After the UK road trips something slightly further afield ... LISBON!!! one thing that I love about travelling is sampling the local food culture and my current favourite is the Portuguese "Snack Bar". These are like a mixture of social club, bar, pastry shop and cafe. As an introduction to Portuguese life it was fascinating sitting and watching the patrons come and go, nipping in for a quick espresso and custard tart before heading back out to street.
My first experience was at the Milu restaurant where the local speciality sausage Alheira was recommended. This was a tasty sausage dish with chips, pickled cauliflower, shredded carrot, rice and topped with a fried egg. Very nicely spiced sausage and English chip shop style chips. The pickled vegetables were a bit of a shock if you were not expecting them! ;)
|Alheira, ovo, batatas frita|
The next experience was the Pastelaria Snack-Bar O Farnel Restaurant where the lunch menu included a hot plate and drink for €5. I chose the pork chops that were marinated and grilled. Served with chips and carrot salad. The meat was surprisingly tasty and well cooked, part of the charm of the Snack-Bar is that it has a rough and ready unpretentious nature .... I'm sure back home this dish would be presented a bit better and charged out at about £10