Category Archives: Portuguese

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.


Cervejaria Trindade

Rua Nova da Trindade 20
Lisbon, Portugal
213 423 506

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!!


100 Maneiras

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

Fernando’s – Macau

I’ve been to Macau 5 times and i haven’t been to Fernando’s.. what kind of foodie am i? haha.. so this time, we had to visit!

Fernando’s is situated all the way out in Hac Sa Beach in Coloane.. and it’s so worth the trek to have great traditional Portuguese food!

huge bread… but it wasn’t good cause hard and cold…….and the beer has holders!

nothing special about the salad..

grilled ribs… nothing amazing…. but the fries were really good.. it’s salted so there’s no need for ketchup (we asked for ketchup and the waitress said that the fries are good alone)

roasted suckling pig…AMAZING! crispy skin! and the meat was juicy and tender! no wonder people come out here just to have a taste of this!

grilled codfish….the Portuguese codfish is salted..and Fernando’s codfish is extremely salty.. which is why it comes with a lot of potatoes to even out the taste!

grilled sardines…. i have never seen a sardine that big before!  eating one is enough!

fernando’s certainly lives up to its hype… great food… excellent service..definitely worth the taxi ride out there!



9 Hac Sa Beach, Coloane Island, Macau

Tel: (853) 2888-2264

Clube Militar de Macau 陸軍俱樂部 – Hong Kong

finally got to visit this place! last time i went, it was fully booked… but this time, i made a reservation before hand!

the  bright pink colonial building, built in 1870 as a private recreation center for military officers, is  now opened for non-members to dine in their restaurant…

it’s an old-fashioned dining hall with tall ceilings, whirring ceiling fans, wooden chairs and floor…

and of course.. we ordered traditional Portuguese food…

appetizer … octopus Portuguese style (with mustard)….. i like this more than calamari because it’s pure octopus meat (and no deep-fried dough).. and the mustard brought out the octopus taste.

Traditional “Portuguese” duck rice…… i like! the rice is cooked to perfection (not soggy), not oily nor salty! and inside, there’s duck meat (but it was kinda dry)…

“ African ” chicken marinated with garlic, onion, chilli and coconut….. didn’t like it cause it was kinda spicy…  but my brother thought this was the best dish..

Chef’s special for Sunday…. pork leg…the meat was tender.. but the skin wasn’t crispy.. it was unbelievably tough!!

Portuguese cod fish…. my favourite dish!!! (look at the unique presentation! fish on top of the veges and potato.. and it’s perfectly circular!)  the fish was sorta baked?cause there was a crust on the top… interesting! and i like how the fish was paired with olive oil and black olives .. a different yet delicious taste!

kinda more expensive than the other Portuguese food in macau.. but it was worth it!


Clube Militar de Macau 陸軍俱樂部

Av, da Praia Grande 975

Tel: (853) 281 4009

Café Litoral 海灣咖啡屋 – Macau

another favourite restaurant of mine is Café Litoral (海灣咖啡屋) and yes. it’s in taipa!

In the past, the “best” place for Macanese/Portuguese is Cozinha Pinocchio (木偶葡國餐廳).. but now, it’s overrated and is a tourist trap…  the place locals would go to for Macanese/Portuguese is Café Litoral…

and some notable dishes:

clams with white wine sauce!!!!! this is really good… the clams were very sweet (not fishey), the sauce further accentuates the sweetness and there were a lot of clams!

curry chicken…. not a big fan of curry.. but this is my dad’s favourite dish @ litoral

braised oxtail in red wine sauce…. this is my favourite dish @ litoral… the oxtail is braised until it’s extremely soft..and the sauce is so strong and tasty that i can finish a bowl of rice!

baked porkchop rice…. another one of litoral’s famous dishes…  the rice is fried first with egg and then baked… so the rice isn’t soggy! but i think the tomato sauce is a bit too sour…

Café Litoral is a good find… unpretentious restaurant with good service, excellent food and relatively cheap price (around 60 mop for an entree)..


Café Litoral 海灣咖啡屋
Rua Do Regedor, Bloco 4
Wai Chin Kok, Nos 53-57
Taipa, Macau
Tel: +853 2882 5255