Monday, 25 February 2013
Porto Brandão and lunch@Maré Viva
Saluti! – Carole and Claire toast@Maré Viva, Porto Brandão
One of our favourite places in the Lisbon area to have Sunday lunch is across on the south side of the Tagus at Porto Brandão at the Maré Viva restaurant. Porto Brandão is a short ferry ride across the Tagus from Bélem.
Yesterday we had an excellent lunch there with a table by the window that looks out across the Tagus to Bélem and the exquisite Torre de Bélem. We started with clams with garlic and coriander and prawns in garlic. Main course was arroz with shellfish and monkfish. As so often we drank the Vinho Verde (a blend of Alvarinho and Trajadura) from Muralhas de Monção – this time the 2011 vintage. Although not as fine as a good pure Alvarinho, the Muralhas de Monção works very well with this sort of fish lunch.
2011 Muralhas de Monção
After lunch there was time to wander slowly around the small village of Porto Brandão and then sit by the waters' edge while waiting for the ferry back to Bélem.
Across the Tagus to the Torre de Bélem partially obscured by a swooping gull
A day for washing clothes...
Two fishermen – one baiting a hook
View to the 25th April Bridge across the Tagus and Lisbon beyond
Pontoon chain (above and below)