Here it is, a countdown of Lisbon’s most coveted plates. No more need to agonise over the menu; dive straight in as we reveal dishes to die for at Lisbon’s best restaurants and cheap eats. Our top 20 list picks out sophisticated signature dishes, indulgent desserts, sweet treats and finger-licking street food. Take a look at our selection of the top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon.
Top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon
This ‘neighbourhood washing line’ – inspired by those that are so visible in the city – is a starter that forms part of a tasting menu at the restaurant overseen by ultra-creative chef Ljubomir Stanisic. It is actually bits of bacalhau tripe, fried and pegged up on a miniature line.
Price: Tasting menu €58
One of the signature dishes of José Avillez served at his double Michelin-starred restarant Belcanto, this is made up of an egg cooked at low temperature, nestling in edible gold leaf, on a poultry cream sauce with chestnut purée. It also features crunchy bread and mushrooms.
At Ramiro’s, Lisbon’s temple to shellfish, they serve the finest examples of these delicious reddish crustaceans by the kilo. You could think of them as a kind of giant prawn or, alternatively, a dwarf lobster; their Portuguese name means ‘police officer’.
A traditional Lisbon dish, this warm cod salad is made here to a recipe that keeps strictly to early 20th-century principles. That means it contains bacalhau, chick peas, potatoes, onion, parsley and boiled egg.
A Portuguese-Japanese combo that is original and tasty, with rice rolled in a slice of braised sea bass and with clams à Bulhão Pato (a typical Lisbon recipe featuring garlic and fresh coriander) on top.
Served at one of the coolest restaurants in the Príncipe Real neighbourhood, this is a delicious light dish devised by chef Kiko Martins. It features seasonal white fish, sweet potato purée, onion, seaweed and tiger's milk – the citrus-based marinade that is typical of Peruvian-style ceviche.
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You might have never heard about this dish - it is a Lisbon original, after all. Bitoque is a fried steak served with an egg on top and fries on the side. It is a lifesaver of sorts for many Lisboners, sold at most diners and traditional restaurants.