Come join me in London’s newest Portuguese restaurant: Lisboeta, London.
Located on beautiful Charlotte Street, Lisboeta is former Chiltern Firehouse mastermind Nuno Mendes’ latest venture and a love letter to his hometown.
Spread across three floors (of which only two were open when we visited), with a little bit of Lisbon magic sprinkled in every corner, you can tell it is an immensely personal affair. In fact, the name of the restaurant literally means “a person from Lisbon”.
The ambience is truly wonderful, especially on the ground floor. When you enter Lisboeta, you are immediately greeted with warm lights and a gorgeous floor with a long limestone counter filled with cheerful diners, which ends with an open kitchen from which the beautiful dishes are ferried back and forth.
Our spot, well, it’s on the left as soon as you walk in. A cosy little table for two, next to the big beautiful windows, perfect for watching the world go by.
The Menu in Lisboeta, London
Food, Glorious Food
The majority of the food here comes in the form of snacks or small plates (‘petiscos’), each a flavour explosion in its own right. This is followed by larger offerings of ‘Tachos & Travessas’. Our waiter recommends we take some snacks, 3-4 small dishes and a main to share between the two of us and we happily oblige…
And the food does not disappoint! It is a true feast, from:
- The creamiest O Simões Azeitão Cheese – Soft sheep’s cheese from Serra de Arrábida, enjoyed with Coombeshead farm bread served with the most glorious olive oil,
- Perfectly crumbly Vindalho Empada – Goan-spiced porkpie
- Fresh and delicious Asparagus Alhada – Grilled asparagus with wild garlic sauce,
- A big bowl of umami in the form of Mushroom Açorda – Wild and cultivated mushrooms with egg yolk bread sauce,
- The famous Bacalhau à Brás – Confit cod with caramelised onions and potatoes
- To the star of the show, Arroz de Marisco – Red prawn and razor clam rice!
Drinks and Desserts
While tempted by the extensive and eclectic Portuguese wine list, we decide to save it for our next visit (this time for dinner, maybe?). Instead, we opt for two equally beautiful cocktails:
- The intricate Entre Amigos, made with Madeiran cane sugar rum, brandy, triple sec, and
- The perfectly refreshing White Port & Tonic, made with Pedra Alta white port, fig leaf liqueur and tonic.
For dessert, we decide to go with these two bad boys, and of course, some port:
- Abade de Priscos – When you read the description that says “egg yolk & pork fat custard with port wine caramel”, you are not immediately overcome with the urge to try it. But do try it! It is extremely complex yet refreshing!
- Bolo de Amêndoa – The most perfect “almond and butternut tart with olive oil”, which is moist, crumbly and truly delicious! And it was surprisingly not marzipan-y, which made it an instant favourite of mine!
All in all, Lisboeta is a fantastic new addition to London’s food scene and is well worth a spot on your list for when you are next in Fitzrovia… and fancy being immediately transported to Portugal through good food and wine 🙂
Want to see more? Check out my short video on Lisboeta, London here.