Monday, 27 November 2017
Lisbon: André – Taberna da Rua das Flores and now Taberna Fina (Hotel le Consulat)
Ceviche of oysters to get us started
Friday night was a real treat – dinner at Taberna da Rua das Flores. No surprise, of course, the food by is always wonderfully inventive as well as being very tasty.
André Magalhães owner and chef of Taberna da Flores
Is it a spoon or perhaps a fork or both – which end do you use?
After a rum cocktail we broached this 2014 Beira Int from Anselmo Mendes – venturing away from his customary area – the Minho. This white is made from 100% of the rare grape – Síria from old vines. It has a very particular, quite pungent aroma while the palate is more conventional with attractive texture and length. Just under 20€ from the Garrafeira Campo d'Ourique.
Some of our dishes:
Scallops wrapped in bacon
Art on a plate: still life
Soft shelled crab burgers
Once we had seen off Anselmo's fine Beira we moved onto the lovely, complex 2006 Casa Figueira Branco made from Roussanne.
A light egg dessert rather like an Ile Flottante
Passion fruit cheescake
Rich, opulent chocolate cake
With our desserts we had the mellow 1994 Colheita, Pocas.