A menu of Spanish tapas and Portuguese petiscos.

Rua D. Pedro V is the main street in the Principe Real area of Lisbon. It leads you down into Bairro Alto and up to Casa Amora. On your way you will find plenty of bakeries, cafes and restaurants. Among them, Tapisco. Michelin Star winner Henrique Sa Pessoa brought together the products that were lacking in the city of Lisbon and created a menu of Spanish tapas and Portuguese petiscos.

Tapisco has a sophisticated, yet very comfortable atmosphere. When passing by, it will immediately catch your eye as bartenders are preparing cocktails in the open window. After stepping in through the big red door you find yourself one of the 32 seats. From the stools at the counter you can see the kitchen team in action which makes your evening really entertaining, even when you are by yourself. Architect Tiago Silva Dias is responsible for the inviting interior design. The walls and table are marble. Every table has a chopper lamp hanging above. The porcelain comes from Vista Alegre and were specially created for Tapisco so it would fit with the red cushioned sofas and counter chairs.

We ordered. As a starter the Tuna Tartar and Octopus Salad. As a main course we had to try the Black Rice Paella with cuttlefish ink and Salted Cot. The Paella comes in a very generous proportion so it might have been enough for the two of us.

Tapisco // R. Dom Pedro V 80 // www.tapisco.pt