Monday, May 12, 2014

Salgadeiras: Classic Portuguese Cuisine in Barrio Alto

Located in a refurbished ancient Barrio Alto bakery, near Largo de Camões in the same street that gives it the name, As Salgadeiras offers classic Portuguese cuisine with a charming and traditionally kind hearted Lisbon atmosphere with warm stone walls, red brick arches, vaulted ceilings and hearty delicacies that originate mainly from the north of Portugal. A small and intimate dining room, there are only a handful of tables, so reservations are essential. 

The ancient bakery's table setting with original stone walls and brick arches in the background

A lit menu sits on an Art Nouveau stand at the front of the restaurant  

The original bakery oven, just behind our table, is now a wine cave and dessert pantry

A whimsical carved statuette holds a bottle of wine

Salgadeiras house baked bread, not such a surprise, given that it was once the neighbourhood bakery

Tuna and lemon mousse, garlic butter and lovely runny Queijo de Azeitao cheese

Queijo de Azeitao cheese, a Portuguese favourite

Portuguese olives

As Salgadeiras menu

A glass of chilled white Portuguese wine to go with our starters

Presunto Recheado em Carpaccio de Meloa: Black Portuguese Ham with Melon Carpaccio

Sopa de Peixe a Salgadeiras: Fish soup with puff pastry crown

The Sommelier pours a little of our red wine into each of our wine glasses and swirls it around, 
to season the glass

A 2009 red wine from the Duoro region of Portugal

The wine was then decanted and allowed to breath on our table

Costeletas de Borreguinho Grelhadas com Molho de Menta: Grilled lamb Chops with Mint Sauce

Cabrito a Moda de Minho: Traditional North Portuguese Lamb with Spinach Purée

A complimentary glass of Port after our dinner

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