After failed night at Gulli (see that review), very hungry and a bit PO-ed, took myself here on the recommendation of some locals. Greeted by a very nice waiter, who with this partner, treated me like a welcome guest for the rest of the evening. Seated me at a table on the patio and asked if I needed a wrap against the cool evening. Brought a nice dry half-bottle of white wine (a Minho, if I remember right). Water and coperto of bread, olives, roe tapenade and cheese appeared almost immediately. (Olives, just ok. There are great olives in this country! Why do most restaurants serve such indifferent ones!) But for, I think, 2.50 euro, I'm not complaining.
Lobster "bisque" was a bowl big enough for a meal, nicely flavoured and adequate small chunks of crustucean. Even though I'd arrived famished, server recommended sticking to only one grilled tiger prawn, after the soup, and he was right. It arrived perfectly grilled, tender and flavourful (confirming my opinion that the one I'd had at Ramiro's in Lisboa probably wasn't freshly cooked). A few new boiled potatos and carrots on the side made a nice presentation.
The great thing was that I had still room enough for a sobremesa and, since I'd only had one port during my first month in Lisbon, I went for the "small slice of chocolate cake" served with a generous shot of 10-year-old port (I wish I'd remembered the label.) The Portuguese do this so well -- selecting just the right dessert wine to go with whatever you're having.
They offered me another, on the house, but as I was the only table remaining (apart from a trio of happy Russians who looked bound to stay for the night), I tottered back off to my hotel. A giant tip made the bill total out around 70 euro, I think.
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