Campo de Ourique / 13 €
dish of the season, stuffed cheek croquettes, bread soup of roasted peppers and pennyroyal
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Let me cut to the chase: Pigmeu is one of my favorite places to eat in Lisbon. We first met during the STREAT Food Festival where I tasted one of its quintessential pernil sandwiches. It was curiosity that led me to Campo de Ourique, where I was kindly welcomed by its staff to their cute space aptly decorated with references to the King, the Pig. Currently, the main focus of their menu are the delicious pig sandwiches - the hard part is choosing among their endless options.
I liked their sandwiches but I loved everything else the menu had to offer. Their homemade bread along with butter with fat, garlic and herbs, as well as their croquettes of steamed cheek, were a perfect way to kick off the meal. The season’s dish I had - Medalhões de cachaço com açorda de pimento assado e poejo - was fantastic. The meat was perfectly seasoned (cooked in low temperatures for 6 hours) and the açorda the best I’ve ever had.
I drank their craft beer which was developed with the craft beer brand Mártir. This light and tasty drink was a worthy companion for the meal. They also had other drinks which sparked some interest, classic cocktails reimagined with portuguese products: A caipirinha made with spirit from Madeira’s sugar cane, a gin distilled in Alentejo, are a few of the examples.
Pigmeu will be closed during late August and will reopen in September with lots of surprises in their menu. I guess I have a reason to come back, will you join me?