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How bad does it get in terms of airline food ? Swiss Airlines have scored a new record. A pack of Mediterranean Chargrilled Vegetables from the well known british purveyor of fine foods Monty’s Bakehouse were distributed evenly among the condemmed passengers. Monty’s Bakehouse prides itself with the following attributes on its food:
• Product integrity
• 12 months frozen life
• Bake in pack
• Standard bake times
• Cool to touch – serve 45 seconds from baking
Taste, aroma and vitamins seem to have been forgotten. Biting into one of these fine products stirs mixed reactions between nausea and disgust. Funny to see that the stewardess was making herself a bowl of pasta and after inquiring if this concotion was for real, she apologetically replied that it wasn’t that bad. It is surprising that after Heston Blumenthal, Marco Pierre White and the irritating Jamie Oliver, the british food industry is still coming up with these horrible products. But even worse, this is a reason to stop flying Swiss if they think customers enjoy getting scammed like this.
Early in the morning and before moving on to a innercity open air party on top of a parking garage hunger called. Outside of the Docas a couple of mobile snack vendors setup shop. For roughly 2 Euros they sell a form of Hamburger. The “Special” is full of vegetables such as salad and corn! On top some Pommes allumettes give it a whole lot of crunch. The burger patty is probably made out of stray harbour cats, but with lots of ketchup and mustard it doesn’t do any damage. Taking into account the hour of the day, it’s a decent snack.
There’s only one restaurant with a Michelin star in Lisboa, Restaurant Eleven led by Joachim Koerper. The location and the building make a simple statement – it’s not going to get any better than this. Sitting at the top of a hill, overlooking a long stretch of lawn, a sleep and very modern building awaits you. The vibe is typical for a Michelin acclaimed restaurant. Some of the dishes had a retro feel to them in terms of ingredients and presentation. The salad with the asparagus and quail egg is a dish you can get in many upscale restaurants (maybe not in this quality). A bit of a disappointment was the main course (fish with peas), especially comparing it with the pork dish which was the alternative. It looked nice but it didn’t excite the taste buds. The most surprising creation was a fish soup with a red wine pear. Surprisingly well balanced in flavor and certainly the most interesting dish on the menu. Eleven was the best restaurant I’d visited in Lisboa. Lisboa is especially tricky since the amount of tourist traps is high and even checking out acclaimed local places, they’re all a bit grimy and radiate a rather rustic charm. As such Eleven is a welcome retreat, even if the dessert plate is a real howler. Of course the place is expensive and lunch for five was just a tad cheaper than dinner for 20 the night before at Docas, it must be noted that most of the wine has great bang for the buck:
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: