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’.
Pinóquio stands out from its neighbours for its juicy clams and succulent prawns, plus delicious nibbles such as pica pau (marinated meat) and steak served with the famous house sauce.
One of locals’ favourite snacks, the breaded and fried croquete comes here with various fillings. But the meat one is really excellent. Whether hot or cold, it's worth dipping it in the house mustard.
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.
‘Asian tartare’ is a dish to destroy, that is, to look at, photograph (you will want to) and then mix up. It is composed of raw steak, a sweet and sour Asian chilli seasoning, foie gras, shitake mushrooms and wasabi peas.
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.
The servings here are so big that you must either come very hungry or with a big group. The flaked salt cod, served with chick peas, roast potatoes and peppers is divine – there is just no other word for it.
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