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Review: Mesa de Frades – One of the Best Fado Restaurants in Lisbon

Mesa de Frades is considered one of the top Fado Houses in Lisbon by some of the best Fado singers. This restaurant is placed in Alfama, the fado neighbourhood, and serves traditional Portuguese dishes and features some of the best fado, old and modern.

Among Alfama’s small streets and alleys, on the top of the stairs, just coming off Rua dos Remédios (map), you arrive at the old chapel from Quinta da Dona Rosa. Converted into a small restaurant, the white painted walls still show beautiful tiles from the XVII century.

First came some traditional Portuguese starters – peixinhos da horta along with an excellent cheese, olives and bread. Mains and dessert kept the Portuguese gastronomy venture. We ordered four different dishes and everything was excellent (to my surprise, I must say). As the night was rolling and we were finishing the dessert, the doors were closed, lights turned down and soon came the traditional sayings, “Silencio que se vai cantar o Fado” (Silence, Fado is about to be sang). Others followed along with the Fados – “Ah Fadista…”. At 12h30 am, as I was living, the first Fado singer was still going. And another one was getting ready for his turn…

Where: Rua dos Remédios, 139
Opened from 12pm until 2h30pm and from 8pm until late at night (closes on Tuesdays)
Average price: €30

Reservation is recommended (917029436)

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