Category Archives: Europe – Portugal

Cervejaria Trindade – Lisbon, Portugal

After eating at Bonjardim, we walked around Avenida da Liberdade and Rossio Square and lined up for 15 minutes for the Santa Justa Elevator (before deciding that 20 euros was not worth it for a minute ride on the elevator). We ended up just walking up the hill shopped in Chiado.

While waiting for my brother’s Portuguese football jersey to be engraved with Ronaldo, we went to our next food stop: Café a Brasileira, one of the oldest and most famous café in Lisbon.  We got a table inside and waited for our server to come around, WHICH HE NEVER DID. He was off stacking plates, even when there was already couple stacks of clean plates.  A lot of customers were complaining at this point.  Then around 25 minutes after we got our table, he began to take orders from one end of the cafe to the other end.  When our table was next, he went back to the tables at the other end (where he already took the orders).  I was beyond pissed because he totally ignored us. We waited for 35 minutes and have not been served yet.  We got up, left and Café a Brasileira left a bitter impression, even if I haven’t even tried their coffees.  (This café doesn’t even deserve it’s own post for me to rant.)

After picking up the jersey, we headed for dinner at Cervejaria Trindade,  a combination of German beer hall and Portuguese tavern.

Cervejaria Trindade is the oldest tavern in Lisbon and has been in operation for 175 years! It’s a tourist hot-spot!

It was built on the foundations of the 13th-century convent, which was destroyed by the 1755 earthquake and was rebuilt.  In 1834, this place became a beer factory  and restaurant.  The walls are covered with 18th century azulejos (traditional Portugues decorative tiles), depicting the seasons and also Portuguese scenes.

The restaurants is now owned by owned by the brewers of Sagres beer so of course we tried their dark and light beer.

sirlon steak Trindade-style with fried egg and beer sauce

codfish loin a la office (grilled codfish loin on a thick slice of bread and accompanied by a potatoes and spinach)

shellfish rice a la friar scoundrel (Malandro rice and prawns, lobsters, mussels, clams)… the rice was al dente but the risotto we had the previous night at 100 Maneiras was more flavourful.

The food was pretty good but it’s the environment and history that makes this restaurant special.

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Cervejaria Trindade

Rua Nova da Trindade 20
Lisbon, Portugal
213 423 506

Restaurante Bonjardim – Lisbon, Portugal

After seeing the sights in Belém and eating THE pastel de nata, we took the tram back to Lisboa’s Figueira Square.  So our day in Lisbon is pretty much a food tour and next on the itinerary is Restaurante Bonjardim.

Restaurante Bonjardim is famous with the locals and serious gastronomists for its frango (chicken).

It was a bad idea to down several glasses of sangria when I was dehydrated…..

bread and chicken pâté…. I guess they have a lot of left-over chicken bits to make the pâté!

2 orders of the famous rotisserie chicken.. I don’t like the rotisserie chicken mom gets at Safeway or Costco but Bonjardim’s frango is in a league of its own!  The chicken skin is crispy (yet slightly salty) while the meat is juicy and tender.

We also ordered the fries but it was forgettable.. it’s like the fries you have in Chinatown.

No wonder Bonjardim is called Rei dos Frangos (King of chickens).. cause it puts all the Safeway, Costco and even Nando’s to shame!

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Restaurante Bonjardim

Travessa de Santo Antão 12,
1150 Lisboa,
Portugal
+351 213 427 424


Pastéis de Belém – Lisbon, Portugal

I am such a Portuguese egg tart fan so I had to make a journey out to Belém to taste the original pastel de nata!  In Macau, I also had to journey out from the city centre to try the famous Lord Stow’s Portuguese egg tart.  Why are all the famous Portuguese egg tart so out of the way?

It is said that the pastéis de nata were created by Catholic nuns at the Jerónimos Monastery and that Pastéis de Belém was the first place (and the only place with the original recipe) to sell these tarts after the monastery closed.   So this is the pilgrimage spot for foodies.. hence the long lineup to the end of the block!

Apart from the famous pastéis de nata, they also sell a variety of baked goods.

We ordered 4 tarts to-go and it came in a cute little paper tube-box!

pastéis de nata…. The tart was thin and baked till it’s golden brown and crispy. The filling leaned towards the custardy-side yet it wasn’t that thick and filling.

My taste buds were satisfied and I can check this off my to-eat-food-list!

Pastéis de Belém

Rua de Belem, 84 84, 1300-085 Lisboa, Portugal

100 Maneiras – Lisbon, Portugal

From Porto, we headed to Lisboa!

<@ Alfama, the oldest district in Lisbon>

While I was researching on Lisbon restaurants, 100 Maneiras  was recommended by a lot of people for it’s reasonably priced 10 course meal. It’s one of Lisbon’s most hyped and trendy restaurants.  About a month prior to arriving, I sent an email to the restaurant to reserve a table.

100 Maneiras is located in Barrio Alto, the city’s vibrant nightlife quarter with many restaurants, bars, clubs and traditional Fado houses.

The restaurant is small and cozy and the atmosphere was unpretentious.

The bread was served in a linen bag!

cod fish clothesline.. so innovative! The cod fish was dehydrated so it was crispy (like chips).  This presentation reminded me of the traditional apartments with clothelines hung on the balcony in the Alfama district. Apparently, this was where the chef drew his inspiration from.

gazpacho, dehydrated orange, comfit duck roll and plum sauce… reminded me of crispy spring roll!  Both the gazpacho and the roll had a tinge of spiciness..

marinated sardine, basil and tapenade toast, passion fruit picada… the passion fruit sauce went well with the sardine.

sautéed scallops, mashed peas, lime and bacon.. the scallops were fresh.. and the mashed peas went well with the bacon..

grilled pita with fresh salmon, avocado and lime… it was ok… but we weren’t expecting pita as a course!

sautéed fish of the day on a prawn and crab meat risotto…The risotto was a standout!! It had such a strong seafood taste without it tasting fishy and the risotto was al dente.

palate cleanser: mint and basil sorbet with champagne foam..

lamb tenderloin in a pistachio crust with aubergine and potato…  I don’t like lamb cause most of the time it tastes gamey but this was an exception!!!! The lamb had no gamey taste and was sooooooo tender! The chewy pistachio crust went well with the contrasting texture of the meat.

strawberries and champagne.. this was very refreshing..

fake cheesecake...This is a deconstructed cheesecake and it tasted heavenly!

The taste of this meal and presentation exceeded my expectations and 40 euros for this 10-course tasting menu… fantastic!!

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100 Maneiras

R. do Teixeira 35
1200 Lisboa, Portugal
210 990 475

Café Majestic – Porto, Portugal

Porto is such a charming city,with its hills, waterfront and also buildings with tiles on its façade.  

A must-visit for locals, tourists, artists and celebrities is Café Majestic.

Café Majestic was opened in 1921 (previously called the Café Élite) and was the meeting point of intellectuals, artists, writers and the bourgeoisie.  In recent times, an unknown writer by the name of J.K. Rowling spent many days at this café writing the first Harry Potter book.  

The café, with its Bell Epoque architecture and live piano music, allows its patrons to travel back in time to the golden years.

I was hot and sweaty from hiking up the hill so I ordered an iced-coffee.  Unfortunately, the coffee was watery.

My parents ordered an espresso.  I had a sip and the coffee had a strong flavourful taste.

The price isn’t too expensive (12 euros for 4 drinks) and it’s great place to rest your feet while enjoying the atmospheric surroundings.

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Café Majestic

112 Rua Santa Catarina
Porto, Portugal 4000-442
Tel: 351 222 003 887

Graham’s Port Lodge – Gaia, Portugal

We also went to Port tasting in Gaia at Graham’s Port Lodge.

Port wine is produced exclusively in the northern provinces of Portugal, near Porto, hence the name.

After the wine is produced, it’s stored and aged in barrels.

Port is a sweet red wine (typically a dessert wine).  I’m not a wine enthusiast so I can’t really tell the difference between late bottled vintage and 10 year old Tawny.

For 3 euros, you get a guided tour and 2 wine tastings!

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Graham’s Port Lodge

Rua Rei Ramiro 514 – 4400 Vila Nova de Gaia, Portugal

Tel: +351 22 377 64 84/85

Maison des Gateaux – Gaia, Portugal

We found a pastry shop a few doors down from the traditional café.

I had to go in to get some pastel de nata!

The Portuguese loves pastries so you’ll see pastry shops everywhere!

This  pastel de nata was less custard-y and not as sweet.  The crust was very crispy!

almond sticks..very flaky and crispy!

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Maison des Gateaux

Rua de Cândido dos Rei, 29s;  Gaia, Portugal