Espaco Espelho dAgua
Cuisine: Comfort Food, European, Mediterranean, Portuguese
Price Range: $$
A stunning example of a waterfront-dining spot, this unusual restaurant is fashioned within a beautiful art deco building that was commissioned for the 1940 Portuguese World Exposition. Originally... Read More
A stunning example of a waterfront-dining spot, this unusual restaurant is fashioned within a beautiful art deco building that was commissioned for the 1940 Portuguese World Exposition. Originally designed by António Lino as a 'Water Mirror' pavilion, what you see today is a result of careful renovation that pays tribute to the architect's vision of a structure seemingly floating on the surface of a lake. Besides housing a restaurant and café, this modernist gem also works as an art gallery and performing arts venue. In addition, Espaço Espelho d'Agua hosts top-tier business and commercial events. For the casual visitor, however, it's all about diverting off the promenade at Belém for lunch al fresco on the terrace or arriving at sunset for a meal in chic, minimalist surroundings. Both spaces afford outstanding views across the River Tagus. The cafeteria offers a range of deliciously inventive comfort food, from simple toasted sandwiches and pizzas to succulent grilled meats, seafood salads and tapas-style snacks. Note that during the busy summer months service can be a tad slow. The dinner menu lists a more sophisticated choice, where traditional Portuguese cuisine is enhanced with Mediterranean and North African flavours. A wall mural by the renowned late conceptual artist Sol LeWitt lends the restaurant a dramatic perspective and further underlines the design credentials of this singular and most original place to eat.
- Waterfront Dining: "Make sure you visit the bar. It features an outstanding vertical garden composed of no less than 60 different species of plant life."
- Best for Waterfront Dining Because: An interesting dining experience, Espaço Espelho d'Agua combines gastronomy with art and design in one of Lisbon's most important mid-20th-century buildings.
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