Our Best Dinner in Lisbon @ Sacramento Restaurant on 27Mar2016

octopus split for 4pax

grilled octopus split for 4pax

we had quite a full day on 27.3.2016-

it’s time to have a nice dinner & relax! 🙂

sacramento restaurant3

sacramento restaurant

we didn’t have a restaurant in mind so i looked at the google map which showed the restaurants nearby as we walked along rue do carmo past saint justa elevator.

with luck on our side, we picked sacramento. not a promising name, certainly not portugese sounding. the deco was described as funky in one guide. seemed a bit cheesy to me, somehow reminded me of a certain jack’s place at havelock road in the early 1980s?

well, turned out to be the best restaurant & best meal we had in lisbon.

nice bread

nice bread

we were served some nice bread & nice extra virgin olive oil.

it must be said that all bread at all meals we had were very nice here in lisbon, & also later porto.

chorizo & cheese

chorizo & cheese

we had a chorizo & cheese to share.

all very nice, but not really better than mercado timeout market or comparable with the excellent chorizo, cheese & port we had at castelo winebar the next day…

for today we waited an inordinately long time (like 1 hr+) for our food.

(it was ok at our next visit for dinner the evening before we left for porto).

not acceptable really, and the restaurant probably knew it.

we ordered a grilled octopus to share, and the restaurant split into 4 plates for us.

each plate had really a huge portion, plus very nice spinach to boot as side (top photo)!

we all agreed this was the best octopurs we had, better than at lake como, at lake marggiore, at cinque terre & of course singapore!

entrecote steak

entrecote steak

we ordered a main each, so 4 mains, & we shared the food anyway.

wife had the entrecote. it was very nice. the piece i had was quite marbled and very flavourful.

kurobuta with funghi risotto

black pig with funghi risotto

son had a black pig with funghi risotto.

incredible is the word!

(we had dinner at cantinho do avillez the next day. this is the “canteen” of 2 michelin star chef jose avillez who helms belcanto on the next street from cantinho. 

by comparison with sacramento, cantinho was overrated & the dinner entirely underwhelming, unfortunately…)

kurobuta with funghi risotto

black pig with funghi risotto

the black pig was a really huge serving, very well charred, very flavourful & marbled. a really excellent meat!

kurobuta with funghi risotto

black pig with funghi risotto

& the funghi risotto was excellent on its own, equal or better than a very good italian restaurant in singapore, and its only a side!

salt cod

salt cod

daughter had a salt cod.

poultry chorizo with rice

poultry chorizo with rice

& i had a poultry chorizo with rice. 🙂

both these dishes would have been very good restaurant standard dishes standalone.

salt cod is not a favourite for all for us. still it was very well done.

the poultry chorizo was not quite what i expected. i though it might be a chicken breast fillet which could be very tender & flavourful done in a good restaurant. it as instead a croquette deep-fried item. not my favourite preparation. still it was done well & tasty.

like the salt cod, this was more robust than fine food, and we already shared very good entrecote & black pig.

the rice was also very good. it’s different from the risotto, not as creamy, but tasted very good as well. of course we did not take most of it, just too much carbs la…

sacramento restaurant

sacramento restaurant

dinner was like €130 for 4pax, really excellent for the price! maybe we were just hungry la…

only complaint was the long wait…fortunately that was not repeated at our next visit.

restaurant largo

restaurant largo

on the way back to our apartment we passed by restaurant largo, with very tempting display of seafood & crustaceans!

well there were too many eating places we wanted to go, so in the end we did not go this one la…

c.h.e.f andy

Walking Around in Lisbon on 27Mar2016

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

after returning from jeronimos monastery & belem tower etc,

we had a nice cuppa (there was no nespresso capsules so we made filter coffee from some leftover pretty good coffee powder) & rest at the apartment before going out for an evening stroll.

daughter booked a nice spacious 200sqm 3-bedroom apartment at rua da misericórdia 98 for our 4pax lisbon stay.

it was a short walk past the st rogue church to the square,Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara, where some street stalls are peddling handicrafts, ginjinha (cherry wine) & small eats. 🙂

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre2

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

nice view of the surrounding.

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre3

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

the jardim…

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara - Jardim António Nobre4

Jardim de São Pedro de Alcântara – Jardim António Nobre

terraces…

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Olá a partir de Lisboa! ^^

greetings from lisbon!

there is always romanticism associated with these streetcar transport of yesteryears.

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria2

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Calçada do Lavra

Calçada da Gloria

 

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria3

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

the gloria furnicular, opened to public in 1885, traverse an axis that slopes 17.7%, from Avenida da Liberdade to the Rua de São Pedro de Alcântara.

street art or grafitti

street art or grafitti?

street art or grafitti@Calçada da Gloria

street art or grafitti @ Calçada da Gloria

street art or grafitti @ Calçada da Gloria2

street art or grafitti @ Calçada da Gloria

there were no lack of loud wall graffiti along parts of the sloping calcada da gloria.

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria4

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria5

Ascensor da Gloria @ Calcada da Gloria

the furnicular ends at Avenida da Liberdade leading to praca restauradores. 🙂

praca da restaurandores

monumento dos restaurandores

the square….

national theatre d maria

national theatre d maria

national theatre d maria2

national theatre d maria

we walked over to the national theatre.

praca dom pedro IV

rossio square @ praca dom pedro IV

praca dom pedro IV2

rossio square @ praca dom pedro IV

fronting rossio square, which pays homage to Pedro IV, King of Portugal.

there was this famous ginjinha sem rival …

everyone was queueing up.

my son bought 2 cups. it was pretty strong & sweet wine with cherries at the bottom.

later we learned that in many places you are served with a chocolate container & finished off with the chocolate. didn’t have that this time though. 🙂

streets - rue do carmo

rue do carmo

we were 1/2 window shopping & looking for dinner place by now, walking up rue do carmo.

queue for santa justa elevator

queue for santa justa elevator

santa justa elevator

santa justa elevator

the santa justa elevator was round the corner, cost €5 for 2 trips.

there was a long queue.

i looked at the google map which showed the restaurants nearby.

with a spot of luck, we picked sacramento, and that was the best restaurant & best meal we had in lisbon.

we liked it so much we went back again the evening before leaving lisbon for porto. ^^

c.h.e.f andy

Crispy Fried Beehoon 三楼米粉

三楼米粉

三楼米粉 (from a subsequent second try)

my OPS primay school friend treated me to a very nice lunch at seng kee on 12.5.2016. ^^

one dish i was very much impressed was the 香煎米粉. i thought it was really good, crispy very fragrant good wok hae, bee hoon & ingredients inside tasty, not mushy, not burnt.

bagus la!

三楼米粉crispy fried beehoon

三楼米粉crispy fried beehoon

三楼米粉crispy fried beehoon

三楼米粉crispy fried beehoon

三楼米粉

三楼米粉 (from a subsequent second try)

suddenly felt like giving it a try today on 14.5.2016.

took out leftover sotong tentacles, some prawns, chicken breat from freezer & defrosted.

had 1/2 chinese cabbage in chillier, 2 leaves turning bad liao. cut 1/3 from the 1/2 & removed the spoiled portions.

  1. cut chinese cabbage into very thing strips & fried with cut chilli padi & oil first & fish sauce till soften. added the leaves & fried a bit more then added 1 cup water, turned to low & braised. chinese cabbage was to add veg sweetness as stock (i didn;t have any chicken stock).
  2. while cabbage braising (about 15mins), i cut the defrosted prawns, chicken, sotong tentacles & seasoned separately with fish sauce & white pepper.
  3. i removed the cabbage with little soup left & transfer to a bowl. then i added butter & fried the prawns, chicken, sotong tentacles maybe 80% cooked. removed them & set aside (i think this step not necessary but i was not sure how much stock to add & whether i had time to cook them before drying out the beehoon).
  4.  i added oil, onions, chopped garlic into pan & fried till fragrant, turned fire high & added 2 eggs & scrambled.
  5. then i returned the stock to the pan added the beehoon (soaked in water & drained) together with the prawns, chicken, sotong tentacles & braised the beehoon.
  6. i turned fire to high to dry out the beehoon, then i added the scrambled egg & mixed.
  7. the last step was to make the beehoon crispy. i was able to do it in parts but could not flip over & make it into a pancake presentation.

anyway the result was still a very tasty, fragrant, quite excellent tasting beehoon with very good wok hae.

i added coriander (& some cut spring onions earlier). daughter commented the coriander flavour really nice (a bit like eating orh lua, a crispy fragrant egg dish matches well with coriander la)…

anyway now i have a good feel of the dish so can very the steps a little as provided below.

c.h.e.f andy

Ingredients:

  • 120g beehoon
  • 8 small prawns.
  • 1/2 squid – 12 slices
  • chicken breast or pork – 8 slices
  • 1.5cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup thinly sliced chinese cabbage
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tsp chopped garlic
  • 1/2 sliced yellow onions
  • 1 cut chilli padi
  • fish sauce (about 1.5tbsp in all)
  • 1 stalk cut spring onions
  • 1 bunch coriander (for garnishing)

Directions:

  1. add oil, onions, chopped garlic into pan & fried till fragrant. turn fire high & add 2 eggs & scramble. set aside.
  2. fry chinese cabbage & cut chilli padi with oil & fish sauce till soften. add 1.5 cup chicken stock, turn to low & braise. reduce to 1/2 cup or so.
  3. marinate prawns, sliced chicken breast (or pork), sliced sotong with fish sauce & white pepper.
  4. add beehoon (soak in water & drain first) together with the prawns, chicken/pork, sotong & braise the beehoon.
  5. turn fire to high to dry out the beehoon, then add the scrambled egg, cut spring onions & mix.
  6. flatten out the beehoon & press to crisp over high fire. flip over if possible. if not, crisp enough parts of the beehoon. garnish with coriander & serve.

Jeronimos Monastery, Discovery Monuments & Belem Tower on 27Mar2016

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

after having the “best” natas (portugese egg tarts) at pasteis de belem, we walked over to jeronimos monastery on 27.3.2016. ^^

unfortunately it was the easter weekend, & the monastery was closed. it felt strange to us, since one should expect bigger crowds & visits on public holidays, but i guess everyone deserve to have their day off.

we knew of this of course, checking on the various websites to see if it was open, but we had to manage our itinerary & had to settle for just seeing the outside of the monastery.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

the construction of the monastery & church started in 1501 & took 100 years to complete.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

built to commemorate vasco da gama’s voyage, it was also his final resting place where his tomb was laid by the entrance.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

it is a prominent example of late gothic maneuline architecture in lisbon, a richly ornate & complex architectural style.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

the cloisters certainly looked magnificient on the e-guides.

there were sea monsters, corals, sea motifs carved onto each column… too bad we were not able to view the inside.

Jardim da Praça do Império

Jardim da Praça do Império

we crossed over to the gardens, adjoining jardim de belem.

jeronimos monastery

jeronimos monastery

& took a shot of the monastery from across the road.

Jardim da Praça do Império

Jardim da Praça do Império

the anchor….

Jardim da Praça do Império

Jardim da Praça do Império

& fountains….

discoveries monument

discovery monuments

lead to the discovery monuments, Padrão dos Descobrimentos, by the tagus river…

discoveries monument

discovery monuments

& celebrate the age of exploration during the 15th & 16th centuries….

discoveries monument

discovery monuments (western profile)

there were 34 statues of explorers on the western & eastern profile. 🙂

discoveries monument

discovery monuments (eastern profile)

on the eastern profile, henry the navigator carrying a model of a carrack sailing ship, stands at the front.

discoveries monument

at the discovery monuments

discoveries monument

at the discovery monuments

from the discovery monumnets, we could see the 25rh april bridge, lisbon’s “golden gate bridge”. 🙂

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

view from top of discovery monuments 

view from top of discovery monuments

admission is €4 for adults. there are family, school & senior citizen concessions.

there is a small marina on the east side of the monuments.

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

& view of cristo rei (Christ the King) across the tagus river, lisbon’s equivalent to rio de janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer. 🙂

view of cristo rei from discovery monuments

view of cristo rei from discovery monuments

& a zoomed-in look at the christo rei….

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

view7 from top of discoveries monument

view from top of discovery monuments

view from top of discovery monuments 

view from top of discovery monuments

on the western side is the tower of belem in the distance.

view3 from top of discovery monuments

jeronimos monastery

& looking back, the monastery & the gardens.

we took a short stroll to the belem tower & the jardim da torre de belem.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

belem tower, alongside jeronimos monastery, is a UNESCO world heritage site.

it was built in a similar late gothic manueline architectural style with cloister & charming loggia on a small island in the tagus & connected to the shore, completed in 1519 in the early 16th century.

jardim da torre de belem

jardim da torre de belem

jardim da torre de belem

jardim da torre de belem

the park & open space in front of the tower.

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

Belem Tower

after the belem tower, we took a cab back to apartment for just €8.10 though cab driver appropriated & did not return change for €10. 🙂

for 4pax it was quite convenient & more economical way to travel. the tram 15e was €2.85pax & took a long time & also we would need to change to the subway or walk back to the apartment from the ribeira at cais do sorde

c.h.e.f andy