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El Clandestino | Top 3 Mexican & Peruvian restaurants in Lisbon

El Clandestino

El Clandestino was the biggest surprise of January 2016! We were losing hope because it took forever for them to pick up the phone and confirm availability (on a Saturday night) and since it has a great location just between Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real it is a challenge to get a reservation, so book it in advance.

It opened last November and its concept goes around Mexican and Peruvian cuisines meaning Tacos and Ceviches.

Welcome to El Clandestino Source: Quintessential Portugal
Welcome to El Clandestino
Source: Quintessential Portugal

The dishes are meant to share and my recommendations would go to the Crunchy tuna tostada with sweet cucumber spaghetti, purple onion and chipotle mayo, for starter.

Crunchy tuna tostada with sweet cucumber spaghetti, purple onion and chipotle mayo Source: Quintessential Portugal
Crunchy tuna tostada with sweet cucumber spaghetti, purple onion and chipotle mayo
Source: Quintessential Portugal

Their couvert with the dip fresh sauces and the homemade Totopos is just unmissable. Continue reading El Clandestino | Top 3 Mexican & Peruvian restaurants in Lisbon

Cevicheria | Top 3 Mexican & Peruvian restaurants in Lisbon

A Cevicheria 

Chef Kiko Martins has a principle that I admire and share too which is: the most important in the kitchen is people. And this restaurant fits that purpose perfectly – it’s fully packed everyday!

A Cevicheria
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With a premium location in Príncipe Real, the big octopus inside is the ultimate decoy to attract the ones passing by. Continue reading Cevicheria | Top 3 Mexican & Peruvian restaurants in Lisbon

Las Ficheras | Top 3 Mexican & Peruvian restaurants in Lisbon

Las Ficheras

Located in the vibrant area of Cais do Sodré, this restaurant reminds me of a mexican cabaret although I’ve never been in one in my life. Perhaps due to the low-medium light and rustic woody decor.

Las Ficheras
Las Ficheras @ TrenDestination

Bear in mind that there are two shifts on Fridays and Saturdays running from 8:00pm to 10:00pm and from 10:30pm to 2:00am, so if you’re driving, save some time to find a spot to park your car. Continue reading Las Ficheras | Top 3 Mexican & Peruvian restaurants in Lisbon

The Old House | Top 3 best Lisbon restaurants of 2015

The Old House

Having lived in Asia and due to my family roots, I am a huge fan of bold and authentic flavors!

This restaurant opened in July, in Nations Park area (15 minutes driving from Lisbon downtown) and immediately was included in my have-to-try restaurant list. It was actually during my Mom’s birthday that I had the chance to get to know this place for the first time.

The cuisine is from the Chinese region of Sichuan and please be prepared to get your mouth heated!I would say that even with different levels of chili (chosen by you), you have to be into spices somehow, otherwise you will not fancy this restaurant.

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Sala de Corte | Top 3 best Lisbon restaurants of 2015

Sala de Corte

This restaurant was what I called a remarkable admirable surprise. I went for an early and quick dinner and ended up loving every moment and wishing to come back again! It is centrally located in the downtown, more specifically in Cais do Sodré.

It is definitely for meat lovers and the menu is easy to read and choose from: pick your meat cut, type of sauce and side dishes.

Sala de Corte
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