Chapitô à Mesa is a restaurant with stunning views over Lisbon…providing you get a seat on the terrace. We have arrived at 7.30 when it opens because we know it is very popular. We join a long snaking queue made up of those who have reserved a table and those hopefuls, like ourselves, who haven’t. We do get a table but not one on the terrace!
We both order a glass of Elan Tinto – a red Douro wine which is perfectly acceptable but not exciting. Rock decides to have the smoked salmon with aubergine purée. She is disappointed with the quality of the smoked salmon and she finds the aubergine purée to be almost tasteless. I am having the fresh fish of the day – which is sea bass. The sea bass is beautiful and perfectly cooked. However, it is accompanied by an unappealing selection of vegetables that have been overcooked. There is nothing very interesting about the presentation of the dishes.
Hopeful that the situation can be recovered by dessert we order the “granja”, described as a goat’s cheesecake served with figs, caramelised fennel and almond cookies. It looks nothing like a cheesecake when it arrives and the ‘cookie’ has been lost in translation. It is simply a nut brittle made with almonds. I like the flavours but Rock thinks the whole dish is just clumsy.
This may be a great place for a view ….but I’m not sure we will be joining the queue again!