Lisbon remains a top destination for foodies, as the country’s top chefs continue to add to their expanding food empires. One of the latest additions to the buzzing food scene is a new restaurant from acclaimed chef Henrique Sá Pessoa, best known for his Michelin-starred restaurant Alma.
Chef Sá Pessoa’s newest venture is called Tapisco, a play on the words “tapas” used in Spain and “petiscos” used in Portugal. With his new venture the chef celebrates the Iberian cuisine and small plates that are a tradition in both Spain and Portugal. Tapisco is the casual restaurant that the chef has been wanting to open in Lisbon after the critical acclaim of Alma, and although he has created a space and setting that is informal, it still retains a level of sophistication and delivers a modern fine dining experience that is more laid back.
The menu includes a variety of traditional Spanish and Portuguese dishes, including Spanish tortilla (Tortilla de Patatas), Iberian ham (Jamón Ibérico), garlic shrimp (Gambas al Ajillo), lentil stew (Estofado de Lentejas), baby clams (Amêijoas à Bulhão), and salted codfish (Bacalhau à Brás and Bacalhau à Lagareiro). Chocolate lovers will want to leave room for the Dark Chocolate Mousse that is served with olive oil and fleur de sel. The bar also serves a full complement of drinks, including a selection of Vermouth, signature cocktails, Spanish and Portuguese wines, and beer.
Tapisco is located in the charming Príncipe Real neighborhood that borders the Bairro Alto, and is open daily from noon to midnight.
- Rua D. Pedro V, 81
- Lisbon, Portugal
- Phone: 213 420 681
- Website: Tapisco
Photo credit: Tapisco
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