Monday, January 14, 2019

Lisbon, Portugal: Be Adventurous And Travel To Casanova For A Good Meal

Casanova
Av. Infante Dom Henrique, 7
1900-264 Lisbon, Portugal
Pizza, Italian
Metro: Santa Apolónia
Phone number +351 218 877 532
Prices: €€€€

Good, reasonably priced Italian food with a large terrace overlooking the river, we enjoyed our meal very much. The dining room was large with seating for 60-70 people (more on the deck) at the long tables and there is a huge glass wall overlooking the river. The main and pizza kitchens are also glass enclosed so you can see your food being prepared if you so wish. The service was impeccable in this casual setting with typical Portuguese family-style long tables. We decided to stay inside as it was just a tad chilly out on the deck.
Outside of Italy, it is difficult, if not impossible, to find properly made spaghetti carbonara, but Casanova got it right! We started our meal with the Focaccia (€4), baked pizza dough with olive oil and rosemary, and a liter of both the House Red Wine (€5.50) and House Sparkling Water (€1). I ordered the Carbonara (€9.50), penne in this case instead of spaghetti, coming in a rich, tasty sauce with plenty of bacon and egg yolk. The portion was not huge, but there was plenty to fill me up. My wife got the Pizza Boscaiola (€12), a white pizza with smoked cheese and fresh mushrooms. More crispy than the soft-crusted Neapolitan we are used to, it was the right size and thickness as well as being quite tasty. My wife's only complaint was that she thought there could be both more cheese and mushrooms.




We paid €32 for our meal, a relative bargain compared to other European countries with the exception of Italy of course, making this a nice break from the limited menu options at many traditional Portuguese restaurants and a decent TravelValue.

CombatCritic Gives Casanova 7 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!


Seven Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "Shits & Grins"

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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Lisbon, Portugal: It Is Like Fado And Dinner In My Bedroom Over The Period Of A Short Nap

Mascote da Atalaia 
R. da Atalaia, 13-15
1200-036 Lisbon, Portugal
Bairro Alto
Phone number +351 211 983 973
Prices: €€€

Pros:
- The music was fantastic!
- The food was good with a decent number of options
- The service was friendly and efficient
- The price (€25/person) for a 3-course meal, including 1/2 liter of wine/sangria/beer and a live Fado show was a good value

Cons:
- The room holding 30+ diners, 3 musicians, and 2 servers running around with food and drinks was the size of our bedroom
- We arrived with a reservation for two five minutes early only to find one tiny seat by the door available - they had to tell a lady to move so we could sit down
- The tables and milking stools they call chairs were tiny, and the tables crammed together like dominos
- They stuck us in front of the door so, beside having a step (down) inches behind my stool (a safety hazard), I got hit in the back with cold air and people as they constantly entered and exited to go outside to smoke
- The toilet door was behind one of the guitar players, so going to the bathroom during a set was impossible
- During our two hour dinner, there were just 13 songs (4 sets of 3 songs and an encore), then we were expected to leave


The cons appear to have it, but we actually had a very good time. Even though the place is more like a "Fado factory" than a "Fado House", our meals were good with an adequate amount of quality food and drink and the entertainment was impressive.
Chorizo

Swordfish and Green Beans

Steak and Broccoli
Their focus seems to be more on cramming as many people as possible into each two-hour block than on providing a comfortable, relaxing atmosphere in which to enjoy this unique and historic Portuguese folk music. If you are expecting to have a leisurely dinner and listen to Fado over drinks over the course of a long evening, as we were led to believe, you are mistaken. Having said that, the quality of the food and entertainment, along with the fair price, made it a good overall value.
Pudding

Chocolate Salami
I have mixed feelings about this place, hence my rating. From all that I had read beforehand, a Fado House is an "experience" where you arrive after 9pm, eat and drink what you like (with a minimum of course) for as long as you like, and leave as late as you like (03:00 to 04:00 in some places). If you have just two hours, do not want to stay up too late, and want a condensed version of Fado, this is your place!

CombatCritic Gives Mascote da Atalaia 5 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

Five Bombs Equates To:


Translation for Civilians: "Continue Mission"

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Friday, January 11, 2019

Lisbon, Portugal: This Zebra Earned Its Stripes In This Officer's Opinion ... HOOAH!

Zebras do Combro
Calçada do Combro 51
1200-111 Lisbon, Portugal
Bairro Alto - Bica - Cais do Sodré, Santa Catarina
Phone number +351 213 462 110
Prices: €€€€

A tiny, cute little place on a hill, of which there are many in Lisbon, with extremely friendly service, excellent food, and very reasonable prices. We spotted this restaurant on a walk back to our Airbnb from a day of touring, almost passing it up before turning around and going in. Good choice!

A small room and attractive, vintage interior with typical Portuguese family style seating for around 20 patrons, you will get authentic Portuguese dishes at prices that will not put much of a dent in your wallet. With the customary basket of bread (€0.50) and assorted spreads (€1.50) arriving post haste, we then ordered a half liter of the house tinto (red - €5.50) and a liter of sparkling water (€1.50) from our delightful hostess whom had decent English language skills. I also got a bowl of vegetable soup with green beans (€3) that was savory, not quite hot enough, and not very well seasoned although tasty with a little salt and pepper added.


I forgot to photograph the menu and the check as is normally the case, so I will have to estimate the prices and describe our orders rather than butcher the Portuguese language. My wife ordered a type of sliced meatloaf (beef - €9) with apples and honey inside, coming with a pile o' fries, rice and a small side salad. It was quite tasty with very little of the sweetness you would expect. I ordered the shrimp (gambas - €9) in a garlic and olive oil sauce very similar to what Americans know as shrimp scampi. It was a little "fishier" than expected, so I presume they add some fish sauce to the recipe, but it was quite delicious as I mopped up the sauce with some extra crusty bread.

Pretty full, we passed on dessert and instead finished our meal with a glass each of Portuguese cherry liquor and port (€1.50 each), a delightful end to an equally delightful meal that only set us back about €32 ... HOOAH!

CombatCritic Gives Zebras do Combro 9 Bombs Out Of 10 ... More Bombs Are Better!

Nine Bombs Equates To:

Translation for Civilians: "U.S. Marine Response To A Verbal Greeting Or As An Expression Of Enthusiasm"

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