R. do Poço dos Negros, 47-9
1200-335 Lisbon, Portugal
Santa Catarina, Bairro Alto - Bica - Cais do Sodré
Phone number: +351 213 908 942
Simple, unrefined, local cuisine, we almost passed this place not knowing that it was a restaurant until we peaked in the small window. They were almost fully booked on a Monday night, a very good sign and we were glad we stayed, but we had to sit in the very loud "smoking room". The very friendly English-speaking server quickly brought out three small crusty loaves of bread and a plate with small containers of garlic butter spread, soft cheese, and tuna and sardine pâtès.
Having felt under the weather for a few days, I was not all that hungry, so I ordered a half-order of the chicken cutlets sauteed in olive oil and mushrooms which came with a pile o' fries and rice (€8) - it was huge and delicious - the five medium size chicken cutlets were browned to perfection and the fresh mushrooms properly sauteed. I would hate to see the full order!
My wife ordered a steak in a coffee sauce with a poached egg on top (€11.90), a Portuguese specialty having seen it on menus around Lisbon. It also came with huge piles of fries and rice. When she cut into the steak, it was practically raw, "rare" at best - a steak Gordon Ramsey would love, but not my wife. She hates anything less than meat cooked medium-well, so she asked the server to have them cook the steak a bit more, which they did without question. Maybe it is customary in Portugal for the customer to indicate the temperature of the beef when ordering. Next time we will specify that her meat be cooked medium-well or well-done when ordering, a simple mistake on all our parts. It was also quite chewy, but being a big flank steak and very reasonably priced, we could not expect filet mignon. Lesson learned.
The service was superb, the decor simple, rustic and clean, and the value of our meal amazing, coming in at just €30.70 ($35) for bread, two massive meals, a beer and a liter of sparkling water ... we shall return, even with the flaws ... HOOAH!
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