Apr 19

Seafood at PINÓQUIO

by in Where to eat

A guest from Paris pulled a ragged scrap of paper from her pocket during the neighborhood Pinóquio Restauranttour:  “I was told I must eat here. Pinóquio Restaurant.”

“Never heard of it,” I replied, standing a few meters from the front door.

Not long afterwards I read an article about the local theater scene which ended with “What’s an evening of Lisbon theater without Pinóquio’s salted prawns?”

It’s rather embarrasing to admit that I’ve walked every guest past the front door since we started VisitingPortugal in 2003.  Decorated in two uninspired shades of green, it’s tucked into the SE corner of the Praça dos Restauradores.  The salted prawns “appetizer”, a €33 silver bowl of simply prepared, wonderfully fresh shrimp that easily feeds two, is often not on the menu; you need to ask for it.  The waiters, despite their green attire, are charming and the food is excellent.  A recent guest gave it three thumbs up.

What’s a visit to Lisbon without Pinóquio?

Pinóquio Praça dos Restauradores 79; telephone 213 465 106

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