Contemporary Portuguese: Formerly located at LKF Tower, Casa Lisboa Gastronomia Portuguesa returns with an all-new restaurant further down the road on Wyndham Street. Contemporary Portuguese cuisine is the name of the game. We’ve been reliably informed that this type of modern fare has exploded in its home country and now, you can also have a taste of the fresh seafood, suckling pig and tasty assorted carbs that Portuguese cuisine is famous for.
Look & Feel: We love the airy, stylish space. Inside there’s a laidback vibe, while floor-to-ceiling windows provide views of bustling Wyndham Street. An open kitchen wrapped inside a bar give diners an opportunity to observe chefs at work, while there are plenty of tables around for a longer, more lounge-y meal.
On the Menu: Sharing plates like a Portuguese Iberico pork cold cuts selection ($180), bulhao pato clams made the traditional way ($115) plus heartier mains like poached bacalhau ($210) served with roasted potatoes, kale and cornbread crumble. On the booze side, Portuguese varieties reign supreme. Vinho verde, or green wine, is one of the country’s more famous exports — light with a floral aroma, it is not unlike a fruity white, except with a very subtle fizz. There’s also a list of Casa Lisboa signature cocktails on offer — think flavor-packed creations like the Truffenia ($98), made with Leblon Cachaca, fresh lime, cilantro, sugar cane syrup and truffle oil.
Service: Very friendly and attentive. Our water glasses are never empty and staff are patient in explaining our dishes and the ingredients. Spot the owner making rounds to chat to guests.
Jeng: On our visit our favorite is without a doubt the Algarve red prawns with tomato, chilli and garlic ($280), an incredibly fresh dish that has us wondering where the seafood is sourced from (Portugal, and kept fresh thanks to a constant stream of big supplies coming in to serve diners at both Casa Lisboa and its sister establishment, Spanish restaurant Ole). Wash it down with a glass of refreshing glass of vinho verde Gazela ($60/glass; $280/bottle). The slow-roasted suckling pig ($260), served with chorizo rice, is a must-try — crispy skins and flavorsome meats await.
Not So Jeng: The Portuguese octopus confit ($280), grilled and cooked in Moscatel wine, is a bit on the salty side — kale and mashed potatoes served on the side didn’t help much with balancing things out.
Great For: Work lunches or boozy dinners; great Portuguese food right on your doorstep, when you don’t have plans to go to Macau.
FYI: Casa Lisboa does a set lunch — two courses for $188 and three for $218.
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