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’s 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.

El Clandestino
@ TrenDestination
El Clandestino
Homemade totopos w/ fresh sauce @ TrenDestination

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

El Clandestino
Crunchy tuna tostada w/ sweet cucumber spaghetti, purple onion & chipotle mayo @ TrenDestination

For the mains, the cow tongue taco (yes, cow tongue) is really yum as well as the Pacific white fish and mango ceviche.

El Clandestino
Cow tongue taco @ TrenDestination
El Clandestino
White fish & mango ceviche @ TrenDestination

We still can taste in our mouths 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. A plus for the smiling and professional staff, the impressive fast service and the cozy rustic atmosphere.

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El Clandestino
Churros garden dessert @ TrenDestination
El Clandestino
Shantytown Vidigal by the artist Bete Marques @ TrenDestination

Mock our words: El Clandestino will be one of THE restaurants to go in 2016. It ticks all the boxes.

Don’t miss: ohh the Margaritas! We’d say some of the best we’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 our list: the Jalapeñerita!

El Clandestino
Triple Citrus and Basil & Strawberry margaritas @ TrenDestination

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

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