Sometimes we just want great food during our lunch time.
How many times you’ve wondered around in Lisbon downtown looking for a restaurant with high quality food and a nice relaxed atmosphere, without necessarily paying much, away from the crowds and far from being a tourist trap? Cheers to that.
That is why I’ve decided to share with you 5 high-quality lunch menus up to 15,00€ right in the centre of Lisbon. They’re usually served from Monday to Friday, perfect for a break from your annoying colleague in the office, a catch up with your long-time-no-see-aka-since-college friend, that business meeting you’ve been rescheduling forever, a pause in your visit to the city or simply because you deserve good food. Check them below:
Faz Gostos (15,00€)
It’s known for its cuisine from the Algarve region, featuring fresh fish and rice dishes. With a low profile ambiance, all in white and blue, which might at a first glance look too formal, but trust me, once you start eating, you’ll forget any possible awkwardness. The menu includes couvert (Mafra bread with a beautiful olive oil), starter (1 of 2 options), main (1 of 2 options), dessert (1 of 3 options), drink and coffee – pretty much everything you need to feel you don’t deserve to work afterwards. The champions are definitely their close-to-perfection Tender meat pastries – see for yourself below.
Hummm, how should I describe my absolute passion for this restaurant? I love bold places and this is definitely one of them. From Monday to Friday, they have a specific daily dish ranging from duck rice, to codfish or octopus, among others. The menu also includes couvert (put a pause on your diet for the violet butter – unmissable!), dessert and a glass of house wine or water. In case you want to spend less than 15,00€, you’re not feeling the dish of the day and you couldn’t care less about meat, go for their amazing Tomato soup with poached egg, fried bread and coriander pesto (5,00€) or the butternut squash risotto with spinach, goji and truffle oil (9,00€) – both simply to die for! The portions of the last two together are quite big and are more than enough if you order 1 of each for 2 persons and divide them. Note that the Tomato soup is usually served during dinner but ask gently and you might get lucky!
Rosa da Rua (12,00€)
This hidden gem in Bairro Alto was introduced to me by a good friend of mine and you won’t believe how well-cooked and tasteful the food is. My recommendation goes specifically to the Portuguese Stew (Cozido à Portuguesa) buffet which is only served on Wednesdays and Saturdays at lunch. This dish is a no-liar type. The ingredients are individually presented and can’t be hidden behind magic sauces or shredded stuff. They have a distinct variety offer ranging from steamed turnip, quince, potato, boiled legumes and beans as well as all kind of meats and sausages. During the rest of the week, they have a normal Portuguese buffet for 10,00€, with dessert included.
Italian Burger & Lobster House (12,00€)
Lobster for 15,00€?! Yeah, right. Focus on the meat, ok? This place has some of the best burger combinations Lisbon ever tasted and in terms of price / quantity, it’s unbeatable. Especially with this new underrated vague of burger houses charging you for a tomato slice, this place is a breath of fresh air. They actually don’t have a set lunch menu but do the math: grissini costing 1,10€ + burger as from 5,95€ + dessert starting at 2,50€ + glass of wine for 2,45€ = 12,00€. And if you decide to skip dessert, those 2,50€ go to a more swagger burger. My hot tip is, in case you have company, order 2 burgers and divide them. The Modena and the Sicília are simply to die (and kill) for. The best part is that every burger comes with 2 side dishes: salad, mushroom or pesto risotto, Thay rice or French fries. Another hot tip: order 4 different sides since the portions are quite large and you get to try a bit of everything.
Up for a lunch with a view? This is the place. In my last post, I said that TOPO was one of the coolest discoveries so far in 2016 and I recommended the lunch time to pay them a visit, now you know why. They have different day-to-day menus including starter, main course, dessert, drink (house wine, beer, soft drink or water) and coffee – pretty good ahn? You can check them on their facebook page since they’re posted daily. Recommended to make a reservation.
Feel free to ask more about each option – there is so much more to say about them!
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