FÁBRICA BRAÇO DE PRATA
Braço de Prata / 12 €
gratin pumpkin salad, pork tenderloin with garlic and lemon
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Fábrica do Braço de Prata, which was once a war material factory, is not a common place. In their website you can read that no one is really able to say what they are, and I agree. It is like a box of surprises, each one different from the other. Fábrica do Braço de Prata is a restaurant, a concert hall, bookstore, exhibitions venue, a store for vintage clothes and jewelry, a bar and a place for street art. Each of the twelve – yeah, you read right – twelve rooms can be transformed and become one of the above.
The restaurant serves dinners in the room next to the bar, but you can also eat in the other rooms, for example, if you book a group dinner. Each week – from Wednesday to Friday – the menu changes. It includes the special menu of the night, that costs between 7.5 and 9 euros, and includes soup, main dish – for example, assorted grilled meats with salad and rice – and a glass of wine or other drink. There is also the snacks menu, with hot or cold options, in three different sizes, that can be combined in trios that make the “Trouxa”. In this menu, depending on the offers of the day, you can find a cheese board, smoked salmon tartine with cucumber zest or pork fillets with lemon and garlic, for example.
For vegetarians and vegans, there are some options in the snacks menu, that vary every week, properly identified – VG for vegan dish and V for vegetarian dish. You can find, for example, hummus with sweet potato and strips of carrot and celery (VG) or salad of gratinated pumpkin, nuts and parmesan cheese in cider vinaigrette (V).
Depending on the day of the week, it is easy to find a table to have dinner, but as the night falls the place starts to be very busy. Probably because around 10pm the concerts and tertulias begin. When arriving at the factory don’t forget to enjoy the urban art that covers the walls around the parking lot. Make the most of what I’m sure will be a very interesting night!