Your reservation is all set for tonight at 100 Maneiras. They will be holding a table for 2 at 7:30pm under the name "Marivic". If you arrive later than 7:45pm, they may give your table to a stand by reservation. On Friday nights they usually get a lot of last minute reservations and a waiting list forms, so its a good idea to be there on time.
This is not a restaurant that Paolo recommends to a lot of people, you and your husband must be serious foodies, and Paolo picked up on it. I think you will be delighted and impressed with this special place.
Rua do Teixeira, 35
Phone: 210 990 475 (Call them if you are late or lost)
I got this email from Antonio right after our enjoyable walking tour with our tour guide, Paolo. I don't think we are "serious foodies", but we like to try all kinds of food wherever we are: holes-in-the-wall, popular restaurants, degustation places and even a foodcourt. All get equal attention and patronage from us.
The multi-awarded chef of 100 Maneiras, Ljubomir Stanisic, is originally from Bosnia. He arrived in Portugal 15 years ago, and fell in love with the cuisine. 100 Maneiras has been voted among the top ten restaurants in Portugal some years back, and his wine list has also won awards (they give out awards for a wine list?)
The small restaurant filled up quickly
There were going to be 5 to 6 glasses of wine paired with the each of the dishes, and since neither of us really drink, we decided just one of us would order the wine pairings and we'd just share (we're also cheap that way).
This is an ingenious way to serve kropeck, don't you think? On the menu it's listed as "Codfish Clothesline."
Then we had cauliflower and truffle cream, shrimp, sprouts and hazelnut. A delicious savory start. I had notes on each of these dishes because I wanted to write about it...but I can't find that little notebook now.
Duck and Foie Gras carpaccio.
Seared scallop with fleur de del, potato foam and sunchoke chips.
Game Stew Canneloni with mushrooms.
Sauteed sea bream with saffron and lime risotto. This was my favorite of all.
Black Pepper and basil granite as a palate cleanser.
Then the last savory dish, a pork loin crusted in smoked sausage with parsley with hazelnut cream. Everything we had so far was very, very good. And the shared wine...hic...(what a lightweight!) was a brilliant idea, instead of skipping it altogether.
Banana ice cream and orange and Maria cookie cream.
The desserts weren't as impressive as the savory dishes, so it was a bit of a let down.
And this chocolate cake with pennyroyal gelatin and strawberry sorbet was a bit of a flat ending to a delicious line-up. But everything else was good. The service was also impeccable. The waiters explained each dish and accompanying wine very thoroughly.
Paolo was right. For the quality of the meal, it was very good value. We were happy with this recommendation.
One of the interior details I noticed was this acrylic barrier that's installed right under the aircon cartridge. It's a clever way to diffuse the annoying drafts from these overhead units. (Yes I know--what a thing to notice).
The restaurant was about a ten-minute walk from our hotel, so we stepped out into the night we had a leisurely stroll back.
This was a perfect ending to a short but activity-packed stay in Portugal with only a couple of nights in Lisbon. We were thrilled that our walking tour earlier in the afternoon led to this dinner, only because B's inquisitive