Lisbon Food Tour – Portugal on a Plate
Lisbon Food Tour – Portugal on a Plate
We kicked off our food tour with Portugal on a Plate with something sweet to awaken the senses. An aperitif (Favaios) is a local delight that certainly is packed full of a punch. But it was the perfect start to the tour, sending us all on our way a little jollier.
As we walked and talked through the streets of Bairro Alto we were given a brief walk through the history of the city. Our guide Hans provided us with some interesting facts along the way that certainly made the tour all the more interesting.
A sweet treat!
First on the agenda was the Pastel de Nata at the famous Fabrica de Pasteis de Nata.
If you haven’t tried this Portuguese dessert snack, then you’re in for a treat. Filled with a creamy centre wrapped in a thin cup of crispy pastry, it’s a sweet lovers dream & if anyone has read any of our other posts on Portugal, you will know how much we can’t stay away from these little beauties!
It’s said that the best Pastel’s can be found at Pasteis de Belem, just outside Lisbon, but the ones we tried, sure would give them a run for their money.
Nothing like starting with desserts!
Once the coffee hit and the pastry washed down, it was onwards to our next stop. CHEESE!
Now for someone who has been trying miserably to become vegan/veggie for quite some time now, it’s the cheese that gets me every time.
Embaixada Portuguese had laid out an inviting board of aromatic cheeses from cross Portugal, all served with a glass of Porto Caves Messias. These delicious cheeses (Requeijäo, Azeitäo and Alentajano), accompanied with tasty jams, were to die for. I won’t tell you which one was my favourite and I’ll let you decide for yourself!
As we sampled different foods from the region, wines from another and sweet delights from yet another region of Portugal, it was clear that the tour was offering more than just a taste of the city and exactly what the name implies…Portugal on a Plate (and in a glass, one might add).
With each dish we had a different drink that seemed to compliment the flavours. A nice touch to the tour that I haven’t quite found with other similar food tours.
A step back in time!
At Carapau de Corrida, we had the place to ourselves. This intimate space allowed us the opportunity to mingle with our group and really connect. It made all the difference having great company to eat and chat with.
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Here we sampled (carapau) preserved mackerel, drenched in a delightful sauce. Bolinhos de Alheira (Pork free smoked sausage) was also served be we never tried these ourselves. The latter dish was actually a dish invented in the XV century, as a way to bring less attention to the jews who refused to eat pork at that time.
An interesting & delicious dish to say the least.
Not only did we marvel at the wonderful flavours offered through the tour but we enjoyed very much a brief introduction of each dish, as well as some local knowledge on the wines of Portugal.
Fish are food, not friends!
Next up, we weaved our way in and out of the winding streets of Lisbon to make our way to Madragoa. The friendly staff at Petiscaria Mô filled our plates with mouth watering (polvo) octopus and (bacalhau) traditional Portuguese salted cod. To wash it all down, we sipped on refreshing Vinho Verde from northern Portugal.
We left feeling full to the brim in the most delightful way possible, wanting to explore more of this wonderful city. Luckily our tour did not end there and we had one last stop to make, at Tasca das Manas.
Leave the Best to Last!
At Tasca das Manas restaurant, owned by three sisters from Alentejo who have a passion for food, great ambience awaited us. We opened our meal with a traditional Portuguese snack – salted cod fish cakes,(Bolinhos de Bacalhau).
The flavours were excelled and it was cooked to perfection, washed down with some red wine from the centre of Portugal.
Whist we were all very much filled to our bellies, we simply had to leave some room for what was being served up next. Possibly the best dish of the night was yet to come in the form of seafood rice, (arroz de marisco).
The perfect blend of flavours, creamy wet rice, all cooked in an aromatic fish stock made this dish a winner for me.
This spectacular country and the culinary cuisine that accompanies it, are some of the many reasons we love living here. During our tour with Portugal on a Plate, we got a real opportunity to sample some of it’s finest.
For an up close and personal guide to not only Lisbon, but Portugal as a whole, we highly recommend this fantastic food tour with Portugal on a Plate. Thanks so much for having us POAP, and from our plate to yours all opinions are our own.
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