Alfama is the oldest, and arguably the most vibrant, neighbourhood in Lisbon and now there’s a small slice of it in Dublin 14. This new Portuguese restaurant serves up mouthwatering dishes from Lisbon and beyond, including some Irish classics too.
It’s a fantastic place to grab breakfast and lunch, open between 8.30 am – 4 pm Tuesday to Friday and then 10 am until 5 pm on weekends. For breakfast you can indulge in a full Irish breakfast with delicious runny egg yolks that would settle any hangover.
Then there are the Portuguese sandwiches at lunch time that just scream ‘eat me’. If you want an authentic taste of Porto then you have to try the Francesinha, which consists of ham, salami, smoked sausages and steak on bread, covered with a rich tomato sauce and cheese.
The tomato sauce isn’t just any tomato sauce. It’s cooked for 6 hours using prawns, loads of delicious meat and stock. To top it all off, there’s a delicious fried egg on top. Now, if that isn’t perfection then I don’t know what is and we all know somebody who needs to try this sandwich!
Of course, there are also freshly made pasteis de nata, with their velvety custard and flakey pastry and it wouldn’t be a Portuguese place without the coffee! The palace is decorated with beautiful blue tones and dark, wooden furniture, giving it a proper Portuguese feel and once those shutters come down you can see a traditional yellow tram – a very iconic feature of Lisbon.