Portugal is one of the most enthusiastic consumers of seafood in Europe. This coastal nation’s love of fish is reflected in its many seafood restaurants, which offer deliciously tempting menus, from classic dishes to imaginatively modern selections.
While a sea-fresh lobster needs little other accompaniment than fresh lemon juice, and traditionally simple presentation is still hugely popular, Portugal’s modern chefs also draw on international inspiration and exciting ingredients to create new twists on fishy favourites.
Frade Dos Mares
This friendly, tranquil restaurant tempts hungry diners with a vast and delicious array of seafood, as well as a selection of meat and vegetarian dishes. Portugese dishes are at the heart of the menu, which includes octopus cataplana (stew) with sweet potatoes, grilled salmon in an orange and lime sauce, and the must-try sea bass in filo pastry with a creamy crab sauce. The customer is king at Frade Dos Mares. ‘Customers are our biggest source of inspiration. We try to listen to them and constantly learn with their opinions,’ says manager Joaquim Chaves.
Frade Dos Mares, Avenida Dom Carlos I 55A, 1200-647 Lisbon, +351 21 390 9418
Ramiro is a favourite among locals and visitors alike, and queues often form outside its door. The menu at this informal, traditional restaurant includes the pick of local fishermen’s catches, and lobsters, crabs and shellfish are kept fresh in glass tanks. Whole lobsters are served with chunks of bread to mop up the juices, while crab is offered with a white wine sauce and served in its shell. Zesty lemon sorbet or refreshing mango are the perfect desserts to follow a dish of grilled tiger prawns.
Cervejaria Ramiro, Avenida Almirante Reis 1, 1150-007 Lisbon,+351 21 885 1024
Offering a luxurious tasting menu in contemporary surroundings, 100 Manerias is an indulgent place to dine. Expect to find imaginative plates such as ‘codfish clothesline’, dried cod with coriander aioli and red pepper coulis; oyster, clam, crab and sea urchin foam with coriander and rocket; and foie gras ice cream with mushroom crumble for dessert. The restaurant seats just 30 diners and is an intimate, sophisticated venue.
Restaurante 100 Maneiras, Rua do Teixeria 35, 1200-459 Lisbon, +351 910 307 575
Restaurante Pedro Lemos
Whether you choose to take a seat inside the rustic dining room or prefer to take in the breathtaking views across the Douro river from the rooftop terrace, Restaurante Pedro Lemos is the perfect restaurant for a relaxed evening meal. Chef Pedro Lemos serves dishes using the finest ingredients from both land and sea. The three menus available offer three courses, five courses, or an indulgent seven-course selection. Delightful locally sourced seafood dishes are a highlight, and include plates such as tuna with asparagus and wild purslane, snapper with chanterelle mushrooms and baked whole lobster.
Restaurante Pedro Lemos, Rua do Padre Luís Cabral 974, 4150-459 Porto, +351 22 011 5986