Best-Ever Food Guide: Where To Eat And Drink In Lisbon

Lisbon’s food and beverage scene has flourished marvelously over the years.

Lisbon is now a global foodie destination where travelers can indulge in world-class Portuguese cuisine in fabulous restaurants. The bar scene is also coming up nicely with crafty mixologists concocting one-of-a-kind cocktails in unique venues. You definitely won’t be starved for choice when looking for where to eat in Lisbon. But here are the essential restaurants and bars that travelers can’t miss to experience the best food and drink in Lisbon.

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Can the Can Lisboa

Praça do Comércio 82 83, 1100-148 Lisboa, Portugal

CAN THE CAN takes Portugal’s historic passion for canned food and turns it into a high-end gourmand experience. According to CAN THE CAN, canning is the “oldest and most beloved” industry in Portugal. The restaurant opened in 2012 with the goal of promoting its national canning industry, to show “that Portuguese tinned fish are an exclusive product, with an enormous tradition and quality, which can be used with a combination of fresh ingredients, highlighting the quality of preparation and presentation.”

CAN THE CAN offers a very distinct dining experience you definitely won’t find anywhere else, because all the products served are exclusively Portuguese. The restaurant produces all of the unique Portuguese fish products that aren’t widely-known, such as muxama, bottarga, fish liver foie gras and swordfish belly bacon. What you order might appear like a charcuterie board, but look again. Instead of cured meats, you’ll find cured cuts of tuna pastrami, swordfish and muxama (tuna loin) with pickles, fennels and roasted almonds. The Bottarga is one of the star must-try items on the menu. The high-end cuts of codfish roe cured in fleur de sel are rich in both flavor and texture.

The most cutting-edge product that’s on spotlight at CAN THE CAN is garum, a fermented fish sauce made with fish from Lusitanian waters by the in-house brand, Selo de Mar. Garum is a powerfully flavorful condiment which you can use to add distinct fish flavors such as cuttlefish, tuna, sardine and anchovies to dishes. The tartar is perfect for trying out the garum condiments. You can take a dropper to add small sprinkles of cuttlefish, sardine or anchovy garum to the tartar in order to give it an even more powerful taste of the ocean.

Other than the unique fish cold cuts, CAN THE CAN has a fantastic all-day menu which goes from breakfast to dinner. There are lots of fun tapas that are sure crowd-pleasers like octopus croquettes and tuna samosas. Main dishes include hearty comfort foods like an Azores cheeseburger, black linguini with shrimp and steak with black beer sauce. At CAN THE CAN, you can try experimental interpretations and elaborations of one-of-a-kind products that are undoubtedly Portuguese.

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Bread. PHOTO NADIA CHO
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Bottarga. PHOTO NADIA CHO

 

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Cured fish. PHOTO NADIA CHO

 

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Pudding with muxama. PHOTO NADIA CHO

 

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Tuna tartar. PHOTO NADIA CHO