14 RESTAURANTS TO TASTE THE FLAVORS OF THE WORLD IN LISBON
As much as we like the typical Portuguese food - because we do, and we're the first to praise what Portugal has to offer - Lisbon is a cosmopolitan city that gathers not only the best of Portuguese cuisine, but the best of international cuisine as well.
How great is it to live in, or to visit, a city with such a diverse offer? In Lisbon, we find restaurants for all tastes, with ingredients from all over the world and flavors that take us on a journey to different countries. If you wish to visit another country or continent without leaving Lisbon, one of these restaurants may be the right choice.
*Fotografia: Jose Ruales
*Fotografia: Niklas Rhöse
If you don't want to focus on a single country and rather explore a whole continent - or several! - you'll be happy to know that Lisbon assembles several restaurants with diverse options, where it's possible to combine the flavors from different parts of the world for a rich and delicious experience. In this context, we leave the following suggestions:
MEAT FROM THE WORLD
In a place where there used to be only a butcher shop, there's now a restaurant where meats from the world gather to provide an unforgettable experience. Chef Kiko never lets us down and O Talho makes us want to return again and again, without regrets - we can't question the quality of each ingredient or the intimate environment that's felt.
Among several options on a menu of excellence, we recommend in particular O Tártaro d'O Talho (Steak tartare), certainly one of the best in Lisbon - it's not by chance that it has been on the menu since the opening (and we're thankful for that).
Address: Rua Carlos Testa 1B, 1050-046 Lisboa
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.
FLAVORS OF THE IBERIAN PENINSULA
The menu is divided into two sides - Portuguese and Spanish - and the Spanish side shows great Catalan influences. At Tapisco, from Chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, the best of the Iberian cuisine is celebrated and the best of both countries is shared.
At Tapisco the chats at the table, the laughs, the improvised debates and, of course, the friendship are celebrated. And that's exactly what makes Tapisco a restaurant of excellence. In addition to the wonderful, typical and savory dishes, the comfortable space takes the experience to a new level. Don't miss it, especially because it has a pretty wide schedule - there are no excuses!
Address: Rua Dom Pedro V 80, 1250-096 Lisboa
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
A MIX OF FLAVORS FROM ASIA
It's another restaurant where the kitchen is run by Chef Kiko, and we really couldn't leave it out of this list. O Asiático is inspired by a journey through Asia and it really makes us learn a little more about Asian culture, from Nepal to Japan. In Príncipe Real, the dishes show multiculturalism and richness.
With the promise that all ingredients are fresh and valued, O Asiático fascinates us on each visit, not only through the extraordinary flavors, but through the concept it shows and that's extended to the whole experience. A restaurant suitable for the fans of oriental cuisine, undoubtedly.
Address: Rua da Rosa 317, 1250-092 Lisboa
Hours: Every day, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday to Sunday, open from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. as well.
This unique restaurant leads us to make a trip through Asian countries through a surprising beverage menu and a passport with traditional dishes from 11 countries: Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Malaysia, Indonesia, Philippines, Korea, Japan, China and India.
At Boa-Bao, all dishes are created with fresh ingredients (some of them grown in the restaurant!) and made on time. The decoration, inspired by a Saigon canteen in the 1920s, perfectly matches the dishes that make the table more colorful and that arrive sided with curiosities that bring us closer to Eastern culture. You can't miss it!
Address: Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 30, 1200-369 Lisboa
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. Friday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 12.30 a.m.
*Fotografia: Jakub Kapusnak
On the other hand, there are restaurants in Lisbon that are dedicated to the gastronomy of a specific country, and that have thematic menus to offer to those who choose to eat there. A little all over the city, we went looking for these dais restaurants and found places that honor the typical dishes that we would find on an international trip. There are 46 places to discover in this article!
IN BOCCA AL LUPO
From the Italian roots and the memories of family moments making pizzas in a firewood oven, In Bocca Al Lupo is born, the first organic pizza place in Lisbon! The pizzas are delicious, you can't say otherwise. Its very thin crust, combined with the freshness and authenticity of the ingredients, make this space a mandatory stopping place for the lovers of Italian food.
All the ingredients are organic - yet another legacy of family habits - and many of them arrive directly from the producers. This fair relationship with those who produce the best ingredients is part of the identity of the restaurant, but it's also seen in the excellence of the flavors. In addition, they offer an inclusive menu, both with vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, but there's also meat. Genuinely concerned with people, with the ecological footprint and the example they give, they don't consider themselves a simple pizzeria: they're a project, a way of living, of making food and making people happy.
Address: Rua Manuel Bernardes 5ª, 1200-250 Lisboa
Hours: Wednesday to Monday, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m.
THE DARJEELING EXPRESS
This is a slightly different proposal, as The Darjeeling Express is not like the other traditional Indian restaurants due to its modern decoration and adjusted dishes - the food is not as spicy as in India and the spice is served separately, so it may be a good option for those who venture in the Indian cuisine world for the first time.
In spite of this, the influences from India are clearly present and everything is done as if it was homemade, so that the flavors are intense and the aromas are authentic.
Address: Rua João de Freitas Branco 21A, 1500-714 Lisboa
Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
EL BULO SOCIAL CLUB
The place where we used to find a warehouse was renovated to make way for four different rooms where the Latin American inspiration is notorious. In the heart of Marvila, El Bulo is an unassuming place to eat, snack, have a drink, watch a show, or simply watch a football game with friends. A project by Chef Chakall, this is a place with a strong personal imprint that couldn't be named any different: El Bulo is an Argentine expression used to mention home.
With a strong inspiration in the Chef's travels, visible both in the decoration and the dishes, El Bulo is just the perfect place to visit with time and relax with friends or family. Especially because, on Fridays and Saturdays, there's live music with Pedro André Bahia, the resident musician.
Address: Praça David Leandro da Silva 9A, 1950-064 Lisboa
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday, from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m. Friday, from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
ESTADOS UNIDOS DA AMÉRICA
In Campo de Ourique there's a small bagels' house that promises to bring a little bit of New York to Lisbon. The doughnut-shaped loaves that have spread throughout the world thanks to the Jews, are the result of a recipe that went from generation to generation and it's still cooked with detail by Raphael - the Raffi that names the place.
Raffi's Bagels menus are inspired by New York, and they're all created with the highest care and the most tasty ingredients. There's Manhattan, Central Park, Soho, Brooklyn and Chelsea, and each of them gathers a different set of ingredients. Besides these options, there's My Bagel that allows you to customize the bagel according to the ingredients available at the time.
Address: Rua Saraiva de Carvalho 120B, 1250-245 Lisboa
Contact: 21 405 5099 | https://www.facebook.com/RaffisBagels
Hours: Monday to Saturday, from 9.30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Typically American burgers and a place that perfectly matches the flavors. The options are infinite and Ground Burger even has vegetarian, turkey or chili burgers (the latter is only for the bravest), so this may be a great option for a meal with friends or family (both kids and grown-ups will love it!), with the particularity of having a set of artisanal beers to discover, and the real American donuts to taste for dessert.
There's no debate: Ground Burger is one of the restaurants that evoke the informality of the United States, mixing the fast-food concept with the quality of the best ingredients.
Address: Avenida António Augusto Aguiar 148A, 1050-021 Lisboa
Hours: Every day, from 11 a.m. to 12 a.m.
AJITAMA RAMEN BISTRO
The boomerang-shaped place is completely different from everything there ever was in Lisbon, and it's right to state that Ajitama Ramen Bistro is here to stay. And if the place has character, the ramen couldn't be any different.
Here, we taste the traditional ramen recipes, served in bowls. At Ajitama, ramen is made according to artisanal Japanese techniques and includes five elements: fat (animal or vegetable), broth, noodles, tare (a spice) and the toppings. Served very hot, the meal comforts our stomach and confirms what we suspect: Ajitama Ramen Bistro is the ramen restaurant you - necessarily - have to know, in Lisbon..
Address: Avenida Duque de Loulé 36, 1050-091 Lisboa
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and from 7.30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
HIKIDASHI – TABERNA JAPONESA
The name of the restaurant has two meanings: drawer and "things on flame". And whatever your interpretation is, you'll see that it perfectly relates to the place: first because Hikidashi is a small restaurant; second because the menu isn't limited to sushi and gathers several hot dishes cooked in a "Robatayaki", that's lit with Cuban flavored charcoal.
Regardless of your choice, quality and attention is guaranteed on each dish. Taste the sashimi made with toro (tuna belly), the miso soup and the "espetadas", and, for dessert, choose the green tea cheesecake with guava jam.
Address: Rua Coelho da Rocha 20, 1250-088 Lisboa
Contact: 21 395 5555 | https://www.facebook.com/hikidashilx/
Hours: De terça-feira a domingo, das 12h00 às 15h00 e das 20h00 à 00h00.
Open since August 2018, IZANAGI was designed by sushiman Daniel Rente and includes not only the typical - and delicious! - sushi, but some Japanese street foods and meals that a Japanese grandma would probably cook us, as well. Here, we share and snack, as we love to do, and chat throughout as if nothing else matters. Everything is always okay.
We suggest that you stay in the restaurant's main room, as you'll have an even more immersive experience. Since the kitchen is open, you can see all the cooking and all the techniques used in the preparation of your meal.
Address: Doca de Santo Amaro - Armazém 0, 1350-353 Lisboa
Contact: 910 851 920 | https://www.gruposushicafe.pt/pt/
Hours: Sunday to Thursday, from 12.30 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. Friday to Saturday, from 12.30 p.m. to 11.30 p.m.
The concept is quite simple: a dish of fresh mussels, accompanied by a good drink, in a relaxed and neat place. Moules&Beer is the place in Lisbon, in Campo de Ourique, that brings life to the mussel and sides it, as the name states, with beer.
The restaurant highlights Belgian cuisine and is proud of the quality of its ingredients, keeping what's genuine (both on the menu and in the place as a whole). Whether at lunch, for a snack or dinner with friends, with family or as work, Moules&Beer - the mussels' Mecca! - is the right choice for anyone who likes this typical dish.
Address: Rua 4 da Infantaria 29D, 1250-268 Lisboa
Hours: Every day, from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.
Small doses of typical Lebanese food is what MUITO Bey presents us, this is the restaurant in Lisbon that takes us on a trip to Beirut to stringently explore the traditional flavors. BEY is the acronym for Beirut airport, and "muito bem" (very well) is the Portuguese expression that Ezza, the owner, likes to hear the most - the name matches his Lebanese roots and his passion for Portugal.
Between cold dishes (like humus) or hot dishes (like the falafel - fried grain and beans meatballs), this is a restaurant to visit with time, to share dishes and conversations with those you like most.
Address: Rua da Moeda 8, 1200-275 Lisboa
Hours: Monday to Sunday, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m.