Carne de Porco à Alentejana
If you’re a meat lover, this traditional Portuguese dish is not to be missed. Carne de Porco à Alentejana is one of the most traditional (and widely popular) pork dishes in all of Portugal. However, don’t let the name fool you – this dish actually originates from the Algarve region.
The key to Carne de Porco à Alentejana is in the slow cooking, where pork is marinated for around four hours with coriander, garlic, wine and paprika, and then fried alongside clams and served with baked potato. One of the best restaurants to try Carne de Porco à Alentejana at is Restaurante João do Grão in the heart of Lisbon, which is a small, family-run restaurant founded by a husband and wife duo of Galician origin. Tuck in at Restaurante João do Grão and the delicious dish will be served with black olives, pickles and celery.
Restaurante João do Grão – R. dos Correeiros 222, 1100 Lisboa, Portugal
Pasteis de Nata
If you visit Lisbon and don’t try a custard tart, you’ve done it all wrong. First made by monks at Mosteiro dos Jerónimos back in the 18th century, Pasteis de Nata are one of Portugal’s most loved sweet treats. Surrounded by a crumbly and buttery pastry, rich and eggy set custard is topped with crispy, caramelized sugar. Some of Lisbon’s finest Pasteis de Nata can be sampled at Pastelaria Aloma, Pastelaria Versailles and Chique de Belém, which all serve fresh and tasty tarts to locals, day in, day out. If you visit Pastelaria Aloma, make sure to try their almond pie too – it’s absolutely divine.
Pastelaria Aloma – R. Francisco Metrass 67, 1350 Lisboa, Portugal / Pastelaria Versailles – Av. da República 15A, 1050-185 Lisboa, Portugal / Chique de Belém – Rua Da Junqueira 524, 1300-341 Lisboa, Portugal
Translated simply in Portuguese, Bacalhau means ‘cod’. And in Portuguese cooking, the humble white fish is featured heavily, being serving in a variety of ways including bacalhau fresco (fresh cod) and Bacalhau à Brás (Portuguese salt cod). When in Lisbon, you must try the latter – Bacalhau à Brás is Portugal’s answer to comfort food and sees salt cod mixed with scrambled egg, olives and potato matchsticks. To sample a wealth of fantastic salt cod dishes in Lisbon, head to Restaurante A Casa do Bacalhau. Here you can enjoy the likes of cod carpaccio, cod soup, cod cannelloni and curried cod. It really cannot be missed.
Restaurante A Casa do Bacalhau – Rua do Grilo 54, 1900-706 Lisboa, Portugal
Queijo da Serra da Estrela
Not strictly a dish, this beautiful cheese is a must-eat when in Portugal. Queijo Serra da Estrela is a cheese made from sheep’s milk in the mountainous region of Serra da Estrela and has a deep, intense flavour and a distinctive yellow colour. For a cheese feast in Lisbon head to Queijaria, a modern cheese shop and bar, which has the best selection of both Portuguese and international cheeses around.
Queijaria – Rua das Flores, 64 1200-195 Lisboa
Is there anything that goes better with cheese than wine? Portugal is renowned for its wine and for very good reason. The country’s sunshine, fertile soils and 250 plus indigenous grape varieties provide the perfect climate for a great glass. Although there’s a huge variety of wine on offer in the country, wine and port from the Douro and Alentejo regions is a must-drink. For a great introduction to Portuguese wine in Lisbon, we recommend you try a tasting experience at Venha Vinho, where visitors are guided through the regions’ best offerings. There, you can also book a six-course wine dinner for just 65 Euros per person. We’ll drink to that!
Venha Vinho – Tv. Bica Grande 4, 1200-060, Portugal
Angelica Malin is Editor-in-Chief at About Time Magazine. A 25-year old entrepreneur with a serious passion for nut butters and discovering the London foodie scene. Business, brunch, belief that time is how you spend your love. Follow her on Twitter @jellymalin