Av. Almirante Reis nº1 – H / 1150-007 Lisboa, Portugal
Opening Hours: 12:00 – 00:30 – Closed on Mondays
Seafood * Garlic * Bread. These three ingredients are the culinary mainstay of one of Lisbon’s most loved Cervejarias and without a doubt one of the most frantic dining experiences I’ve had this side of South-East Asia. Don’t let the 80s interior or simple trestle tables fool you! While you might find yourself intimately rubbing elbows with your neighbour, Cervejaria Ramiro is everything you want for your seafood: fresh (as in alive 30 seconds prior to serving), covered in garlic, lemon and fresh herbs and washed down with generous glasses of the local beer. The clams were a personal favourite but there is something here for every seafood lover.
In typical Iberian fashion, the waiters here (as in many places throughout the peninsula) take their job very seriously and have turned service into a finely-tuned act. They won’t write down your orders and seem to have a knack for knowing the moment your plate (or glass) will be empty. There’s a lot of waving and yelling and because I can’t speak a word of Portuguese (perhaps for the better) this just adds to the pace of this place.
You can’t (really) book in advance, so expect to queue for at least 20-30 minutes with a quirky mix of well-heeled locals and in-the-know tourists. But I promise you that it is well worth the wait. Prices are a bit more than the local average but it’s definitely worth every extra escudo – and the beer only comes in at a cool €2 per glass, if that’s any consolation!
Afterwards, if you’re feeling heady from all the garlic fumes and softer around the edges thanks to the beer, lunch is best followed by a long, lazy walk through the Alfama – the oldest barrio in Lisbon and the only part of the city to survive the 1755 Lisbon Earthquake…but more on that later, bom apetite!
Happy travelling, Moey xx
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