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rjn207 Jul 20, 2006 06:53 PM

Has anyone been to Alfama lately? How's the food? The atmosphere? Is it a good place for a birthday dinner with a boyfriend?

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    Peter Cherches RE: rjn207 Jul 20, 2006 07:34 PM

    I was there about 5 years ago. Completely unimpressed by the food.

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      Foodie43 RE: Peter Cherches Nov 22, 2006 02:55 PM

      Peter, you should go back. They have a new chef, Luis Caseiro from Portugal and the food is pretty amazing now. Luis is really focused on the seasonality of ingredients and always comes up with delicious new dishes.

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        Peter Cherches RE: Foodie43 Nov 22, 2006 03:44 PM

        Thanks, that's good to know. I think I'll go on a Tuesday.

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      Foodie43 RE: rjn207 Nov 22, 2006 02:58 PM

      I was there last night for a special cocktails & tapas promotion they have on Tuesday nights. The cocktails are amazingly creative and delicious. The plate of tapas was generous and also delicious. I highly recommend it and at $17 (plus tip and tax) per cocktail plus the plate of tapas, it's a steal!

      1. shirlotta RE: rjn207 Nov 22, 2006 06:05 PM

        every time i've passed that restaurant i've wanted to eat there, and now i think i'll give it a go! has anyone been there for brunch? is it good?

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          Foodie43 RE: rjn207 Nov 22, 2006 10:15 PM

          Shirlotta, brunch is great! The food is creative (think organic sirloin burger infused with Portuguese chouri├žo) or corn muffins with salt cod. Sounds weird? Sure, but wait until you try them. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Alfama and try to give them as much support as I can. I've met the owners who are almost always there and they really, really care about what they are doing. I'm so over the big name places. I prefer to support small, independently owned restaurants. Alfama most certainly falls into that category. Cheers!

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            shirlotta RE: Foodie43 Nov 26, 2006 06:07 AM

            thanks! i'll definitely check it out.

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            simetrias RE: rjn207 Nov 26, 2006 05:45 PM

            I, too, am a fan. For brunch I love the bacalao espiritual (think a fish dish with a cheesy creamy base!), the caldo... it's a quiet and lovely place for dinner, too. The red snapper is delish. Skip the bife a pedra (beef on a stone)-- boring. But check out the seafood stew.

            They have great Portuguese wines (tell them what you like and let them suggest), porto, of course, and good cheeses. All in all a gem of restaurant.

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