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Taste the fall in the city

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Taste the fall in the city

Warm up your soul with Blue's Portuguese food

It is in one of those corners that seems to sum up all the charm of Lisbon, which is one of the big news of The Vintage Hotel & Spa in Lisbon. In Blue, a large room that invites you to stay, we see the intensity of the Portuguese connection to the sea, in all the details of the decoration, as we prove in the letter thought by the executive chef João Silva. But there is more to it than that. The bet goes to the national cuisine, cooked today and made with local products. This is precisely what one notices at the first bites of the octopus with sweet potato mash, one of the entrances, which slides with unusual lightness. The dish is part of the all-day menu, which includes a number of other dishes to share, such as poached egg and hunting sausage with organic mushrooms or Dijon mustard calf woodpecker. There is also an executive menu from € 14, for those who are in a hurry, or quick and appetizing proposals, such as the ham toast with Castelo Branco cheese.

For dinner, served from 19h to 23h, more compound dishes are added, with ingredients such as pumpkin, chestnut or hazelnut, perfect for cold days. Absolute highlight for the corvina with lemon confit and sun-dried tomatoes, accompanied by a delicious green risotto seasoned with aromatic herbs – as sweet as it is simple; and also for the chest of chestnut puree and cauliflower crumble. In the desserts, all paths will lead to another crumble, but of pear and Elvas plums with chestnut ice cream – a delight – although we also kept an eye on the prince herb creme brulee.

What? Blue restaurant. At where? The Vintage Hotel & Spa, Rua Barata Salgueiro 55, Lisbon. When? From Monday to Sunday, from 12h to 23h30. Reservations: 21 04 05 415.

Get lost in the alleys of the castle in Lisbon and find Grenache

Walking the streets that approach us to São Jorge Castle in Lisbon is always a way to make good discoveries. At number 12 of the Fradique Patio, opposite the Belmonte Palace, the small Grenache restaurant thinks and cooks big, combining the best of French haute cuisine with national ingredients.

Lisbon's Old Town has become a breeding ground for young chef Philippe Gelfi, who creates contemporary dishes in a very relaxed, bistro-style setting. But don't be fooled by the atmosphere, Philippe himself has stated that his ambition is to get a Michelin star. Of course, those responsible are in love with wine – the name of the restaurant already indicates it, as Grenache is a red grape variety, one of the most produced in the world. So here you are always sure to taste a good glass. In the a la carte menu there are only four starters, four main courses and three desserts. Everything is presented to the rigor and taste, forgive us the rhyme. As anyone warns you, run to Grenache before the first star and choose one of the six-course (€ 64) or eight course (€ 82) tasting menus to make sure what we write.

What? Grenache restaurant. At where? Páteo Dom Fradique 12, Lisbon. When? From Wednesday to Sunday, from 12h to 15h and from 19h to 23h. Reservations: www.grenache.pt or 21 887 1616.

Indulge in Pasta Non Basta's comfort food

Last year the Non Basta group planted its own organic garden and the fruits of this venture made even more sense with the release of this year's season menus. However, the news in Pasta Non Basta is just a complement to the permanent options of the menu and mobile suggestions depend on the seasonality of vegetables and fruits. "The idea is not to mess with the base card so much and have the freedom to use the ingredients at their peak when it really makes sense to consume them," explains Vasco Paiva Raposo, chief operating officer of the group's restaurants.

With autumn toasting us with comfort food, here are guaranteed (for now) the flavors of pumpkin, cabbage, quince and chestnut. The season's menu also marries another new feature in the restaurant, the arrival of executive chef William Blake, who created six new dishes. All are very appetizing, but we suggest starting with Bruschetta Parma and Burrata (€ 8), with arugula and crispy toasted pistachios, moving on to Troffie al Pesto (€ 12), a fresh al dente pasta with Sicilian pesto and roasted almond and ending with Crema di Mascarpone (€ 4), a Mascarpone mousse with seasonal fruit.

It is noteworthy that in addition to the culinary delights – which are in itself an excuse to go to one of the chain's restaurants – Pasta Non Basta will serve as a platform to help two social institutions this holiday season. To help Lar Maria Droste, a foundation designed to educate and educate at-risk teenagers, the restaurant will receive non-perishable food, hygiene products and school supplies by December 22. Already to make a difference with Pinheiro Bombeiro, the initiative that gives a new use to cut pine to keep the land clean and prevent fires, customers will find a pine tree in each of the restaurants, in order to sensitize them. to the importance of environmental protection. These pines are rented and part of the value of this rental goes to the Fire Department. Then all the trees will be returned and turned into biomass.

What? Pasta Non Basta Restaurant. At where? Elias Garcia 180 Avenue or Marquesa Alorna 17B Street, Lisbon. When? From Monday to Thursday from 12h to 15h and from 19h to 22h30, Friday from 12h to 15h and from 19h to 23h30, Saturday from 12h30 to 23h30 and Sunday from 12h30 to 22h30.

. (tagsToTranslate) autumn (t) letter (t) gastronomy (t) Lisbon (t) chef (t) restaurant (t) Blue (t) The Vintage Hotel & Spa (t) Grenache (t) Pasta Non Basta

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