One of Lisbon’s best museums is the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation in the Avenidas Novas neighborhood. It’s collection of art is outstanding and the park it sits on is one of the prettiest in the city. However, both restaurants in the museum’s grounds leave a lot to be desired. The food there is fine, just not great…and if you walk 5 minutes outside of the park, you can get some amazing meals that will cost anywhere from €5-€10 and take you from incredibly simple food to a gourmet meal. If you’re ready to take a super quick walk and save some bucks after working up an appetite after some museum going, check out the following spots (they are listed in order of cheapest to most expensive):
A simple bar/cafe that offers a few food options including a frango a passarinho (fried chicken plate) for €3.50, a Bifana (Portuguese roll w/ a slice of pork inside) for €1.50 or a burger for €1.50. Both the fried chicken plate and the bifana were incredibly tasty.
Luca Luca is located at Avenida Elias Garcia N 165.
O NiThis tiny place offers both traditional Portuguese dishes like arroz de pato (Portuguese rice with duck), and delicious African dishes such as Moamba de Galhina (An Angolan chicken stew) and Cachupa (a Cape Verde bean stew). Dishes here start at €4 for lunch and the portions are quite healthy. O Ni is located at R. Marquês Sá da Bandeira 86B +351 926 194 181 Siam Square They have one of the best lunch deals in town. From Monday through Friday, you can pick almost any dish in their menu for a mere €6. There are about 40 dishes on the menu, so that’s a lot of choice. We recommend the Pad ped gaeng deng, a shrimp curry in red coconut sauce. Siam Square is located at Av. Luís Bívar 7 +351 21 316 0529 Tendinha Arganilense This is a tiny place on Avenida Valbom with outdoor seating. The food is simple traditional Portuguese food (more specifically from a region in Coimbra), but it is tasty and filling. Dishes here will cost you between €5.90 to €8.90 and include delicious meatballs served with fries, grilled dorado, and febras de porco. Tendinha Arganilense is located at Av. Conde Valbom 84 Expressoes
This is one of the most expensive places on the list (and you can certainly rack up a large bill for dinner), but the quality of food you get is outstanding (the others listed here are nice – this is outstanding). The restaurant offers weekday lunch specials which include a couvert (bread/butter), a main, a drink and coffee for €10. The food here should cost significantly more than that (and they do charge higher and fair, but not exorbitant prices when this deal is not being run). The menu changes often, but pretty much anything you get here will be delicious. They also have a fantastic wine list and a shop out front where you can purchase a bottle to go and some Portuguese goods. If we were to pick one restaurant from this list that you must eat at, this is it.
Expressoes de Nossa Terra is located at R. Latino Coelho 63A 351 21 357 0601 If you’re in the area, we recommend that you also check out El Corte Ingles for shopping, the Church of Nossa Senhora do Rosario de Fatima if you’re into architecture, Parque Eduardo VII, Campo Pequeno and the Estufa Fria Greenhouse. Know of other deliciously cheap restaurants in the area? Leave their name & address in the comments so we can check them out!