Gastronomy experts, take note!

Aug 12th, 2001, 04:39 PM
Judy Ryan
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Gastronomy experts, take note!

I will be in Portugal in Setember. Any suggestions as to good/charming places to eat in Rossio Square, Lisbon, will be having 2 lunches and 3 dinners in Evora, and choosing a place for lunch in Estremoz?
Also, I will have a morning free in Lisbon--any ideas about museums? the 25th. of April Bridge? Praco do Comercio? First trip, so need input. Thank you.
Aug 13th, 2001, 06:45 AM
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Hello! Let me give you some tips.
In rossio square, there are no good restaurants, only a good coffe shop, named Suiça.
In the Colesseum street ( street of Portas de santo Antão ) there are some restaurants, but more turistic style. Along the referred street, you´ll find an elevator ( Elevador do Lavra ), and right on the side you have a good restaurant ( Solar dos Presuntos ).The Castel of st. George, also have a restaurant, more charming but quite expensive . The chef is one of the best in Portugal.
If you feel more likely for a "day in the park", you can go to the expo'98 area ( subway - Oriente ), and there you have a oceanarium, a shopping mall with good restaurants in the 4th floor, the vasco da gama tower ( with extraordinary views, and the most expensive restaurant in lisbon.
If you prefer to go to cascais, there are also good restaurants ( sea food ).
Free morning - well, that depends on your preferences, and your mobility.Post here something for this two ones. I suppose you like to eat !!! ( you´re my kind ) do you know what you may find ? if not post something here.
Aug 13th, 2001, 07:12 AM
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almost forgot...In Evora, try restaurant named Fialho - it´s fantastic -.
Alentejo gastronomy, is fantastic. Alentejo region in known, for beeing a region with little rain, so gastronomy is influnced by this fact, and also for a moorish ocupation several centuries ago.
The main ingredient is bread, and herbs ( coriander, parsley, oregano).
Meat dishes include normally pork, and fish or soups include cod. Tomato,olive oil, garlic and sweet chilies, are very much used.
For a soup, try Açorda de Bacalhau ( cod fish soup ). A simple soup, made with cod, bread slices,garlic, coriander and an egg. This dish, not long ago, was the poor people dish, but now is considered a "not to miss".
If you have no food problems, try things such as orelha de porco ( pork ear with olive oil and coriander .
For a soup, try also sopa de Cação ( fish soup, superb !!!).
Note. Alentejo has also some of the best red wines in the world. Don´t miss a Cartuxa. ( if you need more tips on wine, post here ).
one more thing, about alentejo gastronomy. If one had to define it, it would be considered as Mediterranean Gastronomy influenced by Atlantic gastronomy. And what is this ? it´s a mixture of med ingredients ( even thow it´s a mediterranean climate area, it´s far from the med sea )such as olive oil, wine, tomatoes, and herbs, with atlantic ingredients such as cod fish, or sardines.
If you like to eat, you´ll find it extremely interesting

Aug 13th, 2001, 07:44 AM
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...(cont)...I told that alentejo food has got some moorish influences...well almost forgot the famous dish ( i forgot, because i´m not a big fan ). Borrego ( lamb ) with potatoes, and toasted bread ( ensopado de borrego ). If it is done properly, it´s good, but not very interesting in the summer, because it´s "heavy", but still, you can try.
Aug 13th, 2001, 09:37 AM
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If its still around, try Sua Excellensa (pardon my spelling). This idiosyncratic restaurant was a memorable addition to a trip we took 5 years ago to Lisbon. Run by a real original, a flamboyantly gay, older gentleman of great linguistic skill, (7 languages which he loves to show off), it gave us one of the best meals of our life and a culinary adventure, too, as we did as suggested by friends, and let him choose. I remember a turnip and sheeps milk cheese dish with wild savoury, a salt cod with tomatoes and lemon, almond pudding with lavendar and some amazing vino verde. I sure hope its still there and would love an update. These quirky places can be fun but are subject to sudden change.
Aug 15th, 2001, 12:11 AM
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Good posts!
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