Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Splurging in Lisbon

clipped from travel.nytimes.com

Save or Splurge: Lisbon

On $1,000 a Day

EAT Hamburgers might seem more suited to an American backyard barbecue than a Portuguese purveyor of haute cuisine, but the globally minded kitchen at Olivier Avenida (Hotel Tivoli Jardim, Rua Júlio César Machado, 7; 351-21-317-4105; www.restaurante-olivier.com) is unfazed. A light soaking in local port wine, a thin slab of warm foie gras on top, some caramelized onions and — presto — you have one of the many Portuguese-international hybrids that draw crowds to this silvery neo-Baroque dining room. Other standouts include octopus carpaccio and a rich cheesecake drizzled with guava jelly. Cost for a three-course meal, per person, including wine: 65 euros.

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