A quick preface- it rained the entire time we were in Lisbon. The. Entire. Time. Nathalie tells me that this year has been the rainiest spring since the 1930's which is all of the things rolled up into Murphy's Law for an annual leave sun holiday... BUT, as a result we were able to take advantage of the incredible food scene taking place in Lisbon right now. From street food to Michelin star, we were lucky enough to try a small bit of everything. Three of my favourites:
(1) A Cevicheria (photographed above)
Probably one of my most favourite meals to date. Six taster courses of ceviche dishes -escalating from cold to warm- all incredibly fresh, vibrant and unforgettable. If the idea of ceviche or seafood isn't your usual staple (it isn't always mine) I implore you to still give this taster course a go, it will win you over with its punchy flavours and clean execution. Bonus points for the pisco sour cocktails tiding us through the meal.
(2) Gin Lovers
The Embaixada, located in a beautiful palace (think a smaller Powerscourt) of the nineteenth century in Príncipe Real, has just opened a new space dedicated to gin. And full disclosure, we walked in because I was completely and utterly charmed by the bartender. Juan was a complete ham who we loved for making us incredible cocktails (try the lollipop drink) with a complete flair for the dramatic in his preparation. The best gin and tonic Adam's ever had. High praise. Bonus points for the shopping surroundings, literally a few steps to the most beautiful interiors store.
The best pastéis de nata! * Based in two locations and described as the 'local's favourite' for these glorious luscious cream filled flake tarts. Find every excuse to get here (and then keep coming back for more) - no trip to this city is complete without seeing if the hype is real. (It is) Bonus points for being open from 8am to midnight every day.
*Also the reason I became half-human, half custard tart.