Inventive fare in a casual, yet fancy, establishment.
On a charming side street in Madragoa, aptly named Rua da Esperança (Street of Hope, or Waiting, depending on the night), you will find an even more charming sliver of an antique tavern. The interior is warm and somehow familiar, with unpretentious tablecloths and a blackboard menu at the back that lists its tapas-style petiscos (small plates). The food has a foundation in traditional Portuguese fare and a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients. Start out with the chestnut and duck pate and move on to the chicken livers (really!). Pair them with a Dão or a Douro from their impressive selection of wines, even the cheapest of which will hit the spot. The staff is super attentive and obviously proud of what they’re serving. The place is small, so it’s highly suggested that you make a reservation. No room at the inn? Try right next door at number 100 — Petiscaria Ideal shares the same kitchen and the same chef, but with long-table seating and high stools. English is spoken, but this is one of the many restaurants in Lisbon where the staff will encourage you to speak Portuguese.