Évora, Portugal

May 2014

In the narrow and quieter streets of the famous Evora ask the locals for Luar de Janeiro and they will point you in the right direction. The restaurant glass door opens onto a small square room with a glass door fridge full of typical homemade desserts, one big round table and a long bar separating from the open kitchen where the chefs cook traditional chicken pies and other local specialities. The main room is very quiet and the elegant people at the tables look like regular customers. After you’ve taken your seat they bring you some mixed antipasti to start with: aged goat cheese, olives beans and tuna salad, mushrooms with coriander, bread baked in the wooden oven, white melon and Iberico ham. The menu is a triumph of grilled meat and fish, prepared according to ancient local recipes and served in abundant portions. Lisbon is not short of juicy tropical fruit (mango, pineapple and melon), which give this typically continental meal the exotic taste of far away islands.



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