one of the exciting places, a major food destination, we read about was mercado da ribeira.
so after putting our bags in our chiado apartment, we walked down to cais de sorde & a short distance to mercado.
we started with a €10 prosciutto & cheese plate from manteigaria silva. the white wine was costly at €6 but very good. the extra virgin olive oil was another €1.50 but it was very good indeed.
prosciutto was average, not specially “pang”, cheese was good.
the platter didn’t look like a lot but was pretty ok to share, and the bread was very good (portugese bread everywhere we go in lisbon & porto were very good) & fantastic with the olive oil.
next we had tuna tartare from tartar-ia.
not only it looked exquisite.
it was the best tune tartare i ever had. but it came expensive though, €18.75 for 150g.
you can call it explosion of flavours. don’t know what were the condiments but everything combined fabulously, fromt eh fragrant extra virgin olive oil to the truffle oil, wasabi mayo? etc…
tuna tartare was so good we decided to try the steak tartare.
it was excellent too, though nothing so wow like the tuna tartare, and cheaper.
we also had a white & then a red from tartar-ia…white was not as good as the one from manteigaria silva. red was very good. 🙂
not know what to order we asked for recommendations, and got the chocolate cake & egg cream cakes.
both were quite unsatisfactory!
gigi’s chocolate cake was too sweet, very so-so, somethin i would not take in singapore.
the egg sponge cake, they claimed best in the world. what can i say, non-descript, forgettable…
the next day i had an excellent egg cream cake at tartine. that was memorable.
portugal (both lisbon & porto) had excellent nata, the portugese egg tarts (& i didn’t know how good they were until i try a random one in singapore few days back, and that was literally unedible by comparison), and many other great pastry, so we don’t really need this.
we left mercado & took the tram 15e to belem. this photo from across the road as we walked to the tram station nearer cais de sorde.
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