: With its selective but scrumptious menu of petiscos – Portuguese style tapas – and discerning regional wine list, "Crazy Sophia" is a favourite haunt of locals who applaud their country's rich... Read More
: With its selective but scrumptious menu of petiscos – Portuguese style tapas – and discerning regional wine list, "Crazy Sophia" is a favourite haunt of locals who applaud their country's rich culinary heritage. But this wonderfully intimate restaurant also draws an appreciative foreign clientele eager to sample chef Tiago Vieira's creative interpretation of some of the country's most celebrated gastronomy, with dishes like bacalhau à braz (cod-based) and bochechas de porco (pork) served as mini masterpieces of sublime cooking and simple presentation. Indeed, complemented by such noble wines as Papa Figos, a hearty red from the Douro, the humble tapas experience here is elevated to gourmet status. The restaurant's name derives from the legend of a woman called Sophia, born near the Spanish border 1888 into a smuggling operation and who grew up to become a rather good cook. She ended up in Lisbon, living in a boarding house where Sophia La Loca now stands. Coincidentally, there's a Sophia working in the restaurant...
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: The name of this restaurant translates to English as "Crazy Sophia", and a Sophia does indeed work in the kitchen. But rather than display any bizarre or outlandish behaviour, she's calm and collected and cooks up some excellent tapas under the direction of chef Tiago Vieira. Colourful, cosy and great value for money Sophia La Loca offers up an intriguing menu of Portuguese style petiscos – snack-sized interpretations of traditional Portuguese cuisine, wonderfully textured and imaginatively presented. Chef Tiago knows a thing or two about wine too, and the list – a selection of some of the best reds and whites in the country – do supreme justice to the gastronomic offer.