A very lovely space for dining which was only half full the night we were there, probably due to the Metro strike that kept people home. The dining room is all red and cream and the stairway down to the kitchen’s ceiling is hung with an upside down table service-complete with flatware. The back wall is covered entirely with a mural that hides the service doors well.
The menu is a 4 or 6 course tasting and wine pairings are offered. The pairings were good and all from Portugal. The staff was very helpful and friendly.
Cornbread is offered in the bread selection and it happens to be customary in Lisbon. The complimentary table spreads are yummy, especially the jelly covered pate. Starting then with a delicious fig sorbet really set the meal on a good course. The razor clams and egg were outstanding with the egg foam blending in to make a velvety sauce. The black pudding (sausage) was the best I’ve ever had! It was slightly smoked which eliminated any of the often irony taste of blood sausage. The fish was a little under seasoned but when we mixed a little of the table’s fruity olive oil with the dish it came alive. The pork and pear dish really showcased the Iberica pork’s deliciousness. For dessert the minty sorbet contrasted nicely with the very sweet watermelon. My peach was ripe but Charles’ was not and without that the dish suffered. Luckily the dessert lover got the ripe one! Overall I’d call this one a winner!