Darwin Cafe (Lisbon)

HIM and I recently celebrated our “2nd wedding” in Portugal – not so much a wedding, but definitely a celebration (you can read all about the food here)… and while we were there – we also decided to spend a day in Lisbon… a place that I hadn’t yet explored (and of course, for HIM being Portuguese – He had been a few times but was willing to pander to my travel needs of exploration :)).

With a group of Brussels-based friends (who had celebrated with us in Santarém) – we walked around the Belém Tower on the banks of the Tagus river…towards the Jerónimos Monastery and then to see the founding place of the Pastéis de Belém (now known as Pastéis De Nata)….

Tower of Belém

Tower of Belém

Jerónimos Monastery

Jerónimos Monastery

 

 

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And then onto lunch – at Darwin’s Cafe…. I can not recommend this place enough! It is just a short walk from the Belém Tower, with parking nearby, on the Tagus River (with inside & terrace dining, excellent food & great service)… What more could you ask for on holiday?

photo credit: their website

photo credit: their website

photo credit - their website

photo credit – their website

the bring a platter to the table with bread, paté & olives (but be warned – this is charged at 2euro per person… but worth it!)

None of us ordered starters & went straight onto Main courses…All 7 of us ordering something different (all mains range between 12-17,50€) – and here are a few pictures….

HIM's Black pork slices, sautéed potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms - 17,50€

HIM’s Black pork slices, sautéed potatoes, spinach, and mushrooms – 17,50€

M's "special menu" duck with veggies

M’s “special menu” duck with veggies

Sarah's Tagliatelline with fresh salmon, coconut sauce and fresh herbs - 13,50€

Sarah’s Tagliatelline with fresh salmon, coconut sauce and fresh herbs – 13,50€

Annabel's Salad with poached pears

Annabel’s “specials menu” Salad with poached pears

Duck fillets on orange risotto - 16,50€

Duck fillets on orange risotto – 16,50€

Most of us ordered desserts – and we were all so eager to tuck in that I only got photo’s of 2 of the desserts – Mine, which was Rhubarb pudding (7,50€)

Not what I thought it would look like - but this Rhubarb pudding was amazing

Not what I thought it would look like – but this Rhubarb pudding was amazing

and Mr Draper’s – which was Mango Carpaccio with crème brûlée (7,00€)

Mr Drapers Mango Carpaccio & creme bruleé dessert

Mr Drapers Mango Carpaccio & creme bruleé dessert

Would I return? ABSOLUTELY yes… when in Lisbon this is a must-visit restaurant!!

Darwin’s Cafe

address: Avenida Brasília Ala B, 1400-038 Lisbon, PORTUGAL

telephone: +351 932 032 579

email: RESERVAS@DARWINCAFE.COM

website: http://www.darwincafe.com

Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12h30-15h30 & 19h30-23h00

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