OUR ULTIMATE FOOD GUIDE TO THE BEST PORTUGUESE FOOD: WHAT TO EAT & WHERE

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OUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO
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THE BEST PORTUGUESE FOOD

THE BEST PORTUGUESE FOOD:
WHAT TO EAT & WHERE

Whether you want to indulge in a popular Pastel de Nata, fine dine with fresh quality seafood or snack on sun-ripened fruit and cheese, our gastronomic guide to the best Portuguese food is sure to hit the spot. Discover the countrys traditional dishes and where to grab a table and try them

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BACALHAU

Best portuguese food

Bacalhau is a delicious dried, salted codfish and one of Portugals most traditional dishes. There are hundreds of different recipes for savouring this favoured fish, but the most popular has to be Bacalhau a Bras – a classic combination of onions, potato, olives, parsley, egg and, of course, salted cod. Seafood lovers can find the perfect plate in Lisbon, where restaurants Laurentina and Sacramento do Chiado specialise in this classic cod.

PETISCOS PARTY

Best portuguese food

Whether you fancy a light bite or want to indulge in a little bit of everything, Petiscos is the answer. Translated as Portugals version of Spanish Tapas (basically), these small yet satisfying snacks are a dream for the indecisive, with cold, warm, meat, fish, stewed, raw and more fab finger-food options. Plus theyre great for social gatherings, especially as theyre often located in wine bars. Youll find a handful of Petiscos spots in Porto (where much of the menu is influenced from) so you can mix and match with Petingas (small deep fried sardines), Moelas (chicken gizzards in tomato sauce), Peixinhos da horta (battered green beans), Tabua de Queijos (a selection of national cheese) and more – smaller portions means double the amount, right?!

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QUEIJO SERRA DA ESTRELA

Fromage fans will find themselves in taste-bud heaven once theyve taken a bite of Portugals magnificent mountain cheese, Queijo Serra da Estrela. Produced on Serra da Estrela, the highest mountain in central Portugal, this gooey delight has a silky smooth texture, bright yellow colour and an unmistakable flavour – plus its made with milk from Bordaleria breed sheep. Head to Celorico da Beira (the capital of Serra da Estrela cheese) where you can hit the Farmer and Cheese Museum and stock up on the good stuff in Sabores da Serra cheese shop – you wonbrie disappointed!

AMEIJOAS A BULHAO PATO

Best portuguese food

If you’re a seafood fan, then the gorgeous beach town of Praia da Rocha is a great spot for gastronomic delights. Cervejaria E Marisqueira is a spectacular restaurant chain located in Praia da Rocha, Portimao, and many other popular seaside resorts; and it serves one of the most delicious dishes in the Portuguese cuisine -Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato. The dish (named after 19th century Lisbon poet and famous gourmand Bulhão Pato) consists of fresh juicy clams sizzling with garlic, Vinho Verde – Portugal’s iconic green wine - and Cilantro. What better place to wine and dine than by the sea?

CALDO VERDE 

Best portuguese food

If youre craving a hearty bowl of soup, Caldo Verde is a classic. This enriching recipe will warm not only your stomach, but your entire soul, with a healthy dose of potatoes, garlic, kale and smoked sausage – with a side of crunchy Pao com Chourico (toasted bread with sizzling pork sausage). Youll find this slurp-sensation across the country, but it you want the original recipe, it originated in Minho, northern Portugal – spoons at the ready! 

ROJOES

Its no secret that Portugal is a meat-loving country and if youve got a taste for Pork, then youre in luck, as its made its way into most dishes on the menu – including desserts! Rojoes a Moda do Minho is a tasty and tender dish of boneless pork marinated in Vinho Verde (a Portuguese white wine), garlic, bay leaves, paprika and seasoning before marinating further in pigs blood – we promise it adds to the flavour! While this recipe was also created in Minho, its loved all-over.

PASTEL DE NATA

Best portuguese food

Nothing will satisfy your sweet tooth quite like a Pastel de Nata, Portugals famous custardy, eggy, bite-sized tart – its the best. Youll find these delicious drops of heaven in every bakery (pretty much world-wide), but Lisbons Pasteis de Belem is recognised for serving some of the tastiest in town. Dont worry about over-indulging either; this city is full of steep hills sure to up your steps!

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FRANCESINHA SANDWICH

Best portuguese food

If a Scooby Snack is on the cards, then the almighty meat and cheese-packed Francesinha sandwich is sure to satisfy those stomach rumbles. Picture a chunky doorstep sandwich layered with pork, smoked sausage, beef, bacon, a fried egg and a hearty coat of melted cheese, topped with a meaty sauce – not forgetting a towering portion of chips on the side, of course. The best place to buy one of these belly-busters is from A Cantarinha Café, in Porto, but you can find them in various cafes across Lisbon.

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