In this area around Alameda there are quite a number of amazingly cheap, and decent, restaurants - 25 euros will easily feed and drink a couple from starters through wine, main course, dessert and coffee - and we'd expected this to be "just another" one of those.
But it isn't!
We arrived at about 9pm on a Thursday night and were somewhat surprised to find the place nearly full - but, unlike many places in Lisbon (and elsewhere) there were enough staff to cope so we were quickly seated and given menus.
I confess up-front that I'm partial to good wine, and the list here is excellent - everything from cheap house wine to more expensive (and hard to find), classy wines were on offer - and not at unnecessarily inflated prices. They were out of the first I chose, but they had a bottle of the 1999 Quinta da Gaivosa Reserva. They brought it to the table, with a decanter and ice-bucket (red wine, yes, but it was a little warm and I'd asked for the bucket) and, to their credit, pointed out that the cork was a little blown, and, despite the manager's very careful attempts to remove the cork intact, it broke. So we went to plan C - a Carmo 1994 which was excellent. Later, the manager had obviously been able to remove the cork and salvage some of the wine which he graciously offered to us - spectacular.
The food here is a little more expensive than in many of the other 2000 Lisbon restaurants, but we're always happy to pay a bit more if we get a bit more quality, and here we certainly did (although I'm not a fan of "crisps" instead of "proper" chips).
Excellent and friendly service throughout - even without the impressive wine list I'd be happy to eat here again, which we most certainly will.
If you're in the area and want something a little better, or you're a fan of great wines, this place is well worth it.
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