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Off to Lisboa, Douro and Porto at the end of May -- suggestions? opinions?

zin1953 Jan 14, 2012 10:37 PM

We're flying back to Portugal at the end of May, but I haven't been in a little over a decade . . . looking for lunch/dinner recommendations, as well as comments on the following restaurants.

LISBON (three nights):

Rua Rodrigo da Fonseca, 87-D
1250-190 Lisboa

Chafariz do Vinho
Chafariz da Mãe d'Água
Rua da Mãe d'Água à Praça de Alegria
1250-000 Lisboa

Restaurante Nariz de Vinho Tinto
Rua do Conde, 75
1200-636 Lisboa-Lapa

Rua da Moeda, 1A
1200-275 Lisboa


Douro In Restaurant
Avenida João Franco
5050-264 Peso da Régua

Restaurante DOC
Estrada Nacional 222
5110-204 Armamar

Restaurante Ponte Romana
Rua St António 2 ,
5085-243 Pinhão-Gouvães do Douro


O Paparico
Rua de Costa Cabral, 2343
4200 Oporto

Restaurante DOP
Palácio das Artes
Largo de São Domingos, 18
4050 Porto


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  1. zuriga1 RE: zin1953 Jan 15, 2012 02:47 AM

    We were in Lisbon a few years ago and on the advice of a Lisbon native-friend, we ate at Solar Dos Presentos. It's popular with the locals, and I thought the food was very good. It's one block off the Avenida Liberdade at Rua das Portas de Stº Antão, 150.

    1. monchique RE: zin1953 Jan 15, 2012 03:31 PM

      Just a warning, but as you probably know DOC and DOP belong to the same chef (Rui Paula) so the cuisine will be very similar.

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      1. re: monchique
        zin1953 RE: monchique Jan 15, 2012 03:37 PM

        Right -- I was thinking one or the other.

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        anaToronto RE: zin1953 Jan 20, 2012 01:55 PM


        Form your list to Lisbon I just know Bocca which is very good.
        Talking about very good Portuguese chefs, I would recommend
        • Alma from Henrique Sa Pessoa: www.alma.co.pt
        • Feitoria from Chef: José Cordeiro: http://www.altishotels.com
        • Tasca da Esquina from Vitor Sobral: www.tascadaesquina.com
        • Cantinho do Avillez from Jose Avillez: www.joseavillez.pt
        • Quinta dos Frades from Chakall: www.quintadosfrades.com
        But I would definitely recommend something more traditional. You need to go to ‘Santo Antonio de Alfama’ located is the heart of Alfama neighborhood http://siteantonio.com/site/index.html
        Have fun!

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        1. re: anaToronto
          rmillman RE: anaToronto Mar 14, 2012 01:55 PM

          We are in Lisbon now.
          If you had to choose, would you go to Alma or Bocca?

          thank you

          1. re: rmillman
            anaToronto RE: rmillman Mar 14, 2012 02:13 PM

            are u ejoying the amazing whether in Lisbon?

            I would choose Alma :)

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              bimbog RE: anaToronto Mar 14, 2012 03:43 PM

              For me the top in Lisbon for the moment is Assinatura.
              Between Alma and Bocca, i prefer Bocca

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                rmillman RE: bimbog Mar 14, 2012 06:14 PM

                Weather is amazing: low to mid 70's.
                No one seems to mention manifesto.
                Any comment on it?
                thank you

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                  bimbog RE: rmillman Mar 14, 2012 06:23 PM

                  I don´t like Manifesto, in the area Alma is much better.

                  How was your experience tonigth?

                  1. re: bimbog
                    rmillman RE: bimbog Mar 14, 2012 06:37 PM

                    tonight we were at O Cantinho do Avillez.
                    Nice comfortable room with good but not "I want to make it at home" food.

                  2. re: rmillman
                    anaToronto RE: rmillman Mar 14, 2012 06:28 PM

                    Manifesto is OK but Alma is much better

                    1. re: anaToronto
                      zin1953 RE: anaToronto Mar 14, 2012 07:17 PM

                      What about Tasca da Esquina?

                      1. re: zin1953
                        rmillman RE: zin1953 Mar 15, 2012 01:37 PM

                        Thanks all for the suggestions.
                        We are going to Alma tonight, Bocca tommorrow and Assinatura for luch tomorrow. Tasca looks good but no room for another place to try before we leave.

                        1. re: rmillman
                          anaToronto RE: rmillman Mar 15, 2012 01:45 PM

                          Let we know your feedback after!

                          Just a quick note: sometime lunch menus are different from dinner, and sometimes "less especial", but I'm talking generally

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            lacemaker RE: zin1953 Mar 16, 2012 12:02 PM

            I really enjoyed 100 Maneiras in Lisbon. Interesting, modern food well prepared and well matched with selections from their list, for less than you'd pay almost anywhere else.

            Likewise I thought Foz Velha in porto was worth the taxi ride from central Porto.

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