MERCADO DA RIBEIRA
Last month I visited Lisbon and explored Time Out's only fixed food market, the space’s concept is simple: to promote Portuguese cuisine and its products. I liked it so much I ate there twice in 5 days...with 34 food stalls to choose from once is simply not enough.
The market offers a vast array of dishes, from Lisbon's finest restaurants, playing with Portuguese flavours at low-cost prices (€5 for marinated mackerel with gazpacho at Alexandre Silva). Other greats include Marlene Vieira (Avenue), Vítor Claro (Claro) and Dieter Koschina (Vila Joya).
Food stalls also line the market selling regional specialities, including Azeitão sheep's cheese, plates of ham from the Alentejo, and custard tarts from award-winning cafe Aloma. Tins of sardines in beautiful retro packaging at the Conserveira de Lisboa and chocolates from Arcádia which made great presents to take home.
In the middle of the market you’ll find beverage suggestions anything from delicious wines from Garrafeira Nacional to Super Bock on tap - score, or for the more wholesome Compal, which serves delicious natural juices and smoothies.
WHAT WE ATE...
There are many great concepts here, first up Croqueteria offering not only traditional croquettes but gourmet alternatives. I opted for a cuttlefish ink and chocolate and chorizo...both equally delicious.
The amazing honey ice cream, goats cheese, blackberry and almond salad. I highly recommend.
Gourmet sardines on toast, they might not look that much but trust me this was one of the best things I have ever spent €5 on.
Crisp crunchy crackling and soft tender meat, sticky and delicious served with a light asian spiced pea puree and bok choy.
PEIXEARIA - O PREGO
“Prego” is a Portuguese version of a burger. It’s not made with minced meat, instead, it’s with a beef steak. Or in the case of Peixaria, a word which stands for Fish Shop, some burgers are also made with Cod, Tuna or shrimp and squid, all served in different types of bread, like carob or Madeira’s traditional flat bread “Bolo do Caco”. I had the cod - oh my gawd!