Gambrinus, Lisbon, 9/26/14

Exterior
Exterior

A really old school kind of place with white table clothes, every piece of tableware labeled and more waiters than customers. Lots of table side presentation which surprised me with the entrée as they brought this huge plate and served me some and took the rest back to the kitchen. I was really glad they didn’t put that huge portion in front of me but wondered what happens to the returning food? Not to worry too much cause I probably won’t be going back.

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We entered in the door to the restaurant which was where parking was also available. The other door to the place is through the bar and on a highly touristic street. The staff was very friendly and helpful but the food was nothing special. The breads were both throwaways and drinking the same wine as the day before cost almost twice as much. The clams were good and nicely garlic flavored. My duck was a special of the day and included very dry breast meat but some better cooked “dark meat”. It was supposed to be done in a typical Portuguese style but I just found it dull. The fish was a large portion but again, nothing to ever come back for. What Charles really liked on the plate was the green beans. He called them the best he’s had in a long time. The other vegetables were just okay. All in all a really nice, pretty place with great bathrooms, but a little too controlled and flavorless.IMG_3021

crunchy table bread
crunchy table bread
labeled plates
labeled plates
roll and butter
roll and butter
everything is personalized
everything is personalized
wine
wine
lots of table side service
lots of table side service
a large tapestry covers much of one wall
a large tapestry covers much of one wall
stained glass inside
stained glass inside
Clams in garlic sauce
Clams in garlic sauce
Duck and rice Portuguese style with sausage and ham
Duck and rice Portuguese style with sausage and ham
Grilled sea bream with tartare sauce and vegetables
Grilled sea bream with tartare sauce and vegetables
special coffee preparation
special coffee preparation
more
more

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