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My Love Affair with Portugal’s Succulent Seafood and Sweets

I wasn’t expecting this…Portugal has amazing food.

It was the tail end of my 27 days road trip in Europe, with Lisbon as the last pit stop. I was excited to see the country and eat the egg tarts, but as for the cuisine, I was not expecting much difference to the rest of Europe, where I was having plenty of cheese and bread in my diet when traveling from Switzerland to France to Spain.

So when I had my first meal here in an authentic Portuguese cafe/ restaurant, and ordered a local recommended  dish since it sounded quite decent, didn’t expect to be completely taken away by the taste..the amazing taste.

So introducing the Best Lisbon seafood – 1st dish in Portugal every soup + rice + seafood lover should try…

1. Shellfish Rice ( Dope! )

Best seafood restaurant in Lisbon? Popualr dish on the menu - Shellfish Rice. Tasty, rich and flavourful.

Best seafood restaurant in Lisbon? Popualr dish on the menu – Shellfish Rice. Tasty, rich and flavourful.

This was my all time favourite, that I went hunting for it on my last day before I depart Portugal for home ( Singapore). Unfortunately we didn’t go back to the same restaurant, which I shall deem the best best seafood restaurant in Lisbon!

Cataplana soup dish - seafood soup with fish and shellfish. Taste quite chinese style of preparation actually. Amazing clams at a restaurant by the shore near Serra da Arrabida National Park. Best Lisbon Seafood!

Cataplana soup dish – seafood soup with fish and shellfish. Taste quite chinese style of preparation actually.

Other lovely seafood dishes/ best seafood restaurants in Lisbon

2. Grilled Octopus  with Lemon ( YUM! )

Popular Portuguese seafood dish - grilled octopus. Taste even better than the raw sashimi ones from Japan. And its hard to beat that. One of the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon

Popular Portuguese seafood dish – grilled octopus. Taste even better than the raw sashimi ones from Japan. And its hard to beat that. One of the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon?

A really tasty dish when the grilled Octopus is done nicely, crispy at the edges ( tentacles) but juicy and bouncy in the middle. I had some really nice hot sauce to go with it.

3. Lemon and Butter Clams

Amazing clams at a restaurant by the shore near Serra da Arrabida National Park. Best Lisbon Seafood!

Amazing clams at a restaurant by the shore near Serra da Arrabida National Park. Best Lisbon Seafood!

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4. Grilled Fish

Grilled Fish with Lemon. Simple but so good. Warning, watch out for bones and scales if you are only use to eating boneless fillet fish. One of the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon?

Grilled Fish with Lemon. Simple but so good. Warning, watch out for bones and scales if you are only use to eating boneless fillet fish. One of the best seafood restaurants in Lisbon?

5. Mussels with Olive Oil and Simple Garnishing

Mussels with Olive Oil. Simple but so good. I asked the waiter for Tabasco and he gave me a local hot sauce that tasted so much better. Best Lisbon Seafood

Mussels with Olive Oil. Simple but so good. I asked the waiter for Tabasco and he gave me a local hot sauce that tasted so much better. Best Lisbon Seafood!

The Sweets for those who need it

6. Yummy Hot Chocolate in Portugal

Hot Chocolate and Snacks at Cafe | Hot chocolate in Portugal

Hot Chocolate and Snacks at Cafe | Hot chocolate in Portugal

The rich creamy taste of the hot chocolate in Portugal paired with this crispy almond and chocolate tart was really heavenly!

Last but not least, who can forget the unforgettable…

7. Portuguese Eggtarts or known as ‘pastel de nata’

The absolutely amazing egg tarts of Portugal - pastel de nata

The absolutely amazing egg tarts or ‘pastel de nata‘ of Portugal

Absolutely amazing snack for any time of the day..the egg tarts, also known as the ‘pastel de nata’, are unavoidable, with shops everywhere.  Cez had way too many for his own good.

Cez from etramping favourite Fabrica Nata outlet, a creamy custard Portuguese delight. This pastel de nata is our cheat indulgence daily.

Cez from etramping favourite Fabrica Nata outlet, a creamy custard Portuguese delight. This pastel de nata is our cheat indulgence daily.

Hence conclude my love affair with all the amazing succulent seafood and sweets of Lisbon City. Discovered so much amazing food here in Portugal that I would love to try to cook when I go back home ( Singapore ).

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1 Comment

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    Pablo
    September 4, 2018 at 10:15 am

    Hey Lydia, good to discover your blog, it is definitely refreshing to see content like this (specially if you’re showing good food :D)

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