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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.

Homemade totopos with fresh sauces Source: Quintessential Portugal
Homemade totopos with fresh sauces
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For the mains, the Cow tongue taco (yes, cow tongue) is really yum as well as the Pacific white fish and mango ceviche.

Cow tongue taco Source: Quintessential Portugal
Cow tongue taco
Source: Quintessential Portugal
Pacific white fish and mango ceviche
Source: Quintessential Portugal

I still can taste in my mind the fantastic combination of crispiness and lovely soft batter of the Churros Garden dessert. When ordering it, ask for an extra churros supplement since originally it only comes with 6 small ones and because the jar contains a lot of dulce de leche and lime mousse foam for you to dip in, you’ll be licking your fingers until the next day.

Churros Garden dessert Source: Quintessential Portugal
Churros Garden dessert
Source: Quintessential Portugal

A plus for the smiling and professional staff, the impressive fast service and the cozy rustic atmosphere.

Shantytown Vidigal by the artist Bete Marques Source: Quintessential Portugal
Shantytown Vidigal by the artist Bete Marques
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Mock my words: El Clandestino will be one of THE restaurants to go in 2016. It ticks all the boxes.


Don’t miss: ohh the Margaritas! I would say some of the best I’ve drank so far with loads of authenticity and boldness. The Basil & Strawberry flavor is good but go also for the Triple Citrus with a strong citrus flavor (with orange, lime and lemon!). Next time on my list: the Jalapeñerita!

Triple Citrus and Basil & Strawberry margaritas Source: Quintessential Portugal
Triple Citrus and Basil & Strawberry margaritas
Source: Quintessential Portugal

Hot tip: Go for a late dinner since it closes only at 2:00am and is located right in the entrance of the famous nightlife neighborhoods Bairro Alto and Príncipe Real. And if you intend to do it mexican way throughout the night, move on to Mezcal in Bairro Alto – just ask, everybody knows where the Mexican institution is. If you’re the type who loves chit chat with the bar owners, don’t lose the opportunity to do it with Manel Fradique – a gentleman expert in Mexican drinks.

More info:
El Clandestino Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Average price: 17,00€ – 20,00€ per person (excluding drinks)
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Contact: (+351) 915 035 553
Address: Rua da Rosa 321, 1200-386, Lisboa
Opened everyday from 7:30pm to 2:00am


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