16 High New (and New-Ish) Eating places

There’s by no means been a greater time to eat in and round Lisbon. After I arrived six years in the past, there was some wonderful meals—and a brand new wave of cooks working to place Portuguese substances and traditions within the highlight—however frankly not all that a lot selection. Now not. And this only a snapshot. Up to now 12 months or so, the town welcomed newcomers (listed right here alphabetically) specializing in Goan, Brazilian, vegetarian, Chinese language, Italian, an entire lot of wonderful Japanese, and a few very nicely executed surrealism.

Aura Dim Sum

The one place in Lisbon for correct dim sum, Aura Dim Sum Lab (because it was then identified) developed a cult following virtually as quickly because it arrived in Portugal, in 2019. (Brazilian chef Cristina Goya and her Spanish accomplice, Jose Luís Suárez, tried it first in Bahia.) Goya’s backstory is lengthy—together with coaching with a London dim sum grasp who’s so particular he can’t be named, after which studying Chinese language to check with his grasp in Singapore—however the outcomes are so good that the enterprise shortly outgrow its authentic bricks and mortar location and reopened this summer time in a brand new house that’s greater than twice the dimensions. There’s now a kitchen ten of 10 (for a 38-seat restaurant!) making ready each dough, filling and sauce for the steamed, fried and pan-fried dumplings, shumai, wontons and bao, plus Asian salads and Vietnamese specialties.

Casa Reîa

With its attractive location on the seashore south of Lisbon in Caparica, spectacular design, yoga programming, life-style boutique and total vibe, Casa Reîa may in all probability get by on its attractiveness alone. However the meals can be value a visit. There are three cooks, Brazilian grill grasp Dário Costa, Israeli nutritionist and “vegetable & fruit advocate” Udi Barkan, and Brazilian chef Pedro Lima, who runs the busy kitchen. The menu ranges from Mediterranean-style salads resembling zucchini baba ganoush with mint and raspberries, to easily grilled fish and meats, to signature fire-roasted dishes like seafood rice, and carrots with yogurt sauce, cilantro seed pesto, citrus and pistachios.


When the unique Ceia opened almost 5 years in the past, it was forward of its time. Now, after a break of some years, the idea is again on the lengthy desk on the Santa Clara 1728 lodge, with a brand new chef. Diogo Caetano handed via the kitchens of a few of Spain’s and Portugal’s high cooks, then made a reputation for himself in Estonia—maybe that’s why a Nordic accent typically reveals up his cooking. Whereas Ceia means “supper” in Portuguese, the expertise right here is extra like a global feast, with 14 friends round a single desk, and a menu that goals to take them on a culinary journey via all of Portugal, from the ocean to the mountains.


Lisbon is getting higher for vegetarians by the day, nevertheless it nonetheless made an announcement when certainly one of Portugal’s finest and most well-known cooks went all-in on a plant-based restaurant. Within the intimate, well-lit dining room (the previous dwelling of Belcanto, Avillez’s two Michelin star restaurant), servers convey out a well-paced tasting menu with 12 “moments” based mostly on legumes, leaves, seeds, algae, mushrooms, flowers, fruit, eggs and cheeses that change (in fact) with the seasons. The opening menu featured dishes which can be colourful, textured and typically wealthy, both visually, as within the gold and hummus egg, or flavorfully, as in confit egg yolk with Jerusalem artichoke, bean broth and truffle.

Go A Lisboa

Dynamic chef Inga Martin reinvented the rooftop at Casa da Goa (Lisbon’s Goan cultural heart), an area that by no means fairly lived as much as its potential. She’s devised an all-day menu that ranges from eggs Benedict within the morning to octopus with harissa and beetroot hummus within the night. (She loves pink.) She consulted with Goan cooks to develop that a part of the menu, together with vegetarian samosas and shrimp curry with coconut and spices. However the place shouldn’t be solely concerning the meals. There are yoga courses some mornings, and a welcoming design that encourages lounging (couches and hammock-y areas), plus a inventive cocktail menu and itinerate DJs. The indoor restaurant is about to open this autumn.


A bit greater than a 12 months in, chef Tiago Penão’s first restaurant within the Lisbon suburb of Cascais is nailing the Japanese counter-dining expertise. Kappo provides a form of an kaiseki menu, with sublimely easy displays of sushi and different Japanese classics, however they’re served in a relaxed approach that encourages interplay and mirror his time within the kitchens of classical French cooks and the mad world of Albert Adrià in Spain. There’s an à la carte menu, however the higher expertise is the tasting menu, with its eight small plates which can be designed round nature and seasonality. Phrase has it that Izakaya, Penão’s new Japanese road meals speakeasy down the road, is a must-try.

Liberta Kitchen

The employees uniform at this “unconventional Italian” restaurant is a T-shirt that reveals an upraised hand holding an artichoke as if it had been some form of revolutionary banner. The very first thing you see upon getting into the house is an upside-down wheat subject suspended from the ceiling. That ought to inform you that they’re severe about not taking themselves too critically. Besides the place it issues: Italian chef Silvio Armanni, who spent eight years cooking and earned a Michelin star in Asia, hand-makes the recent pasta for dishes like cavatelli ai fruitti di mare (seafood pasta) and imports only-in-Italy merchandise like Modena DOP balsamic vinegar. And if the take a look at of an Italian restaurant is its spaghetti pomodoro, this one undoubtedly passes.

O Jardim—Senhor Lisboa

Though his new venture shouldn’t be a vegetarian restaurant, chef Pedro de Sousa says he’s celebrating “the extra attractive facet of greens,” giving them a starring position even in lots of dishes that additionally embrace meat. A standout is the dish known as Confronto do Mar ao Mar (“confrontation from the ocean to the backyard”—each dish will get a playful identify), kombu flatbread, semi-dried ox coronary heart tomatoes, flowers from the restaurant’s personal backyard and mussels. That backyard is an particularly pretty place to dine, as is the indoor house, with its exuberantly painted partitions and crops hanging from the ceiling.

Omakase Ri

Lisbon’s first correct omakase (chef’s alternative sushi) restaurant, Omakase Ri opened this summer time with a seven-seat eating counter. Brazilian-born and -trained chef Will Vargas will get most of his fish from Lisbon’s finest seafood market, imports a couple of particular sorts of tuna from Tokyo, ages a few of it (making it surprisingly melt-in-your-mouth scrumptious), and makes use of solely noble Koshihikari rice from the Toyama prefecture of Japan. Additionally notable are the weird, ever-changing collection of sakes, which may also be loved in a meals pairing.

Palácio do Grilo

Not like any restaurant I’ve been to in Lisbon, or anyplace on the planet, Palácio do Grilo serves surrealism as the primary course. A challenge of Parisian theater director Julien Labrousse, the restaurant occupies an 18th-century palace in certainly one of Lisbon’s trendiest derelict neighborhoods. The meals is okay. You eat it; it tastes good; you go dwelling happy. However in case you’re targeted on the burrata, you’re lacking the purpose. A rotating forged of efficiency artists wander via the house, possibly dancing inside a shroud, typing on a classic typewriter with plastic arms, or enacting some form of shell recreation (however with wine!) whereas carrying Victorian gown. In lesser arms, or in a much less attractive house, it may have fallen into kitsch, however right here it really works.


Chef Vitor Adão made his identify in Lisbon with Plano, his fire-cooking restaurant that reveals off his approach with creative tasting menus. Throughout city, the brand new spin-off, Planto, is much less elaborate, the type of place you may simply pop into for a snack. Or breakfast or a cocktail, because it’s open from early till late. There’s the standard brunch fare, like pancakes and avocado toast, but in addition extra uncommon—however not difficult—dishes like amberjack ceviche with leche de tigre, candy potato, avocado and peanuts, and chickpeas with tahini, burrata, two sorts of pumpkin, coconut, honey and olive oil. Barman Hutnyk Kostiantyn received a number of bartending competitions in Ukraine, and his cocktails listed here are excellent, together with one of the best Bloody Mary I’ve had in Lisbon.

Restaurante Pica-Pau

Sincere cooking is what’s on the menu at this deceptively simple spot from prolific chef Luís Gaspar. However easy shouldn’t be straightforward, and the kitchen group pull it off with tip-top-quality substances, achieved approach and a want to pay homage to their grandmothers. There aren’t any reinventions, deconstructions or reinterpretations right here, As an alternative, there are petiscos like octopus salad and cockles with garlic and cilantro and essential dishes like bacalhau à bras (salted cod with eggs and potatoes) and roasted octopus. The 12€ dish of the day is among the finest weekday lunch offers on the town.

Soão—Taberna Asiática

Soão has been certainly one of Lisbon’s high Asian eating places because it opened 4 years in the past, nevertheless it obtained a recent infusion of vitality as soon as chef João Francisco Duarte settled into the highest job. Duarte, who labored on the wildly influential Bica do Sapato, beside Pedro Almeida (the pioneer of Lisbon sushi) at Midori and at Sushi Samba in London, saved plenty of the classics on the menu, such because the curried goat samosas and the lobster and shrimp dumplings, however put his personal stamp on issues. A standout among the many new dishes is sizzling pot of cockles steamed in sake and paired with a really Portuguese escabeche of crimson onion and cilantro. There’s additionally an excellent collection of traditional and revolutionary sushi and sashimi, together with an providing of braised crimson mullet seasons with a mayonnaise product of that very same fish’s liver, and one other of grilled razor clam with bulhão pato (garlic and cilantro) sauce.

Tasca Baldracca

Easy, trustworthy and enjoyable would possibly as nicely be the motto of this small restaurant on certainly one of Lisbon’s most occurring streets. Brazilian chef Pedro Monteiro is a part of the influential collective New Youngsters on the Block, and right here he’s out to current typical Portuguese tasca (tavern, form of) fare with top-quality substances and approach, and a Brazilian accent. Together with cooks Octavio Delmonte and Bruno Gama, Monteiro, he presents an ever-changing, menu with dishes like beef tartare with anchovies, mayonnaise, and mustard; crispy-skin piglet with pickled fennel and orange; and tongue escabeche. Native press has known as it the little brother of the phenomenally (and deservedly) fashionable O Velho Eurico down the road, nevertheless it’s greater than that.


Pure wines and natural, seasonal, native meals are in every single place in Lisbon (and far of the world) in the mean time, however Tricky’s units itself aside with its collection of uncommon, principally non-Portuguese bottles—accomplice Jenifer Duke owns the wine store Insurgent Insurgent—additionally its rejection of these simplistic labels. (Or so they told Time Out Lisboa, which definitely makes my job more durable.) Chef João Magalhães Correia (ex-Água pela Barba) and his kitchen group prove a playful, inventive delicacies (that belies severe approach) that features plates like amberjack with a kombucha of wheat milk, strawberries and mint, all ready in an open kitchen within the heart of the room that makes them the celebrities of the present. There are about ten plates on the menu at any time, all designed to be shared, and dancing is inspired after dinner.

Honorable Point out: Ninho

It’s not likely a restaurant—you must pay an annual membership payment to dine right here. However for individuals who’re in Lisbon longer-term, Ninho is the town’s first clubhouse for creatives and entrepreneurs. It combines one of the best of a member’s membership with the benefit of a cowork house and the playfulness of a swimming pool and backyard oasis. Chef Hugo Dias de Castro is liable for the all-day menu of yummy, received’t-weigh-you-down meals on the poolside bar, and can oversee the restaurant when the complete house opens later this 12 months. The pleasant employees memorize your preferences after your first go to.

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