0 Love It
Save it

Where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques

Steak + Fries + Egg = Bitoque. You might have never heard about this dish. See where to eat in Lisbon this traditional meal

Fotografia: Arlindo Camacho
Bitoque da Floresta do Salitre

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. See where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques.

Where to eat in Lisbon the best bitoques

A Adega do Lagarto

Adega do Lagarto became famous in 2015 because of Baixinho (“Shorty”), a parrot whose owners were fined 20,000 euros for lacking the necessary permits. But this canteen-restaurant was already well known before that whole affair with the popular psittacine, thanks to its grill. Behind it is mr. Artur, a grillmaster whose skills are well known along the Santos-Cais do Sodré axis. His bitoque comes with a special sauce, which includes a mustard flavour, and with fries so wonderful you will want to take a picture of them, frame it and place it on your mantel.

Read more
Chiado/Cais do Sodré

A Floresta do Salitre

Bitoque is a middle-class dish, but it has rich relatives. The one on the menu at A Floresta do Salitre is something of a wealthy cousin that kept little from the bitoque apart from its name: a juicy fried rump steak, crowned with dollar chips and the indispensable egg on top. A fine specimen and a pride to the family.

Read more
Avenida da Liberdade

O Bitoque

The owners of this small family restaurant in Campo de Ourique have to be very confident about their steak or they wouldn’t have named their establishment “Bitoque”. They are right to feel that way. Their steak is a fine piece of beef with dollar chips and creamy spinach on the side – an unusual but welcome addition to Lisbon’s bitoque culture.

Read more
Campo de Ourique

O Tachinho

The restaurant’s name is in the diminutive form (“the little pot”), but their bitoque is superlative. A big, tall steak covered with a strip of ham. Chips are round and crunchy and the egg shines like a star from a nearby constellation. Pickles are also included and they make for a nice contrast in flavour.

Read more
Campo de Ourique

Rui dos Pregos

A harbinger of the tenderized steak trend, Rui dos Pregos opened for business in Cacém in 2000 and has since become a nine-restaurant empire around the Greater Lisbon area. The Rui in the moniker is Rui Moreira, and he’s the man with the mallet – he had the idea of pounding the steaks until they turned into a long, thin strip of beef. The recipe also includes a garlic butter sauce and a quick searing on the grill. On the menu they call it “prego no prato com ovo”.

Read more
Belém

O Cardoso da Estrela

The best price/quality/square meter ratio in Lisbon. Cardoso is a small friendly restaurant where everybody knows your name – yes, a diner version of Cheers. Mr. Cardoso himself waits on tables, and he will treat you as a regular from the first moment you step into his establishment. As for the bitoque, it is served on a skillet, covered with fries and the mandatory egg.

Read more
São Vicente 

O Churrasco

Can the ugly duckling in Portuguese cuisine ever be a swan? Try Churrasco, a grill specialist in the Rua das Portas de Santo Antão, maker of some of Lisbon’s best roast chicken. They don’t have bitoque on the menu, but ask for it and they will get you one: in a clay pot, under the egg and the fries, you will find a very soft rump steak.

Read more
Santa Maria Maior

You might also like

The best Lisbon restaurants

Some of these best Lisbon restaurants are new, some have been going for years. What they all have in common is great food, ambience and service.

Read more
By: Time Out Lisbon editors

Top 20 dishes to try in Lisbon

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. 

Read more
By: Editores da Time Out Lisboa

Lisbon's best burgers

The burger bandwagon rolls on and on. We've seen the rise and fall of hot dogs, ribs and kebabs, but the cravings for burgers in Lisbon never seem to die. Here, in our humble opinion, are the best burgers in town. Do you agree with the choices? 

Read more
By: Time Out Lisbon editors

Comments

0 comments