NileGuide Expert Says:
This restaurant combines romantic appeal with a contemporary edge. The menu is designed by one of the country's most celebrated chefs.
Rua Serpa Pinto, Lisbon, Portugal
21 347 7225
NileGuide Expert tip:
Look out for the aquaria full of free-swimming jellyfish.
Housed within the existing cloisters of the former Convento da Igreja dos Mártires, much of this beautiful and contemporary space sits under 18th-century columns and vaulted ceilings. Washed in a cool apple green décor, one wall of the main restaurant houses aquaria filled with free-swimming jellyfish, their graceful outlines bathed in ultramarine blue. The fushsia coloured mezzanine has additional seating capacity but also works as a chill out lounge where smoking (unusually) is permitted. Miguel Castro e Silva, one of Portugal's most celebrated chefs, has designed a menu that fuses the traditional with the exotic. Seafood options include monkfish and mussels in saffron sauce and hake with shrimps in a light garlic sauce. The fillet steak on sautéed spinach with azeitão cheese sauce and supreme of guinea fowl with apples and ginger exemplify the meat and game. Some of the country's best wines occupy the cellar.