FOOD ADVENTURES: When fishes get a smoke

Isn’t it interesting how a country like Portugal has so many dishes centered around preserved, salted cod (bacalhau) hasn’t actually taken up smoking fishes? Unlike Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands or the UK, smoking food in general was never part of Portugal’s culinary bloodstream. Thankfully, The Moustache Smokery has been filling in that gap with some first rate dishes featuring…

MISS JAPPA: A burst of umami

Restaurants and cafés are always very ephemeral, but sometimes, when one of your favorite places disappears, a loss can be extremely hard to take. Such was the case with Miss Jappa’s space in Principe Real: first it was the home of Orpheu, a beautiful, cozy café which was then tragically replaced with Ucharia, a tapas-wine…

LET’S COOK IT: A creamy mushroom risotto, without cream

It was a cold Saturday evening when we went astray in a neighbourhood that we – after the sad loss of Crêperia da Ribeira – tend to avoid these days: Cais do Sodré. Time Out has taken over the area by creating the “perfect” gastronomic shopping centre, Mercado da Ribeira, offering a vast choice of dishes…

PACHAMAMA: A real biohazard

As regular followers of our blog will know, we have had a hard time in finding restaurants with good vegetarian food. Or even decent. So we are always excited and happy whenever we find a place like “Pachamama” that cooks mostly vegetarian food, always includes a vegan and/or raw food option and every day has…