Praça de Espanha / 15 €
D. Rodrigo Salgado, Iberian Pig Carrilhada
Bank card, Cash
Walking down Marquês Sá da Bandeira Street, you barely notice it, but it’s there, the restaurant “Luzboa”, hidden in plain site in and area close to Praça de Espanha. This welcoming little restaurant brings us to some of the most traditional and tasty portuguese tapas, heavily influenced by the Algarve region.
Inside, you’ll find a juxtaposition of homey and modern, with walls covered in different dishes and cutlery, paintings and tiles, and a menu handwritten on a school notebook, complete with kitchen utensils scribbles. Outside, there’s a nice esplanade, complete with a cover, heating and blankets for the winter.
But let’s get to what really matters- the food. There are several seafood, fish and meat dishes, meaning anyone can leave satisfied. I would recommend the prawns with garlic, the tuna carpaccio and most definitely the D. Rodrigo Salgado (wonderful alheira croquettes) and the iberian pig carrilhada. Vegetarians and vegans need not leave hungry, with options like asparagus with eggs or sauteed mushrooms.
To end on a high note, give the desserts a try – there’s, for instance, chocolate mousse, custard or red fruits Pavlova – you can thank me later.
So, if you’re over the endlessly busy Baixa/Chiado area restaurants and are in the mood for a calmer but eclectic environment – there are couples, groups of friends and even people alone of all age ranges – complete with a very friendly price, “Luzboa” is the place for you.