Best New (Opened in the last 3 years) restaurant in Lisbon?
I am taking out a native Lisboeta for a special meal. She left Lisbon 3 years ago and so has a strong opinion on most restaurants there at that time. She ate out a lot. I'd like to take her somewhere new.
The emphasis should be on the quality of the food and cooking. Nothing else matters, really.
I did do this once before, last year and took her to Sobral's Tasca da Esquina. We both liked it but not loved it. The concept is great, the execution was good, not great.
So, now I want to try again. Any suggestions?
I ended up taking her to 100 Maneiras in Bairro Alto.
This place was a great value - 35 euros for a 9 course tasting menu. The food was also creative, starting with the shaved cod pieces hanging on clotheslines (a nod to all the street laundry in old Lisbon) through the various courses of shellfish, fish (sardines of course), and pork belly. Many of the flavors of Portugal are there although this isn't Portuguese food. As with many tasting menus, the courses were hit or miss.
The restaurant was almost entirely tourists, by the way. And all the staff speaks impeccable English so I would not recommend this to anyone looking for an "authentic" experience but I would recommend it to those looking for great food regardless of setting.