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!

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