Running Restaurant Reconaissance

June 21st, 2010 Permalink

On an early morning run in Lisbon I scout out a few places to return to: Pastelleria Suica (located in the main square of the city, Rossio) and a tiny snack bar called Saudade (near the Mercado do Ribeira) filled with patrons eating bean stew and fried fish. I don’t interrupt my run to eat, […]

On an early morning run in Lisbon I scout out a few places to return to: Pastelleria Suica (located in the main square of the city, Rossio) and a tiny snack bar called Saudade (near the Mercado do Ribeira) filled with patrons eating bean stew and fried fish. I don’t interrupt my run to eat, but later I drag Chie to both places to try them out.

On the top of the picture above is a pastry and a gallao from Pasteleria Suica. A gallao is a kind of Portuguese latte, but it’s very weak and milky. At the bottom is lunch from the snack bar: By the time we make it to Saudade the crowd has left and there are a couple of old men at the bar, just starting to feel drunk on a Saturday morning. Chie orders the patinascas de bacalhau (pictured above)–a kind of codfish fritter flecked with herbs, served with rice and a few black olives that the chef carefully arranges by hand before passing us the plate. Food is good. Atmosphere is amazing.

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