What’s the perfect breakfast in Lisboa ? A hearty sandwich made at a local, streetside cafe / restaurant. The sandwiches are just perfect to get you going if you’re looking towards a day of heavy sightseeing. Especially the pork variant has a powerful and salty taste, quiet unusual to anything I’d tasted before. The coarse bread gives it a hearty crunch and it plays beautiful off the harsh meaty taste of the pork. The same breakfast stand was also offering an omelette and a Chorizo combination. I was unable to figure out what these things are called, but together with a couple of espressos it’s a perfect hangover killer. The spicy chorizo and the mild omelette is like eating a complete breakfast which you can hold in one hand.
With a larger group of gentlemen the Espal Habrasas was chosen as the place to eat dinner. Located on the Docas it’s just a convenient 60 minute walk from Rossio, taxis seem to be the preferential choice. The appetizer were some octopi with garlic and oil. In terms of texture it was rubber and mush together, the taste just what you get when you cook garlic too long. The restaurant prides itself on meat and are offering beef cooked tableside on a hot stone. Since you choose the size of your cut, this seems like a good idea. The french fries served with the meat are bland, the sauces from a 20 litre convenience food container and the meat is soso. Unfortunatley the hot stone just wasn’t hot enough and it was not possible to grill all the meat perfectly. Prices are okay (compared to CH), expensive for Lisboa and too high for the quality of the food: