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Cuisine: European, Portuguese, Spanish
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The mouth-watering selection of tapas at this enchanting Spanish-style restaurant is on par with anything Madrid can rustle up. Tasty appetizers listed include pumpkin soup with curd cheese and wild... Read More
The mouth-watering selection of tapas at this enchanting Spanish-style restaurant is on par with anything Madrid can rustle up. Tasty appetizers listed include pumpkin soup with curd cheese and wild fruits, garlic prawns bathed in virgin olive oil, and piquillo peppers stuffed with cod. The 'Classic' menu inspires with dishes like lamb shoulder over a carrot and pimento pardon (green Galician pepper) puree. These main courses, and some desserts, appear at the table served not on a plate but instead on a wedge of slate, a delightfully simple and effective presentation. Wines include a Duende from the Alentejo, made by one Andre Herrera de Almeida, who just happens to be the son of the restaurant's owner, Ildio. Meson Andaluz's interior blends a contemporary design signature with original 19th-century walls, but an outside terrace allows for al fresco dining, a great option for lunch in warmer weather.
- Best for Tapas Because: This is such a highly regarded tapas bar that even the Spanish make the journey over to Portugal to savour the menu.
- Recommended as Best Value Because: Artisan Spanish cuisine like this would cost twice as much in Madrid, so eating here also saves money.
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Arguably the most attractive tapas restaurant in the Portuguese capital, and with a genuine Iberian atmosphere.