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Typical Portuguese dishes include grilled fish and barbecued meat, seafood stews (cataplana), smoked sausage, suckling pig, homemade cheeses, melt-in-the-mouth pastries and tasty tapas. But the most famous of all is Portugal’s national dish, bacalhau (dried salted cod), which can be prepared in over 300 different ways.
With a coastline that’s 1,794 kilometres (1,115 miles) long, it’s hardly surprising that seafood is such a staple, with sea bass, bream, hake, mackerel, sardines, salmon, trout and prawns all featuring extensively on menus in the Algarve and in the seaside cities of Lisbon and Porto.
Inland, dining in Portugal is heartier, concentrating on cured, grilled and barbecued meats alongside local favourites such as black pudding, tripe, roast kid, wild boar, rabbit and duck, usually shredded and mixed with rice.
Most restaurants in Portugal are good value. In Lisbon, Porto, along the Algarve and down the Douro Valley, you can enjoy delicious dishes in some of Portugal’s best fine-dining restaurants – the sort of places where enterprising young chefs are reimagining Portuguese cuisine from a contemporary perspective. Two of the best examples are Eleven (Rua Marquês da Fronteira) in Lisbon and Pedro Lemos in Porto (Rua do Padre Luís Cabral 974).
You don’t have to visit a famous restaurant to find somewhere to eat well in Portugal, however. Some of the best places include Lisbon and Porto’s atmospheric, 20th-century cafes and enormous food markets. Try the Time Out Mercado da Ribeira (Av. 24 de Julho 49) in Lisbon, the wonderful 19th-century Mercado do Bolhão (Rua Formosa 214) in Porto and the Feira de Barcelos (Campo da República) in Barcelos; the largest farmers market in Portugal.
Most restaurants in Portugal showcase a diverse collection of top class Portuguese wines. Portugal’s slightly sparkling vinho verde or ‘green wine’ is produced in the Minho province and goes well with seafood.
With meatier meals, try the full-bodied reds from the Douro and Alentejo, which are not dissimilar to wine from Burgundy in France. And for an aperitif or dessert wine, sip on one of Portugal’s most famous wines: Porto’s fortified port or any one of the four varieties of sweet Madeira.