Atalho Real in Lisbon, Portugal
A Meat-lover’s Paradise!
Guys, I literally could not wait to share details of this amazing restaurant! I’m currently on the plane back to London, typing furiously. I ate there just a few hours ago but guys the food touched my soul *sobs*
Okay, I’ll dial it back a little bit – they call me the drama llama at work and I best not give them any further ammunition haha – but seriously that meal was everything! Right, let’s back-pedal a little: Hi guys, how are you doing? Long time no-post from my side but I’ve just been living the baby girl life out in these streets – and dealing with a few life things, but more on that another day. I mentioned I was on a flight back home to London, context: on Monday morning I booked a flight to Lisbon, Portugal and was on the flight by 7am on Tuesday (that’s how I roll now, apparently – yassssss hunny)
So I spent two and a bit days in Lisbon – short and sweet (blog post coming soon) – and on my last day (i.e. today) I discovered the amazing Atalho Real. At the start of the trip I had grand plans to find a million restaurants to try out and fulfil my foodie needs. However, with the heat I could barely manage two meals a day, let alone the four or so I would have needed to fit in all my restaurant goals. Today though, I was determined to go out with a bang. I decided on this steakhouse as I hadn’t eaten much red meat on this trip. I checked out of the hotel, left my bag with the concierge and set out on the 48-minute walk from my hotel to the restaurant. (Yes, 48 minutes – Trailwalker has changed me guys!)
The walk led me to the gates of a pretty looking building with a couple of seating areas outside. Turns out the restaurant was actually converted from the old kitchen of the Embaixada Palace. As I made my way inside I was greeted warmly by the waitress and offered a table inside a simply-decorated, high-ceilinged dining area. I couldn’t wait to order!
For starters, I chose the “Pica-pau” – sliced tenderloin steak served with delicious crusty bread they call “bolo do caco” and two dipping sauces. Note that up until this point I still wasn’t sure if this place would live up to my expectations, until I tasted it – WOW! Tender and juicy, well-balanced by the dips – one mustard-based, and the other I believe was Molho Cru, a Portuguese sauce similar to chimichurri.
As I had a taste of the steak for starters, I opted for lamb chops as my main and I was not disappointed! Offered with two sides, I chose the gratin dauphinois and mixed salad. Of course I had to get the full experience and partner it with red wine; I decided to try the local Palha Canas. Now one thing I must mention was the serving size, the waitress did not hold back on the wine – my glass was practically full. When someone pours you a glass that large, you just say thank you and thank God! 😀
Back to my lamb chops – one bite and I was melting; I literally could not keep the smile off my face. Again, super tender and just so well-flavoured. Combined with the potatoes, perfectly crispy on the outsides and creamy on the inside *sigh*. Just writing about it is making me hungry again.
So all this: starter, main, (massive) glass of wine – plus a bottle of coke because I deserved it after my hike in the sun 😀 – for under 30 Euros. Money very well spent!
I couldn’t recommend it enough, if you’re a meat lover and you find yourself in Lisbon this place is a definite must-try. Check out the Atalho Real website.
My rating: a strong 9/10.