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!