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A former 17th-century convent provides the backdrop for one of the most romantic dining venues in Lisbon. With outside tables set within the cloisters and those inside arranged in and around a... Read More
A former 17th-century convent provides the backdrop for one of the most romantic dining venues in Lisbon. With outside tables set within the cloisters and those inside arranged in and around a refectory and throughout several cozy alcoves, A Travessa can claim with considerable justification to be one of the most charming and historic restaurants in the Portuguese capital. Ably run by Belgium national Viviane Durieu and her Portuguese partner Antonio Moita, A Travessa is noted for its inventive fusion of southern and northern European cuisine, with chef Nuno Coelho drawing on the culinary traditions of both regions to produce dishes like the signature raie au beurre noir â€" steamed ray in a black butter sauce, balsamic vinegar and capers. Wines exclusively represent Portugal and include labels from smaller independent producers. A Travessa is a restaurant for all seasons: during the summer the cloisters exude a wonderfully al fresco atmosphere. In the chillier winter months dining inside by the fireplace is equally alluring.
- Best for Romantic Dining Because: Housed in the former Convento das Barnardes do Mocambo, which was founded in 1653, A Travessa matches its historical allure with a refined and inventive menu.
- Best for Fine Dining Because: The savouring of traditional Portuguese cooking imbued with contemporary northern European flourishes is lifted by the restaurant's beautiful location.