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Eleven and Gambrinus (in Lisbon)


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I had one of my most memorable meals in lisbon at Gambrinus in 2001. Not so much for the food (which was simple but well-executed), but the atmosphere. It was very much a men's club/steakhouse feel, my GF and i ate at the bar for lunch and sat next to a couple of very nice locals who talked and talked. I had chicken piri-piri, can't remember what she had, pork and clams maybe. Combined with a nice old red it was a good lunch, i'd recommend it but wouldn't organize around it.

The best meal we had was at Sua Excelência in Lapa...Angolan and Portugese food served in a dining room that looked like an empty wedding reception hall during a power outage. We immediately regretted being there because it looked like some sort of trap, but we had very good food (again I had chicken, a moamba, great) and extremely helpful and subtly attentive service.

By all indications we also had feijoada at a newer waterside restaurant that was a good cab ride out of the center, but its name and location were erased by caipirinhas. All i have is photographic evidence that we were there.

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Today, Eleven, is the best restaurant in Lisbon.

Other good restaurants are: http://www.tavaresrico.pt

Pragma Restaurant Casino of Lisbon http://www.casino-lisboa.pt

Gambrinus is a good restaurant for seafood.

30 km from Lisbon www.ginchotel.pt one of the best restaurants in Portugal.

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You can also check Flores, at the new Bairro Alto Hotel(Praça Luis de Camões)

For a more casual meal you could try Cafe 3, at Tivoli Forum (Avenida da Liberdade) or Yasmin, near Mercado da Ribeira.

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Can anyone provide a price range for Eleven? Their website offers their menu and tasting menu, but does not include any prices.

Last time I had dinner in Eleven, the price was 110 euros pp , menu with wines.

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Ate at Restarant Eleven last night.

Maybe a bad night but dissapointing, sort of faded.

Heart was in the right place, all the trimmings but lots of details wrong.

Main fault was long waits between courses - half an hour or so, and the restaurant was not full. Nice bread, not made in house, and served cold and a little dry.

I had a poached egg with ratte potato puree (over processed and gluey) with fresh white Alba truffles, then poached baccalao (salt cod) on underdone and tasteless blini ( no detectable sour or buckwheat) with miniscule caviar. All the food was to my taste over salted - I guess the chef smokes.

We drank a rose cava and a white Dao, both chilled to within an inch of their lives - the sort of mistake a restaurant of this caliber should not make.

There was a truffle tasting menu at 168 EU

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Ate at Restarant Eleven last night.

Maybe a bad night but dissapointing, sort of faded.

Heart was in the right place, all the trimmings but lots of details wrong.

Main fault was long waits between courses - half an hour or so, and the restaurant was not full. Nice bread, not made in house, and served cold and a little dry.

I had a poached egg with ratte potato puree (over processed and gluey) with fresh white Alba truffles, then poached  baccalao (salt cod) on underdone and tasteless blini ( no detectable sour or buckwheat) with miniscule caviar. All the food was to my taste over salted - I guess the chef smokes.

We drank a rose cava and a white Dao, both chilled to within an inch of their lives - the sort of mistake a restaurant of this caliber should not make.

There was a truffle tasting menu at 168 EU

You should have not lefted your hotel... your description of what you had at Eleven is EXACTLY what I feel for it : a mistake.

1 Michelin star after one year oppened tells a lot about how the Michelin ratings are obtained as well....

Eleven is not a place where you go to eat, it's a place where you go to be seen... unfortunately that's how it works here in Lisbon...

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Filipe A S

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