes.

If you have any more questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

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Apr 26, 2011
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Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ livetoeatalways

Solar dos Presuntos has an extremely varied menu and many more choices than Assinatura. Solar dos Presuntos also has tons of seafood, meat, game, and poultry dishes and is slightly cheaper than Assinatura. Likewise, Solar dos Presuntos has a gigantic wine list that is now given to you on an IPAD so that you can search by varietal, price, region, etc. Assinatura has a much smaller wine list and I haven't been too impressed with the selection.

Assinatura is much more intimate than Solar dos Presuntos which has several floors and dining rooms which you can see and pick while making your reservation online. Service at both places is excellent.

You could certainly walk to Solar dos Presuntos from where you are staying, however a short cab ride will either cost less than 5 Euro or you could take the Metro from Pombal and get off at Restauradores. What is the address on Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca?

I think you will have a great meal at either place, but if I were to take somebody visiting to Lisboa for the first time (which I often do), then I think I would take them to Solar dos Presuntos first.

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Apr 26, 2011
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Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ livetoeatalways

Assinatura is authentic Portuguese, yet if you want something refined, yet a bit more traditional, I would suggest Solar dos Presuntos, Solar dos Nunes, or Ibo Restaurante.

Assinatura is also open for lunch, so maybe if you had time, you could go there for lunch and go to Solar dos Nunes or Solar dos Presuntos for dinner. Just an idea..

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Apr 25, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ livetoeatalways

Assinatura is literally right around the corner from Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca and Avenida Alexandre Herculano. When Assinatura first opened I really like the space, food, and service, yet the last few meals I have eaten there have disappointed. I keep going back to try them, so you might want to give them a shot.

Otherwise, here are others that I suggest:

Solar dos Presuntos - Classic Northern Portuguese cuisine in a traditional, yet upscale vibe. Excellent wine list and varied menu.

Ibo Restaurante - Portuguese and Mozambican flavors here are shown in seafood, beef, game, and other dishes. Excellent wine list and a very lovely interior.

Largo - Super Food and a nice upscale interior in the heart of Chiado. The wine list and service is ideal.

Thus, based on where you are staying you might want to try Assinatura. If not Ibo and Largo are excellent, and Solar dos Presuntos never disappoints!

Boa Sorte!

Apr 25, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

NEED HELP...WITH LISBON RESTAURANT..CANNOT DECIDE!

@ YesIlovetotravel

Remember that the US does not legally allow much more than a bottle upon entering, so you might have to have stuff shipped to you if you want to go that route. ViniPortugal will have tons of smaller producers for you to taste and you can go to Garrafeira Nacional or Napoleão who ships should you so be interested in buying. Otherwise, I would figure out if they distribute in the US and your state.

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Apr 22, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

NEED HELP...WITH LISBON RESTAURANT..CANNOT DECIDE!

@ YesIlovetravel

Dishes at Solar dos Presuntos usually range between 16 and 25 Euros and are quite hearty. That is expensive for Lisbon and Portugal as most main dishes even at moderate restaurants run between 12 and 15 Euros. Even moderate and cheaper restaurants will offer a 1/2 portion size which is often sufficient if you have a starter and dessert.

Assinatura is probably the most expensive of those that I listed as their main dishes range in the 20-30 Euro range. With the economic climate here in Lisboa/Portugal that is very expensive. Likewise, even before all of the chaos, it was still expensive (for here). I really like Assinatura, but often the food falls flat on simple seasonsing. To their defense, they are always willing to listen and take feedback.

Since you like wine, some other small places worth checking out are Os Goliardos, Chafariz do Vinho, and Nektar Wine Bar. Of course, ViniPortugal also has free tastings at their centre in the Praça do Comércio.

Boa Sorte!

Apr 22, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

NEED HELP...WITH LISBON RESTAURANT..CANNOT DECIDE!

@ YesIlovetotravel

As Monchique mentioned, it is a huge holiday week here in Lisboa, but nonetheless here are a list of places that I would recommend trying while you are here. I have also included some places to visit for cheese. Lisboa is not very large so you can get anywhere on public transport and with very cheap taxis. I will break down the list based on price range and have the neighbourhood/district in parentheses.

Cheap and Cheerful

Bonjardim (Baixa-Restauradores) Fantastic Roasted Chicken
A Granja Velha (Baixa) Fantastic Homestyle Alentejan Cuisine
Estrela Morena (Príncipe Real) Excellent Cape Verdean Food
Esquina da Fé (São José) Unpretentious regional cuisine
Churrasco da Graça (Graça) Grilled foods, especially fresh fish
Pitéu (Graça) Huge portions, friendly service, and good seafood
Barcabela (Martim Moniz/Estefânia) Excellent grilled dishes, particularly seafood
Sagitário (Belém) Great lunch spot and friendly service

Moderate

Restaurante Trempe (Campo de Ourique) Excellent Grilled foods from Alentejo
Sinal Vermelho (Bairro Alto) Not far from where you are staying and excellent regional food
Outro Tempo Bar (Campo de Ourique) Neighborhood place for steaks which is open late
Café São Bento (São Bento) Portuguese steak and fries is the classic here. Open Sunday and late.
Kaetano's (São José) Used to be in Graça and now located behind the Tívoli Theatre on the Avenida da Liberdade
O Caracol (Bairro Alto) Unpretentious old school place in the Bairro Alto with a good wine list.
Charcutaria Francesa (Praça das Flores)
O Ponto Final (Caçilhas) Excellent seafood and views of the Rio Tejo
O Farol (Caçilhas) Excellent seafood right at the ferry terminal in Caçilhas
Cervejaria Ramiro (Estefânia) The best place in Lisboa for shellfish (all they serve)

Expensive/Upscale

Solar dos Presuntos (Baixa/Restauradores) Not to be missed. Excellent food with variety and an incredible wine list now on IPADs/tablets.
Largo (Chiado) A large place serving refined Portuguese cuisine with excellent service
Clara Chiado (Chiado) Excellent wine list and food; they also have a gourmet store for wine, etc.
Assinatura (Rato/Pombal) A lovely space with food that can be excellent or mediocre. Perhaps try for lunch first and then decide if you want to proceed for dinner.
Resturante Ibo (Cais do Sodré) Wonderful food, wine, and a menu with Portuguese and Mozambican flavors.
Alma (Santos) Food by one of Portugal's star chef's, Henrique Sá Pessoa
Solar dos Nunes (Alcântara) Excellent food with Alentejan specialties

As far as cheese is concerned, you will find the best selection at local supermarkets such as Continental and MiniPreço. There are also tons of little gourmet shops such as Gourmet Lisboa in the Campo de Ourique. Some of the larger supermarkets such as Continental can be reached by metro at the Parque das Nações or Colombo. Likewise, there are tons of little boutiques throughout Chiado, Baixa, and Bairro Alto. El Corte Ingles, the huge SPANISH superstore, has a huge grocery and gourmet store in the basement with Portuguese delicacies. So that might be an option. I also like Charcutaria Brasil on Avenida Alexandre Herculano. You may also buy some of these if you are flying out of the Lisbon airport as they pack everything nicely.

I hope that this post helps with your planning and feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

Boa Sorte!

Apr 22, 2011
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Lisbon restaurants

@ Aviseu

If you want to try some of the newer/modern places here in Lisboa, I suggest the following:

Ibo Restaurante
Alma
Largo
Clara Chiado
Alma

If you are interested in more local, smaller places, search the archives as I've provided many suggestions.

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Apr 18, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ BayouTeche

1. Taxi's are ubiquitous, plentiful, and more importantly, very cheap throughout Lisbon. You can be anywhere in the main parts of the city and be able to flag one (or ten) down.

2. Reservations for some places such as Solar dos Presuntos, Ibo, Largo, Tágide, and other more upscale are suggested for a variety of reasons. While most places are now completely smoke-free, there still are some areas designated for smoking. If you are extremely allergic like me, I always want to make sure I will be as far away from smoke as possible. Also, some places like Solar dos Presuntos might get really busy on a Saturday, thus you reserve online and pick your room of choice. The same with Ibo and others.

3. Bread, cheese, olives, paté, and other delicacies such as Rissois are called the couvert. Some restaurants charge a flat rate whether you eat one olive or everything that they offer on the table. Others however might just charge if you eat the bread but not the cheese, etc. If you don't want anything, you can simply tell them. Likewise, if you see that you are charged for something you didn't have, make it known so that they can remove it from the bill. It all depends on the type of place and your hunger-level. If I'm going to have a braised or stew dish, I might want bread. Sometimes I even save some of the cheese to finish with my wine instead of ordering a dessert.

4. As far as a first lunch and dinner to eat alone, there are plenty of places (including the ones above). Do not fret about taking a table from somebody! In this economy here, most people are not eating out as much as usual and they will be glad to serve you. Also, aside from a few places, "eating at the bar'" is not very Portuguese.

Thus, according to your desire to be in a lively place with good food and wine and moderately priced, I would suggest the following:

Primeiro de Maio (Bairro Alto); Cheap and Cheerful with a lively staff that has a good wine list and simple Portuguese food.

Trempe (Campo de Ourique) It won't be as lively or crowded (well it might at dinner) as Primeiro de Maio, but the food is excellent and the wines and food from Alentejo are excellent. Also very affordable.

Gambrinus (Baixa) A Lisbon tradition and very old school. Here you could sit at the bar if you wanted to and delve into some classics. Aside from Gambrinus and Bonjardim this area is full of generally lackluster tourist traps.

There are also some of the newer hip places like Assinatura, Bocca, and Clara Chiado that serve a cheaper lunch menu and of course have fantastic wine.

I hope this helps and as always feel free to touch base with any more questions.

Boa Sorte!

Apr 17, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ BayouTeche

I like O Fialho, and although a classic, there are a few places that I like a bit more such as:

Dom Joaquim
O Antão
Santo Humberto

All of these serve traditional, yet modern twists of Comida Alentejana at its finest. Yes, if you go on Sunday the wine tasting center might not be open, however you can always taste great wines at ViniPortugal for free in Lisboa. They are located in the Praça do Comércio and are open Tuesday to Saturday. They feature three wine regions a month a you can try 4 wines at a tasting (generous pours in proper stemware) and you give feedback on the nose, color, label, price you would pay, etc. I highly recommend including it in a day (or two).

http://www.viniportugal.pt/index.php?...

As always, feel free to let me know if you have questions.

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Apr 16, 2011
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Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ Bayou

All of the places (Sintra, Cascais, Évora) offer their charms, yet I suppose I am partial to Évora because it has stellar restaurants, wine, and other delicacies such as olive oil. Also, if you are into wine, the Comissão Vitivnícola Regional Alentejana organizes tasting and tours to some excellent vineyards throughout the province. Likewise, there are excellent restaurants in the town and some historic sites (UNESCO City) to visit.

http://www.vinhosdoalentejo.pt/conten...

As far as Charcutaria Francesa, they serve what they (and I) would consider refined or more upscale homestyle or "grandmom's" food in a very lovely ambience in a cool section of Lisboa.

Here is their website:
http://www.charcutaria-francesa.com/

O Ponto Final is more expensive than O Farol which is simpler and right at the Ferry terminal in Caçilhas. You have to walk 10 minutes or so to get to O Ponto Final, yet if the weather is nice, the view is remarkable. You will have very good food in either place to be honest. The Brazilian restaurant right next to O Ponto Final, ATIRA-TE AO RIO, is also quite good.

Please feel free to ask any more additional questions.

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Apr 15, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lisbon in May - 6 lunches/6 dinners

@ BayouTeche

This looks like a fine list, however I would perhaps offer these are some addtional suggestions:

Restaurante Trempe (Lunch or Dinner)
Charcutaria Francesa (Dinner)
Estrela Morena (Now Serving Sunday "Brunch")
Sinal Vermelho (Lunch or Dinner)

As far as Sunday is concerned, if the weather is nice I would venture to Caçilhas by taking the quick 10 minute ferry from Cais do Sodré and eating lunch at O Farol or O Ponto Final. You could then have a simple dinner at Bonjardim (cheap) or Café São Bento (moderate) since they are both open on Sunday evenings.

Another idea which I recommend to a lot of visitors is to perhaps take an early morning bus to Évora in the Alentejo region on Sunday and visit the town and have lunch. You could then return to Lisboa in the early evening and dine at Bonjardim or go to the Chafariz do Vinho. Just an idea...

Of the places that you have listed above, most of them serve excellent food and have loyal local following. I would certainly try Trempe out of the other places that I suggested as the grilled foods and the ever so perfect chips are served.

Please do not hesitate to ask if you have other questions or need additional suggestions!

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Apr 15, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Lamb shanks - what starch goes well?

I also like what the Italians call Farro!

Apr 14, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Home Cooking

Lamb shanks - what starch goes well?

I usually make my lamb shanks braised in red wine, stock, and tomatoes and like to serve the shank and reduced sauce over what we call here in Portugal, Pevide or Cuscus. While regular Couscous is fine, the Portuguese Cuscus or Pevide is similar to Israeli-style couscous.

I also make goat shanks the same way!

Apr 14, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Home Cooking

Sagres, Portimao, Albufeira, and Faro: Need Simple Recommendations

@ taiga

Here are some confeitarias/pastelarias in Lisbon to try:

Suiça (Rossio/Praça da Figueira)

Confeitaria Nacional (Praça da Figueira)

Pombal (Avenida da Liberdade)

Pastelaria Estrela da Graça (Graça)
Nicola (Rossio)

Pastelaria Pão de Canela (Praça das Flores)

Pastelaria 1800 (Rato)

Cheap and Cheerful Restaurants in Lisboa:

Bonjardim

Churrasco da Graça

Pitéu

Cervejaria Jaguar

Borges

Estrela Morena

A Granja Velha

Boa Viagem!

Apr 14, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Vegetarian foodies in Lisbon...for 8 days.

@ Mollybolt

First, I assume you mean Bairro Alto, and while it has some tourist elements, Lisboa is still quite genuine and not overwhelmingly touristic like many European Capitals. Still, like and city, there are some excellent, yet underwhelming places in the Bairro Alto.

Here are some suggestions for the Bairro Alto and surrounding adjacent areas like Príncipe Real and Praça das Flores.

Sinal Vermelho (Rua das Gáveas)
Lisboa à Noite (Rua das Gáveas)

Both these places are owned by the people and they feature excellent regional Portuguese dishes. Lisboa à Noite is more refined, while Sinal Vermelho is a bit more casual, yet equally good. Wine lists are quite good too. I would suggest if you want to go here, or any other place, that you email, call, or stop in well in advance to ask if they can accommodate vegetarians. Again, be wary that the use of stocks and non-vegetarian products is very common in restaurants.

Some other Bairro Alto suggestions:

O Caracol (Rua da Barroca) Very old-school with a fine wine list

Tavares (Rua da Misericórdia) Very Chic and run by a Michelin Star Chef; albeit overrun with tourists

Respublica (Rua da Misericórdia) Simple, yet refined restaurant associated with the 25 de Abril Association

Terra (Rua da Palmeira) The formerly mentioned Vegetarian/Vegan restaurant in Lisboa.

Estrela Morena (Rua da Imprensa Nacional) Tiny place serving Luso-African, more specifically Cape Verdean, cuisine. Fantastic and affordable, yet not "upscale" at all. A nice lunch spot.

Here are places outside of the Bairro Alto that I like to take visitors/guests for a more "upscale" meal when they visit Lisboa, however I'm not sure how vegetarian friendly they will be, thus I again urge you to email well ahead and such.

Ibo Restaurante (Cais do Sodré) Wonderful restaurant with excellent Portuguese food with a Mozambican twist. Great views, wine list, and service. If you email them they will most certainly try to accommodate your dining needs. This may be one of your better options.

Charcutaria Francesa (R. Manuel Bernardes) Despite the name, this is fine Portuguese cuisine and a very classy atmosphere and ambiance. Again, try emailing if you are interested ahead of time.

There are tons of other places of other price ranges that I take visitors, friends, and family all of the time, however I'm apprehensive to list so many of them since I doubt they would offer anything noteworthy for vegetarians. Again, there are also the newer "upscale" places like Largo, Assinatura, Clara Chiado, Alma, etc. that might be willing to accommodate. I seem to recall Quinta dos Frades having vegetarian options on their menu a while ago.

Go to Gulbenkian on a Sunday since the regular museum and the aforementioned Centro de Arte Moderna (Modern Art Centre) have free admission to the general public on Sunday. Here is the info for you in English. I've eaten in the restaurant a few times, yet I'm not very much a fan of buffet food, however it is cheap and cheerful.

http://cam.gulbenkian.pt/index.php?ar...

Please feel free to let me know if you have any questions.

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Apr 13, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Vegetarian foodies in Lisbon...for 8 days.

@ Mollybolt

First, here are some resources for explaining more about how to deal with being a vegetarian in Lisboa, and it come from Restaurante Terra, a vegeratian/vegan restaurante in Príncipe Real. You should definitely dine there for lunch or dinner at least once. I've also included a list of vegetarian restaurants in Lisbon, yet many of them are Indian/Goan restaurants.

http://www.restauranteterra.pt/Englis...

http://www.centrovegetariano.org/Rest...

I think some of the places that you have identified such as 100 Maneiras, Tavares, Alma, and Quinta dos Frades would be fine, yet some of these are very touristy and pricey; particularly 100 Maneiras and Tavares. Still, with advance notice they might be able to make something special for you if you wanted to go this route.

Since Portuguese cuisine heavily relies upon fish, pork, game, etc. it can be challenging to eat right on the spot without giving the restaurant/chefs enough time to prepare. Tons of stocks, wine, and other animal/fish products are used even in cooking rice, potatoes, etc. How are you with wine? That is also a key ingredient in tons of dishes too. I have a work colleague here in Lisboa who is "vegetarian" but she eats fish, so that makes things a lot simpler for her.

Maybe if you could give some idea of what you would like to eat/try, I might be able to make some suggestions rather than the typical and somewhat predicatable places like Tavares, etc. Sure, they often have good food, but you won't encounter many locals (if that is a concern).

Boa Sorte!

Apr 08, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Sagres, Portimao, Albufeira, and Faro: Need Simple Recommendations

@ Taiga

Here are some recommendations for simple and authentic food

In Lisboa:

A Granja Velha (Baixa) Unpretentous food; great for lunch
Bonjardim (Baixa/Restauradores) Best known for the Roasted Chicken
Esquina da Fé (São José) Excellent, simple, rustic cuisine
Pitéu (Graça) Excellent regional Portuguese food; large portions
Churrasco da Graça (Graça) Grilled food, excellent fish, chicken, etc. Cash only
Forninho Saloio (São José) Grilled specialties; chicken, fish, steak, rabbit

Porto:

Casa Aleixo - An unpretentious Portuense tradition; excellent seafood
Restaurante Abadia do Porto - Portuense cuisine, huge portions

Coimbra:

A Taberna - Excellent food from the region; the veal and goat are classics not to be missed.

Let me know if you have any questions as there are tons of suggestions for Lisboa where I reside.

Sorte!

Apr 04, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Sagres, Portimao, Albufeira, and Faro: Need Simple Recommendations

@ Taiga,

I will leave most of this for Monchique, however here are some Faro recommendations. I must admit the city is not my favorite, however I sometimes work with colleagues there and have enjoyed the following places:

Faz Gostos
Faro e Benfica
O Vinhão
República
Adega Nova
Palhaçinho
A Madrugada

I'm sure some of these have websites and the above are a mix of traditional, non-pretentious, and a mix of traditional, homestyle, and places with good wine lists.

Boa Viagem!

Apr 03, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal

Fish, fish, fish!!! restaurants in Lisbon, Sintra and Madeira

@ r.vacapinta

I'm quite neutral on the Docas as I'm not as vocally opposed to it (like one of my neighbors!) and very much the same as Parque das Nações/Expo. Yes, I agree on the whole food is usually better at the Docas places and that should be paramount, but I just don't like the artificial/gentrified atmosphere *personally*. I found Sr. Peixe to be just ok and it is not somewhere I'm going to dine again unless I'm obliged.

Some places that I've had good meals in the Docas are the Alcântara Café and Doca 6. Still, for better food AND for views of the Tejo I much prefer Ibo at the Cais do Sodré and Restaurante da Associação Naval de Lisboa in Belém.

There was an article rather recently in a local newspaper on how the "middle class" that emerged since the 1980/90s gave way to a younger generation who do not know more traditional areas of the city such as the Baixa, Chiado, Graça, Saldanha, Bairro Alto, etc. as they prefer the more recent creations of the Docas and Expo as well as the shopping malls like Colombo. I've seen this in many other places throughout the world such as Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro.

Apr 03, 2011
vinhotinto75 in Spain/Portugal