Lunch@Mercado da Ribeira, Lisbon

Whether it’s Borough Market in London or the Torverhallerne in Copenhagen, food markets have proved to be a great place to visit and a smart choice for lunch. Today we are in Lisbon and heading for the Mercado da Ribeira. This has been Lisbon’s main food market since 1892 and these days it includes a food court with a broad range of potential places to dine. Some are under the names of top chefs, others just focus on interesting specialities.

After a quick tour looking at menus from around Portugal, as well as other parts of the world from Italy to Japan, we settle on Lisbon chef Miguel Castro e Silva. When we order our food we are given a device which will flash when the food is ready to be collected.

We are both feeling the heat and need something to help cool us down. Rock has a glass of chilled Moscatel while I have a glass of Super Bock, a pale lager from the Portuguese Unicer Brewery.

Rock is having the Iscas de bacalhau – basically codfish fritters served with a tartare mayonnaise and french fries. Not that sophisticated but very good. I have the onglet steak which has been sautéed with laurel and garlic and served in a bowl of richly flavoured broth. What a fabulous start to our holiday!

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Wade and Rock are a UK based couple who love good food and wildlife and love travelling to find it. Wade does most, but not all, of the writing and the photography. Rock shares the eating experience and tells Wade when planned posts fall short on sense or style or taste. In the opinion of Wade (and many of our friends) she is also a fabulous baker. WadeandRockandFood mainly consists of reviews of restaurants and pubs we have recently visited. WadeandRockandWildlife and WadeandRockandPlaces are mostly photoblogs.

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