I have just returned from a holiday in the Algarve in Portugal during which my husband and I travelled to Lisbon for a few days for his birthday. I did a lot of research of restaurants in Lisbon for his birthday meal and settled on this restaurant given it's reviews on TA and the fact you could book online.
On arrival we were given a warm welcome by the owners and were seated at a lovely table by the door in this small restaurant. The menu is all in Portuguese and I did my best with my phrase book to work it out but the owners kindly went through the whole menu with us. We settled on the meat and cheese board to start and then the Portuguese steak and Fish cataplana for our mains. The food was exceptional. It was really authentic Portuguese food cooked to perfection. We ended the meal with a pumpkin, egg and almond cake which was also out of this world!
The owners of the restaurant are very friendly and despite it being a busy night they took the time to talk to us and find out a little more about us and our travels. They knew it was my husbands birthday so presented him with a slice of cake with a candle and champagne which they shared with us. The owners really go out of their way to give the personal touch which is why I think this restaurant stands out from any others. My husband said it was the best birthday he has ever had.
I really cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Some reviewers have said how they waited ages for a table or for their food to arrive. If you want quick food go to McDonalds but if you want fantastic authentic Portuguese food in an atmospheric restaurant with the warmest hosts then this restaurant is for you. This restaurant is an experience so you should spend the time to enjoy it. During our visit people were queuing to get in but not once did the owners make us feel like they wanted us to leave so they could have the table. We stayed 2 and a half hours and it was perfect.
If you are in Lisbon you must visit this restaurant!
We will be back with the new addition next year!
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