That’s exactly how we envisaged it: there is a new restaurant, down by the Tejo river, in a rather sloppy neighborhood of Lisbon though, named Cais do Sodre, a former red-light district, a station area and ferry terminal. The “Restaurant Ibo”: old brickworks, reconstructed, stylish renovated, with generous facilities, a little terrace, directly at the riverfront. They serve a culinary potpourri: much of characteristics for the country (Portugal), a touch of African (Mozambique) with a shot of India (Goa). Sounds tempting and so we went there, having been seated in the first floor, it was very calm, cool and simply pure fun to sit there. Enjoying crunchy salads, tasty seafood, exotic, yet decent spiced, fine flavours. A very welcomed, culinary variation!
In the evening we firstly have been unlucky. We wanted to visit the “Sol e Pesca”, the flagship restaurant in the trendy quarter around the Rua Nova do Carvalho. Yet it was July, vacation time, and already at 8.00 pm all tables were gone. Hence we moved on to the “Taberna Tosca”, just a stone’s throw away. A Tapas Bar absolutely to our taste: a table next to the window overlooking the nightly Praca de Sao Paulo, thereto tasty tapas. Here we could sit forever, only eating, drinking and watching. That’s what we were doing quite a while before we decided to move on. There is a new scene café, just here, round the corner, in front of the market halls, not yet six months old but already virtually world-famous. Here, in the “Café Tati”, along with a glass of French, rustic country wine we tried to follow the complex rhythmic of African live music and again we felt confirmed: Lisbon is a very cool city.
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