Cervejaria Ramiro, Lisbon, 1/30/16

front door
front door

This medium size place is really popular, so get there in an “off hour” or be prepared to wait in line. Service is fast and efficient and yet you don’t feel rushed. The windows along the street are filled with seafood as well as the counter that is in the entry way, but downstairs across from the bathrooms is a room lined with tanks housing a lot of fresh seafood.  Some stuff does come frozen, as we found was the case with the giant prawns, but most is cooked while you wait. There is a predominance of butter and garlic but both go so well with shellfish, you wouldn’t want it any other way. Much of it is eaten with your hands involved and they have a sink with towels right next to the bar if you don’t want to climb down the stairs to the full bathroom (what a thoughtful idea!). We finished the main courses with a Prego which is a traditional Portuguese steak sandwich and they do a wonderful version with tasty steak and a perfect bun. For dessert we ordered Ginjinha, or for short Ginja, a sour cherry liqueur common in this area. The desserts appeared made out of house and while not bad, they’re not up to house standards so I’d suggest just the Ginja while you relax and savor the fine tastes circulating in your mouth.

interior
interior
other interior room by kitchen
other interior room by kitchen
table set up. menu on tablet
table set up. menu on tablet
wine
wine
buttered bread
buttered bread – good alone but perfect for mopping up sauce
Garlic shrimp
Garlic shrimp – delicious!
Did Frankie help?
Did Frankie help?
Clams with garlic
Clams with garlic – really great
Steamed barnacles
Steamed barnacles – tricky to eat but tasty
Grilled giant tiger prawns
Grilled giant tiger prawns – a tad dry
Frankie checked to see if any was left
Frankie checked to see if any was left
sink for guests
sink for guests
Prego - beef sandwich with garlic
Prego – beef sandwich with garlic
It was tough to find a clean place to take a nap
It was tough to find a clean place to take a nap
creme brulee
creme brulee
under wrapper
under wrapper
inside
inside
Ginja - Portuguese liqueur of sour cherry
Ginja – Portuguese liqueur of sour cherry
Frankie wanted cherry brandy
Frankie wanted cherry brandy
front seafood case
front seafood case
Frankie studied the giant prawns
Frankie studied the giant prawns
kitchen
kitchen
tanks downstairs
tanks downstairs
tanks and storage
tanks and storage
shellfish
shellfish in the front window

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More shellfish
More shellfish in the window
Frankie checks out the street window
Frankie checks out the street window

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