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#53 of 165 Indian in Lisbon
#1,061 of 4,709 Restaurants in Lisbon
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$10 - $15
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Indian, Asian
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed May 27, 2022

My wife and I live in the UK and were in Lisbon for a holiday. We went out to dine at Costa Do Malabar in Lisbon, in our pursuit of Keralan cuisine. (I hail originally from Kerala in India). Impressive menu, great food, heart-warming hospitality....Tinto, the gentleman who waited on us at the place, made it a memorable evening. Young, smart, intelligent, and attentive, he is a sterling example of a host. We started off with a sambhaaram for drink. Sambhaaram is a classic keralan drink - essentially delicately spiced butter milk. The sambhaaram that Tinto served was top class. We ordered Tamarind rice and avial and a serving of banana chips. Avial is a signature keralan mixed vegetable curry. Don't let the label of mixed vegetable mislead you, avial is not the typical mixed vegetable curry you get in North Indian cuisine. Avial is unique, and very tasty. The Tamarind rice and avial at Costa Do Malabar did not disappoint. The Tamarind rice was particularly good. My wife then ordered a masala dosa. Very well prepared, and served with chutney and sambhar. For dessert, we ordered semiya paayasam, a classic Indian pudding. Once again, the dish was superb. A very satisfactory end to the meal. Overall, dining at Costa Do Malabar was a very pleasant experience, with great food and heart-warming hospitality. Tinto deserves special thanks for making it so. We plan to visit Lisbon again, and when we do, we will certainly dine at Costa Do Malabar. If you are in Lisbon, and are looking to savour Keralan cuisine, I would strongly recommend Costa Do Malabar.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2022

Thank you so much for your detailed review. Our team is motivated with your appreciation. We continue to make our dishes and service better every day. See you on your next visit.

Reviewed April 16, 2022 via mobile

After 7 days on the road of eating some amazing portugese food, one was still craving some comfort flavors. This place helped fix that, the dosas and appams were nice and crispy, the malabar chicken wasn’t the same as back in India but still pretty...good. The service was nice and friendly!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded May 13, 2022

Thank you so much Ms. Mallika for your feedback. We are happy that we were able to give you dosas and uthappams as per your expectations. Of course Malabar chicken curry will be slightly different from India, because of the spice customization done here. Thank...More

Reviewed March 11, 2022 via mobile

We arrived at this restaurant at about 8pm, and it was empty. We placed the order and we rated Service 3 stars Food 2 stars Food not fresh and not original recipe. Not a typical Indian restaurant.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed October 27, 2021 via mobile

Welcoming restaurant. Very clean. Friendly staff. Huge menu choice. Loved their own bread. Dishes well cooked. Coconut rice was gorgeous. Big portions dishes. Would be a nice place for groups. Would like music playing all the time instead to add to the ambience.

Date of visit: October 2021
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Reviewed September 13, 2020 via mobile

Solid curry fix ahead. Crispy dosas, scrummy chicken tikka masala, banging paneer pakodas and a delicious kottayam fish curry. Go with an appetite. Clean tables, friendly service and definitely the perfect curry fix after a few beverages. The kerala parathas and puris we ordered were...too oily though so watch for that. The kerala lamb curry wasnt to our taste though being somewhat light on the flavour. The chicken 65 also wasn’t the tastiest. However, everything else we ate was lipsmackingly good. Go.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed December 30, 2019 via mobile

Superb south indian restaurant and a must try if you are in Lisbon. Excellent service and friendly owner/staff. They are always busy however that doesnt impact the quality of food or service.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded January 1, 2020

Thank yo so much for your words, we are motivated to continue our service.

Reviewed December 29, 2019

Amazing quality of food !! Nice ambience and friendly staff... Very reasonably priced Would highly recommend this place Family friendly place Been on holiday to Lisbon from UK and I was really pleased to locate this place

Date of visit: December 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Thank you so much for the review. Hope to see you soon again.

Reviewed December 27, 2019

We found this nice place via Google search. This is clean and quiet restaurant in the middle of a busy street. Food was authentic South Indian. I recommend this place to those looking for delicious Kerala and South Indian food with excellent service for reasonable...price.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded January 30, 2020

Thank you so much for the review. Hope to see you soon again.

Reviewed November 28, 2019

The manager here is extremely condescending and rude. Our food was cold and instead of just replacing it, he told us we don't know how to eat and that we need to eat faster. He also told us to "cooperate." If you actually know what...South Indian food is, you probably shouldn't come here. The food lacks flavor, they have no chutney, and they have no idli. Even though there is coconut chutney on the menu, the manager told us he had none available. Between the bland-ish entrees and the horribly rude attitude, I wish I could give this place no stars. Completely ruined our night.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed August 31, 2019

This place has excellent food. I was skeptical about a Malabar restaurant in Lisbon, but when I found out that the chef, owner was trained in The Taj Hotel Group in India, those doubts were put to rest. It is a very friendly place and...the guests are mostly regulars. That itself speaks to the quality of the food. The food tasted freshly made and delicious. Make sure that you let them know of the spice level that you want. We were in Lisbon for a medical conference and although there for just five days, we managed eat there twice.The ambiance is comfortable and clean. Wish there was something like this place in Toronto!More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words. Your words matters a lot for us. We hope we meet sometimes in future. As you said, our customers are regulars, so when you visit Lisbon next time don't hesitate to come and be our international regular...More

Reviewed August 19, 2019 via mobile

We, a family of four, were on a family tour of Europe and when we landed at Lisbon, our first search was for an Indian Restaurant . Our ‘top tour’ taxi driver helped in locating one in Costa Do Malabar. It’s about ~1KM from Our...Ramada Hotel. The hotel is on a lane and completely redone and made up. You can smell the paint even now. The interior has been made per Malabar , India style. We had Dosas- Plain, Masala, Chicken, Veg Soups, Samosas, kebabs and tea. The preparations were crisp and nice. Tea was as good as having it at Malabar Coast of India. Since we were having two wheel Chair and the road is completely paver stones and steep climbs, the owner was nice enough to offer us a drop at our hotel by his car. Appreciate his humane act. Well, we didn’t stop with that. We ordered take away food again and again during our stay. It’s a nice place to visit and have the Coastal Cuisine Of India here.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded September 1, 2019

Thank you so much for your kind words. And we are happy that you loved our restaurant. We are happy that we could help you reach your hotel, without much difficulties with wheel chair.Hope to see you again if our time line meets again somewhere.

Reviewed July 23, 2019

Because of all the good reviews I decided to go try this restaurant. First of all it was hard to find. Coming from the Metro it is easy to take the wrong exit and end faraway from the place. Eventually people helped me find the...right street. I was a bit surprised that prices in this establishment was so high considering where the location is. I ordered 3 items. The appetizer vade truly was 2 bite size. There were 2 of them. The outside of the vade was cooked but the inside was raw. Next I had the dhal soup. This is the only item I loved. But considering how much such a soup is elsewhere it was overpriced. I still loved that soup. My main course was a Chicken Biryani. I have eaten Biryani in a number of countries. This particular one was more towards the sweet side. I was quite disappointed in it. I would only recommend the soup from what I had there. The server was very helpful... good service. On the same street there is a Mongolian and Nepali restaurant as well as another Restaurant.... both looked more inviting price wise.More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2019

Dear Ms. Anne, Thank you so much for your review. It is really bad luck that you have not found the street name at the metro station. The metro has indications to exit to Rua Rosa Damasceno. Regardig the prices, considering the fact that we...More

Reviewed March 24, 2019 via mobile

One of the best indian Restaurants I have been to. The service is super friendly and the food ist so good. We got our food in less then 15 min. I would recommend it to everyone.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2019

Thank you so much. We would be happy to serve you again.

Reviewed March 15, 2019

Friendly service, smiling people that make you feel at home. Food is amazing, everything "homecoked". New decoration with charm. Nice prices too. It is a true winner, as bonus they are catholic so they have wine.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

Thank you so much, yes we do serve "home cooked" food and wines from most of the areas in Portugal. Happy to know our new interior and same price as before is making our customers also happy.

Reviewed December 20, 2018 via mobile

Me an my wife went there already in two occasions, the first time just the two of us, and the second time with an old friend. Both for dinner. This is not a very big place, but definitely has a great Indian cuisine. You can...have very different starters and choices of bread, as well several Indian dishes, veg or non veg. The owners and clerks are Indian, and at the time we went there they hardly spoke in portuguese. We managed to understand ourselves in English. We had some portuguese wine, but you can choose Indian beer. Normal Indian desserts, bebinca included. We enjoyed very much.More

Date of visit: October 2018
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Costa Do M, Owner at Restaurant Costa Do Malabar, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2019

Thank you for the review. We have improved our place with new interior and air conditioning. We keep the same dishes with same price, we invite you for another trip to Costa do Malabar, South of India

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Restaurant Costa Do Malabar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4