Flushed with the success of his little Portuguese coffee house Comme à Lisbonne, Victor Silveira opened tiny deli-restaurant A Tasca ('The Tavern') in early 2014. The walls are tiled with sky-blue azulejos, the shelves are stocked with olive oils and jams from the famous Conservaria de Lisboa, and there's vinho verde on the wine list (though sadly not available by the glass – instead we had a delicious local beer, a Sovina at €5.50). For a taste of Portugal, the look and the flavours are just right.
Lunches here are as sweet and simple as they would be back home in Lisbon – a soup to start (€6) then a generous toasta sandwich with smoked sardines, tomatoes, cheese and red onions (€11.90) lifted by a side of mesclun lettuce, or a cocoroco (cock-a-doodle-doo) with chicken, ginger and bacon – slightly less authentic, but none the worse for that. Finish up with a full-bodied Delta coffee and a famous pastel de nata custard tart.
|Venue name:||A Tasca|
37 rue du Roi de Sicile
|Opening hours:||Tue-Sun 12noon-3.30pm, tea room until 6pm|
|Transport:||Métro : Saint-Paul|