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 we’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:
#1. 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 us, 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.
#2. Bastardo (15,00€)
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!
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#3. Rosa da Rua (12,00€)
In this hidden gem in Bairro Alto and you won’t believe how well-cooked and tasteful the food is. Our 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.
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#4. 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. Our hot tip in case you have company is to 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, thai 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.
#5. TOPO (14,00€)
Up for a lunch with a view? This is the place. In our last article about TOPO, we said that it was one of the coolest discoveries so far in 2016 and we 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.