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Cuisine: European, Portuguese
Price Range: $$
This shoe box-sized taberna in Alfama serves up ensopado de borrego (lamb stew and toasted bread) among other rich, heart Portuguese fare. But what really is special about this family-run eatery is... Read More
This shoe box-sized taberna in Alfama serves up ensopado de borrego (lamb stew and toasted bread) among other rich, heart Portuguese fare. But what really is special about this family-run eatery is the amateur fado performances (fado vadio) that take place between Thursday and Monday. Instead of hosting professional singers, the proprietor, Isabel, invites members of the public to sing in front of diners. Invariably, these are local residents who offer their own unique renditions of favourite fado songs. A surprise is the two cooks, Carla and Paula, who briefly swap kitchen duties for the spotlight and delight the audience with their beautiful singing. The atmosphere is homely and wonderfully amateurish but absolutely genuine. The singing is from the heart and makes for one of the most authentic dining experiences in the city.
Rua de São Miguel 20
+351 21 886 7284
- Sat-Mon,: Wed; 5pm-Midnight
- Thu-Fri: 7pm-Midnight
- Recommended as Best Value Because: The effort made by staff in providing home-grown hospitality is matched only by the cuisine that leaves the kitchen with a smile and a song.
- Best for Alfama/Graça's Best Restaurants Because: Delightfully informal and absolutely grass-roots authentic. A Baîuca really is the place to meet the locals.