Amazing lunch Lisbon
Our meal at a Casa de Pasto - Estrela do Minho - was the best we had in Lisbon. Located on Rua dos Bacalhoeiros #137 (about a 5 minute walk from Sao Jorge castle) it's non-descript from the outside and very modest on the inside. For under 10 euro you get a juicy piece of cod smothered in a delicious sauce with tomatoes, onions and olives with a side of batatas fritas and a mixed salad. With generous portions, friendly service, and delectable food at a great price you really can't go wrong. Follow it up with a serving of white cream to help you digest. Highly recommended - this place inspired us to write our first review on chow hound!
p.s. across the street you'll find a popular fish cannery that's been in business for over 80 years. The tins alone are worth a visit - with special editions designed by local musicians.
Thank you for the tip! Just back from Lisbon were we had a fantastic dinner at José Avilez' "Belcanto" (a very different price bracket!), a nice lunch of oysters and sole meunière at the Brasserie Flo on Liberdade and a mixed buffet of sushi (all you can eat for 12 Euros...) of remarkable/unexpected quality for the price 200 metres from the hotel Corinthia.
Where else did you eat in Lisbon? I am intrigued that your best meal was bacalhau with French fries.
The casa de pasto really did stand out as simple as it was!
We also visited Ramiro's which was packed and full of energy with a long line up of tourists and locals waiting to be seated.
We're headed back to Lisbon for one more night and we'll be on the lookout for Belcanto as well as 100 Maneiras which we've heard is great.
Maybe I should try Ramiro one day, but the idea of queuing does not appeal for some reason (I live in the Algarve where we get really good seafood, so generally avoid it in Lisbon).
The Casa de Pasto and Belcanto (with its 1 Michelin star) are really the opposite of the spectrum, but it's good to have both choices.