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

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    1. re: Peter Cherches

      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.

      1. re: Foodie43

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

    2. 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. 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?

        1. 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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          1. re: Foodie43

            thanks! i'll definitely check it out.

          2. 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.