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“Famous Portuguese tarts”
Review of Pasteis de Belem

Pasteis de Belem
Ranked #2 of 31 Bakeries in Lisbon
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $15
Cuisines: Cafe
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Buffet, Delivery, Takeout
Neighborhood: Belem
Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
301 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
“Famous Portuguese tarts”
Reviewed August 17, 2014

We went as we were told that we must try the Portuguese tarts.
The place was very crowded, so we ordered the tarts to go.
The restaurant including the toilet are very tastefully decorated.
The tarts tasted fabulous even after several hours !

Visited June 2014
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6 restaurant reviews
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“The original and still unparalleled custard pastry”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is a must do on any Lisbon itinerary. The line out the door and along the street is for the tourist who want to grab their pastry and go. There are many rooms in the dining hall for those who would like to order up a platter (I recommend at least three pastries per person) of pastries and coffee, and relax with the locals. Dusting your pastries with cinnamon is a must; adding powered sugar is optional. If you walk to the back dining rooms, you'll pass the kitchen, part of which is glassed in so you can see the bakers at work. Coffee terminology: an espresso is a "bica;" an espresso with a tiny bit of milk is a "pingao;" a medium-sized cup with strong coffee and an equal amount of milk is a "meia da leite;" a glass of coffee with a lot of hot milk is a "galao."

Visited August 2014
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Agde, France
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144 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
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“Not the best, and so hot!”
Reviewed August 15, 2014

This is THE place to go for Pasteis de Nata, the gorgeous Lisbon speciality comprising a lightly spiced custard in a flaky pastry case.The queue for take away pasteis is horrific for most of the day, easing off after the lunch period has ended. However you can usually bypass the queue and enter to sit down, there are many rooms with tables. We initially entered (around 4pm) but the interior was so unspeakably hot and airless we decided to get takeaway pasteis and go up to the tropical gardens (literally just behind this cafe) to eat them.
The queue was about 15 minutes by this time of day, and when you get to the counter you have to choose and pay for your order, then move along and queue again to collect it. We ordered only 6 pasteis de nata. We picked up a drink from the corner shop about three doors down, and then walked up the little incline at the side of the corner shop to eat our pasteis de nata in the tropical gardens. I must say even though they were still warm and utterly delicious, they were not the best pasteis I had during my stay, and in fact are a bit too greasy for my liking.
I would definitely say to pop in here if there is no queue and you are in the area, but don't believe the hype - it's good, but it's not as amazing as some people would like you to believe!

  • Visited August 2014
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Yekaterinburg, Russia
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“Severely overcrowded”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

We visited this place in high season, and I wouldn't recommend that to anyone.
There was a loooong line outside so we went inside. The hostess quickly put us at a table just vacated by other customers. Admittedly, the waiter served us as quick as was realistically possible but we couldn't select the pastries we wanted and had to rely on his choice.
The prices are rather low but the place is overcrowded and noisy beyobd imagination. It' simply swarming with people and the sounds echo from the tile-covered walls.
It feels really uncomfortable - you cannot enjoy the pastries even though they are delicious.
It's probably better to take the pastries out and eat them outside in the park.

  • Visited August 2014
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Lochem, The Netherlands
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“Wonderful formula”
Reviewed August 14, 2014

Do not expect quick service, nor to be welcomed as a king, but do know that the food is very good and cheap. We ordered two pasteleis, a quich with ham, a quich with spinach, a chicken pie, and two fresh lemon-drinks, and we paid 14 euros including tip of almost two euro. And the quality of the food was outstanding. Indeed, it takes some time before waiters are willing to take your order and to serve the ordered... But it is quite busy, and the formula includes to serve a lot of good food for a lot of people and for as little money as possible. Keep that in mind and you will enjoy a fabulous lunch! M. van Leent.

  • Visited August 2014
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