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Tasca da Esquina – Vitor Sobral’s Version of a Corner Tavern
Everything Mega-Chef Vitor Sobral does is about taking rich Portuguese flavors and transforming them into modern tastes and textures.  His current stage for displaying his talents is Tasca da Esquina, a small, but very popular, corner cafe in Lisbon.
tasca esquina sobral Old Portuguese taverns (or tascas) are known for serving up traditional “comfort food”.  For Tasca da Esquina, Sobral renovates an old corner space in a building in the Campo de Ourique area, creating a sparkling fresh restaurant, while maintaining the essence and soul of old tascas.
Tasca Esquina Dining RoomIn true tasca form, the menu is a long list of petiscos (Portuguese tapas).  Every dish seems absolutely tantalizing, so Portugal Confidential recommends dining with friends and sharing as many dishes as possible. A sample selection includes:

  • Quail with cherries
    Mackerel in pomegranate marinade
    Sautéed squid with mushrooms
    Pastry of bull’s tail
    Chicken liver with pickled pear
    Warm cockle salad with tomato and quince cream, and salmon caviar
    Crispy shrimp with ginger jelly
    Codfish with bacon, and sweet potato and tangerine cream

To complement each course or dish, Tasca offers a fine selection of national and international wines.  And, as with their petiscos tasting menus, wines can be poured by the glass….which further enhances your tour of Portuguese tastes.
Sobral was raised in the Alentejo region, the farm land between Lisbon and the Algarve in the south.  His earliest memories of flavors from here are combined with modern cooking techniques to create cuisine that is embraced by critics and foodies around the world.  Toss in some seasonings discovered in Brazil and other former Portuguese colonies, and Sobral offers a pure Luso dining experience.  In fact, in 2006, he was decorated by the President of the Republic of Portugal with the Office of the Order of Prince Henry the Navigator for his work in promoting Portuguese cuisine and Portuguese food products abroad.

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Tasca da Esquina is very popular, but only seats 40 people.  Reservations are highly recommended.  For more information visit the Tasca da Esquina website.  To learn more about Chef Vitor Sobral  click here.

Tasca da Esquina
Rua Domingos Sequeira, 41C
Campo de Ourique
1350-119 Lisboa

Phone:  +351 919 837 255
Phone:  +351 210 993 939
GPS:  38 ° 42’55 .35”N, 09 ° 09’49 .35”W
Hours:  Tuesday through Saturday – 12:30 to 00:00
             Closed all day Sunday and at lunch on Monday

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Saturday, December 4, 2010

Christmas Wine Tasting Tour

Originally uploaded by Bacalhoa.Vinhos
Quinta da Bacalhôa, an ancient Portuguese Royal Residence, is considered
the most beautiful early 15th century estate that
still exists in Portugal. Bacalhôa Wines who run the winery are offering a Special Christmas treat on 20, 21 & 22 December with visits to the Palace
Cellar topped off with a tasting of a 1999 Muscatel of the region and a slice of Portuguese Christmas cake Bolo-Rei, a typical king cake.

Don't miss this holiday treat and combine it with our V.I.P private guided tour or shore excursion. Prices from 420 euros for 2 people for a 7 hour full day tour. This part of the Quinta tour starts at 3 pm and lasts 2 hours. Contact me here for full details or just email me at

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