Taberna da Rua das Flores
Cuisine: European, Portuguese
Anyone familiar with Portuguese author Eça de Queirós (1845-1900) will probably have read 'A Tragédia da Rua das Flores' (The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers). Some of the satirical novel's... Read More
Anyone familiar with Portuguese author Eça de Queirós (1845-1900) will probably have read 'A Tragédia da Rua das Flores' (The Tragedy of the Street of Flowers). Some of the satirical novel's plotline is played out in an apartment sited directly above where this restaurant now stands. In the late 19th century it was a barbershop. Later it became a warehouse for a nearby pharmacy. Today it's one of Lisbon's most vibrant and alluring eateries. Opened in 2012 after extensive refurbishment, Taberna da Rua das Flores keeps a copy of the novel in a glass cabinet attached to one of the walls, the book kept company by bottles of unfiltered wines and own-brand olive oils. Despite the makeover, the tiny restaurant oozes a delightful yesteryear charm and plenty of Boho character. Vestiges of the original building remain: the patterned tiles are from the period as is the stone floor, polished smooth with age. Chef André Magalhães presides over a kitchen noted for serving up meia desfeita de bacalhau, a delicious cod-based dish, and aromatic iscas com elas–liver fried in pork fat, among other traditional Portuguese culinary treats. Vegetarian options are also available. Wines are local, from the Lisbon and Tejo regions. For a novel dining experience, ask to be seated on the stairs and order the petsicos, bite-sized Portuguese snacks that simply melt in your mouth. Note that table reservations are not accepted.
Rua das Flores 103
- Best Restaurants: "Try their 'Tragedy' cocktail, mixed in memory of Eça de Queirós, and toast your evening in the "Street of Flowers"."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Taberna da Rua das Flores celebrates tasty Portuguese cuisine while acknowledging one of the country's greatest writers.