This hole-in-the-wall place looks like it's always been resident in its steep, cobbled street running up from the River Tagus and the bars of the Bairro Alto. In fact, it opened only a couple of years ago with the aim of recreating the atmosphere and cooking of the simple taverns that were once ubiquitous in working class districts. It serves up strong red wine and hearty snacks, known here as petiscos. The decor is simple—whitewashed walls and marble-topped wood tables. The constantly changing menu is chalked up daily. Recent treats included lemony stewed veal liver, clams steamed with chouriço sausage, and salt cod with chick peas. The traditional Portuguese flavors are sometimes given an exotic touch like local wild mushrooms marinated in miso, or a Brazilian-inspired coconut-and-papaya pudding. The emphasis though is on locally sourced products, including a great selection of wines from the hills around Lisbon. The trick is to order a selection of dishes (at least three for two people) and share. The tavern is small and very popular, so be prepared to join those sipping their wine out in the "street of flowers" while waiting for a table.
A Taberna da Rua das Flores
Rua das Flores 103
Our Rating Neighborhood Chiado Hours Mon–Fri noon–midnight, Sat 6pm–midnight Transportation Metro: Baixa-Chiado; tram: 28 Phone 21/347-9418 Prices Small dishes around 8€ Cuisine Type Portuguese Web site A Taberna da Rua das Flores