- Posted April 22, 2012 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Who taught you to love food?
Eat and Drink Cheap in Portugal.
How to eat and drink without going broke in an continent that became expensive to Americans.
One of the great joys of life for me, it is to sit at a restaurant, on any country I am visiting and have a meal that I can say: “What a meal and I still got money in my pocket!”
In the capital city of Lisbon, Portugal, walking thru the old quarter of Bairro Alto, looking for a Restaurant, I came across of a small but charming restaurant with a great name. “Faca e Garfo” or (Knife and Fork”).
I walked in and I found a very and comfortable Southern European setting of ochre, and colorful tiles in its walls .
At the table, I found a menu full of good Portuguese gastronomy and an even better wine list. All this served by a pleasant feminine face named Celia that spoke good English. Celia with her husband Joao, are the proud owners and run this delightful place.
After a difficult decision, I chose as starters, some mountain country cheese, olives and small basket of warm bread. For the main dish, a well served medium rare stake, in a fabulous sauce of cream and coffee, together with vegetables, French fries and rice. It is a very Portuguese tradition to include on your dish these two items. To drink, I had a local red house whine. To end this gift of the Gods, I chose a dessert of cream and Chocolate mixed with crumbled “Oreo cookies” plus a Portuguese brandy and an “espresso” coffee. All this for a price approximate 22Euros or US$28.00. For two it would cost you approximate 35Euros or US$42.00.
For the ones looking for food bargains, “Faca e Garfo” restaurant at Rua da Condessa #2, Carmo area in downtown Lisbon is the place to go. No reservation is needed.
In a European Continent where a simple meal can go easily US$70+ a couple, Portugal is a real bargain gastronomically. The food is rich, good, that will satisfy any palate.