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EHDN 2008 - About Lisbon - Food & Drink -

Gastronomy

Lisbon is the ideal destination for good food lovers. It is possible to find restaurants with typical food and excellent service, which is supported by the Portuguese themselves – because they love good food too.

The Lisbon region offers a wide range of typical dishes and excellent wines to be enjoyed at its many restaurants. Because of its location by the sea, Lisbon and its surroundings are ideal to try delicious fish dishes.

'Bacalhau' (dried, salted cod) prepared in a 1001 ways is the national Portuguese dish. 'Bacalhau a Bras' (salt cod fried with eggs and potatoes), 'Pataniscas de Bacalhau' (salt cod fritter) or 'Bacalhau Cozido' are dishes that simply should be tasted.

The 'Pasteis de Belem' in particular is a must of the desserts and cakes offered in the bars and restaurants. The 'Pasteis de Belem' is made from a special receipts that belonged to a friar from the Mosteiro de Jerónimos they have been a delight to Portuguese taste buds for over 160 years.

To accompany the excellent food the Portuguese offer a wide variety of wines. Red or white vine and 'vinho verde' (a young slightly sparkling wine) all with different characteristics according to their region of origin are the perfect completion of your menu.
 
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Portugal's most famous wine is Port, sweet and syrupy, which can be either red or white, and is drunk as an aperitif or after a meal. The Port we know today has been made since the 1830s. It was developed as a result of trading alliances between Great Britain and Portugal.

Coffee is a veritable institution in Portugal. People tend to drink coffee in cafés rather than at home. It is served in small shots, very strong and known as 'Bica'.