I just wanted to pass along a couple restaurants I enjoyed on a recent trip through Portugal. While we had good food on the whole trip, fresh seafood and dependable roasted chicken (the most flavorful chicken I've ever had) we're available almost everywhere... there weren't many places we came across that I'd send people out of their way to find.
The 2 places that I would send people in search of would be Ali a Papa, a moroccan restaurant in the Bairro Alto neighborhood in Lisboa (Rua da Atalaia 95), and to Nectar Enoteca, a wine bar / restaurant in Lagos (Algarve, south coast) at Rua Silva Lopes 19.
Both places delivered a meal with a complexity and depth of flavor that was lacking in our other meals in Portugal. The lamb couscous and the chicken tajine at Ali a Papa were both excellent. Nectar is a trendy looking wine bar that has an excellent selection of Portuguese wines as well as a full menu. We had a wonderful sheep's cheese from Azeitao, a fava bean and sausage dish that was excellent and a chicken curry that was far superior to the couple of indian places we tried there.
Of course one of the simpler food highlights was the endless tasty olives, lupini beans and white port & tonic cocktails enjoyed al fresca most afternoons.