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Portuguese cheeses may not be the mot popular outside the borders of this tiny country but they are worth a try and “Queijaria Nacional” is the spot to do so. Located on the way up to the castle, it’s in one of those places that couldn’t be more “Lisbon”.
You walk inside and national products line the walls. There is even Bordallo Pinheiro pottery everywhere. I went to the back room, a cozy space from where you can still see the tram passing by. The menu has options like sandwiches - of several different cheeses, with or without ham -, cheese boards, portuguese sausage boards, or a mix of both; cheeses individually and preserves.
I tried the cheese board and it was quite exquisite. There were 4 different cheeses -serra da estrela, goat’s cheese from Castelo Branco, goat’s cheese with oregano from Alentejo and a cured sheep’s cheese-, accompanied by tomato jam, a paprika mustard and a mushroom chutney. All these different elements complemented each other making for a very good experience. To complete the experience, I had a bread basket which had specimens from all over the country.
Of course, all of this (wine, olive oil, cheese, bread, ham), you can just get to go and enjoy in the comfort of your own home. From 17h to 19h, it’s happy hour, which means a free glass of wine with your cheese- all the more reason you try go to “Queijaria Nacional”.