We booked before departing the UK for Lisbon seeing the popularity of this restaurant and were glad that we had done so. It's very small, we counted about 20 covers so book in order not to be disappointed.
Let's be clear about this though. We are NOT talking about Michelin starred cuisine here. Some reports here indicate that some people may be expecting more than this cantina is able to offer.
If you want michelin starred cuisine, international food or are a 'picky' eater then go elsewhere. However, if you want to sample some fresh, well prepared local food then please go! Oh, it's also excellent value for money and the most expensive wine was only about £14 and very good for the price.
The atmosphere and welcome was warm and we felt very at home. We spoke to the guys on table next to us and they were making a return visit as they had enjoyed it so much the night before. We ate early and the restaurant was only really filling up as we were leaving. The restaurant was really warming up, quite literally and I saw no aircon. I can imagine in the height of summer it would be stifling and could be uncomfortable. That said, I'd still go for a taste of portugal.
Please note, if you are travelling by taxi, ensure you have the address of the restaurant written down. Our taxi first took us to the wrong address, in a quite run down area, and we had to be insistent he found the right place (difficult when we couldn't speak the language). He then had to stop and ask someone the way. Not the only problem we had with taxis finding the right address when in Lisbon. Be prepared!
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