Castelo de Sao Jorge on 28Mar2016

castelo sao jorge

castelo de sao jorge

castelo de sao jorge, a moorish castle, occupyies a hilltop location in alfama, the ancient district spreading over a charming locality of narrow streets with historical buildings on the tejo esturary between the castle & tagus river.

walking from our apartment to the arc then to castelo

walking from our apartment to the arc then to castelo

after a great hearty breakfast at tartine, we took a walk to arco da rua augusta & the praca do comercio on the way to the castelo.

we followed the tram 28 route, but decided to walk both onward & return journey instead of taking the tram.

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

we passed by the winebar do castelo on the way up, and afterwards having visited the castle we had a most delightful port, chorizo, prosciutto & cheese session at the winebar.

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

Entrance to castelo sao jorge

there were buskers & street artist & stalls peddling artifacts. 🙂

busker playing the austrian hang

busker playing the hang

in particular there was an excellent busker playing the hang.

this guy was just so supergood! ^^

it was just incredible, the soothing sound flowing out with the hand movements, very soothing like the music they play at the spa…

watch the top video. ^^

castelo sao jorge

castelo sao jorge

the castle grounds….

castelo sao jorge

castelo sao jorge

the barbican walls…

the fortified central keep of castelo sao jorge 

the fortified central keep of castelo de sao jorge

the fortified central keep of castelo sao jorge 

the fortified central keep of castelo de sao jorge

a major restoration was undertaken in the 1920s.

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

the castle was designed to withstand long siege & incorporated strong defensive fortifications.

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

& sits on a high vantage point over the tejo estuary…

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

looking over the tagus river..

peacock in the castelo grounds

peacock in the castelo grounds

peacock in the castelo grounds

peacock in the castelo grounds

there was a peacock walking the grounds. beautiful creature. 🙂

View from castelo sao jorge

View from castelo de sao jorge

it was a wonderful place to walk around & loiter & look over the historical buildings & old town..

c.h.e.f andy

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Ticket & Schedule – http://castelodesaojorge.pt/en/tickets-schedule-and-information/

Transport – Bus 37 & Tram 12, 28

Quite Average Food Relatively Expensive Dinner @ Cantinho do Avillez on 28Mar2016

grilled scallops

grilled scallops – €21

cantinho do avillez

cantinho do avillez

we read that jose avillez is one of the most respected chef in portugal, has 4 restaurants in the chiado, and belcanto has earned 2 michelin stars, the first in 2012.

so we made reservation at the next best thing, cantinho do avillez, his canteen on the next road, for more casual dining & easy on the wallet evening outing on 28.3.2016. ^^

daughter wasn’t keen so we went with son for 3pax dinner. 🙂

restaurant was like fully booked & people were waiting at the bar area drinking & then brought to the tables.

bread & dip

bread & dip

bread

bread

there was a cover charge of €2.85pax.

quite ok as we were served nice bread with something like a bearnaise buttery dip.

dip

dip

bread & dip

bread & dip

can’t remember what it was, but it was good with the bread.

tuna tartare

tuna tartare – €11.85

tuna tartare

tuna tartare – €11.85

tuna tartare was with asian sauce.

tasted ok to me, but a far cry from what we had the day before at mercado timeout market la…

heavy & earth i should say both in taste & even in presentation.

wife was totally unimpressed.

scallop cerviche

scallop cerviche – €8.45

scallop ceviche was better. but again quite ordinary.

scallop cerviche2

scallop cerviche

of course it’s still cheaper than an equivalent dish in a good restaurant in singapore. anyway, so so la…

pig trotters with chick peas2

veal trotters? with chick peas – €6.50

pig trotters with chick peas

veal trotters? with chick peas – €6.50

pretty good dish for me. the trotters were like deboned, so only left the gelatinous gummy skin etc.

i should say a tasty dish & something i liked & easy to eat…

lamb with cous cous2

lamb with cous cous – tagine codeiro – €18.45

black pig with cous cous

lamb with cous cous – tagine codeiro – €18.45

son had the lamb.

he certainly liked it. i didn’t mind it too.

but it was like just ok-ish.

for example, the likewise middle-eastern braised lamb shoulder preparation at honey & co london was WAY better than this la…

black pig with black beans

black pig with black beans – €19

black pig & black bean sauce

black pig & black bean sauce – €19

i wanted the alentejano black pig this time. it was good too, charred & flavourful.

but we just had the black pig risotto at scaramento the evening before, & that was considerably better, and came with a very good standard mushroom risotto to boot.

mediocre food

average food ???

wife had the grilled scallops for main (top photo),

clearly competent, and a fair portion. a good main nothing to complain about.

3pax euro115

damage = 3pax euro115

the bill came to €115 for 3pax including bottle of wine.

it’s about same price as what we paid for 4pax at sacramento.

 

ok maybe we were too critical..to be fair food was competent & not really mediocre but just overrated & underwhelming…basically better & cheaper elsewhere la..

quality, quantity, price, overall experience not 1/2 as good as at Sacramento last evening la.

overall, it was still a good meal for me only unimpressed, unlike say at scaramento, mercado ribeira timeout market, & later at DOP in porto.

c.h.e.f andy

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Cantinho do Avillez
+ 351 21 199 23 69
Rua dos Duques de Bragança, 7
1200-162 Lisboa

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday: 12.30-15.00 and 19.00-00.00
Saturday and Sunday: 12.30-00.00
Closed on public holidays: For dinner 24 December and all day 25 December

Delightful Port, Chorizo & Cheese @ Winebar do Castelo on 28Mar2016

ruby port & tawny port - proscuitto 24months & 36months, 3 chorizos & cheese...3 port, 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo

3 port, 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo

this winebar was recommended by son. he came with a friend some years back. 🙂

it’s a nice place. we saw it on the way to castelo de sao jorge, so after the castle we stopped by & enjoyed the port & cheese on 28.3.2016. ^^

wine bar do castelo

wine bar do castelo

it’s a cosy little place, with limited seating. 🙂

wine bar do castelo3

wine bar do castelo

good recommendations also by tripadvisor. 🙂

ruby port & tawny port

ruby port & tawny port

we were introduced to white port, ruby port & tawny port.

port are wine produced from red grapes grown in the duoro valley & fortified by addition of garpe neutral spirit (brandy) to stop fermentation, & so sweeter. tawny port has prolonged slow oxidation in wooden casks. it turns amber brown colour & is smoother, nutty & taste like brandy.

We had 2 ruby port €6 each & a tawny port €9

We picked 2 ruby port €6 each & a tawny port €9

we picked 3 port – 2 ruby port €6 each & a tawny port €9.

& a platter comprising 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo to share among 4pax. 🙂

olives & bread

olives & bread

the bread as always were very good.

the olives here also good quality, not the bery cheap salty type eg we had at a porto market

extra virgin olive oil & compote

extra virgin olive oil & compote

very good extra virgin olive oil.

& with the cheese & chorizo we also had very good fruit jam & compote.

3 chorizos & cheese...3 port, 3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo(2)

3 proscuitto, 4 cheese, 3 chorizo

the platter was really something.

3 very good quality 24mths & 36mths proscuitto (or aged ham) including alentejan black pig, 3 different chorizo & 4 cheese.

proscuitto & chorizo were so flavourful. i enjoyed all of them & the cheese. they were especially good when taken together with the port, though i can’t take much wine or liquor.

this was the best wine & cheese experience i had. service was excellent, with very good introduction & explanation of the port, proscuitto, chorizo & cheese.

c.h.e.f andy

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LISBOA – LISBON, CASTELO DE SÃO JORGE, PORTUGAL
Winebar do Castelo – wine by glass and wine shop. Outstanding Portuguese wines, old Port and Madeira wines. Exceptional selection of the best Portuguese cheeses and fine charcuterie.
Opens daily 12:00 – 22:00
Located on the entrance of St. George Castle, in Lisbon, Portugal.
Address: Rua Bartolomeu de Gusmão, nºs 11 – 13
T: + 351 21 887 9093
E: winebardocastelo@gmail.com