I had never heard of this restaurant but on a recent trip to Lisbon the concierge at my hotel got me a last minute reservation here when my top three choices for where to dine that night were booked up. The restaurant is right next door to the ruins of the Carmo convent, and like the convent, there are still indications of damage from the Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 in this building. Although for the most part the building appears to have been built after the quake, there are bits and pieces of wall that appear to be quite old, as if this building were built on the shell of the old structure that sat here before 1755. The restaurant was quite busy that night, but despite that, service was top quality and never faltered. The wine list was very well done, with a good variety of very good Portuguese wines. I am most familiar with Portuguese reds, but decided a white was more appropriate with my meal and my server was able to recommend a very good bottle of chardonney called Tapada de Coelheiros. For appetizer I had a cod carpaccio drizzled in olive oil. It was spectacular - the fish was sliced paper thin. Very well presented. For the main course I had an octopus. It was even better than the appetizer. It was a small octopus, served whole, to be eaten with a fork and with a steak knife. The flesh was amazingly tender, and well seasoned. I don't recall my desert but it was delicious, I am sure. Overall I definitely recommend this place.
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