The sun has come, so has the good weather, and no one has stopped the countdown to summer. Dark restaurants with fireplaces are kept until autumn, preferably terraced spaces close to the sea or river.
And what’s missing in Lisbon – or if it weren’t for the Tagus winking at us on the edge of the city – are squares filled with entertainment, good food and drink to quench our thirst on hot days and nights.
Fresh cocktails? we have. Food from various parts of the world including tacos, picanha and nice pizza among other suggestions? Moreover. And if you choose to hop to Lat.A or East-West, all this can be accompanied by plenty of music.
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Arigato – Casica (Park of Nations)
Anyone who is a fan of the sushi-tasting menu at Arigato do Parque das Nações might have shuddered to see the door closed for renovations. But in the end, there was nothing to fear: just winning. The famous Asian eatery with a terrace overlooking the Tagus retained its tasting menu (€17.50 lunch; €24.50 dinner) and gained a new concept.
We’re talking about Casica, a new restaurant born in the same place as Arigato and bringing South American flavors. Besides the tasting menu (€28.50), which combines the two cuisines, where you can taste a bit of everything from fish croquettes to taco carnitas, sushi and sashimi combinations, there are innovations that will make you sick to your stomach. .
There are shrimp tacos with guacamole cream and fresh salsa (€8) or beef tartare with truffle, cassava chips, horseradish mayonnaise (€19). obviously a margarita (€6.50) or a cocktail to match the ambiance of the venue: Jungle Bird with pisco, mango liqueur, chipotle and lime juice (€8.50).
When it comes to Asian dishes, there are innovations such as the smoked tuna fillet tataki (€12.50) and the usuzukuri with slices of white fish in truffle ponzu (€13). There are also many options for vegetarians, from the vegetarian combo (from €15) to the vegetarian ramen (€13.50). To show you can handle all of this, power it up with a cocktail with a symbolic name: Samurai, consisting of Jinzu gin, sakura, yuzu, and homemade infidel lemon soda (€10).
Zero Zero (Royal Prince)
Passing the front of the Zero Zero pizzeria in Príncipe Real, no one would think that the rear hides one of the best squares in Lisbon. However, given that the reputation for al fresco dining at this great venue is already too much, it might be an exaggeration to say it’s a secret.
Prepare to wait as the queues are usually long, but give it a chance not only for the place but for the food as well. There are arancini (€6.50), ravioli with ricotta and spinach (€15.50) and a selection of delicious pizzas (€10.90 to €18). Combine it with the season and order spring (€17) accompanied by a prosecco mojito (€6.50).
Breathtaking view of Tagus river and 25 de Abril bridge, nice terrace and good food. What more could you want? If we mix Italian cuisine with the two most popular and delicious Asian cuisines, we will arrive in heaven.
In the East-West, enjoy a rustic pizza (€11.50) or a 20-piece sashimi combo, kietsu sashimi (€24), among other suggestions, but don’t leave the restaurant without asking for your inevitable tummy. Salmon (€18) — A word from MAGG.
Lat.A (Santo Amaro Docks)
Ever since this place on Santo Amaro Wharf opened, we’ve been repeating it: there is no passion fruit caipirinha (€8, served by the pitcher between €20 and €25) like this one on our list. As one of the best cocktails in Lisbon.
To savor, include a promenade filled with animation and plenty of samba, along with delicacies such as cheese bread (€2.50), Peruvian ceviche (€9), shrimp bobó pastries (€5) and thinly sliced thigh steak. with rice, beans and farofa (16€).
To finish? Giant Brigadeiro (€3) winks at the chocolate freaks.
Cais da Pedra (Santa Apolonia)
Nine years after its opening, Cais da Pedra put their hamburgers on hold and invested everything in traditional and comfort food with a touch of chef Henrique Sá Pessoa. So, on the riverside terrace – which is still the perfect setting for lunch on a sunny day even if the view is obscured by a cruise – there is a place to sample everything the chef has to offer.
We got the octopus salad with tomato and cilantro (€11.50), tuna tartare (€17) and croaker ceviche (€17). If you like fish, try the suggestions like the sea bass with mussels (€20.50) at Bulhão Pato.chef’s style cod à Brás (€17) and other suggestions include octopus fillet with rice and beans, chorizo and spinach (€20.50).
As for the meat, the news is the spout pork confit with mashed turnip greens and chili sauce (€19.50) and the duck magret (€19.50) with celery, cabbage and bacon puree. The vegetarian offer also gets more options with the addition of eggplant, arugula and tomato rice with parmesan (€14.50). Complete with Cais da Pedra’s newest dessert, pine nut ice cream and frothy pie pudding with pretzels (€5.50).