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Lisbon — By Alexandre Kühl Oliveira on September 25, 2009 at 9:15 am

REVIEW: Flores Restaurant – Chic Dining in Lisbon

Part of Lisbon’s first contemporary boutique hotel – Hotel Bairro Alto (map), Flores (Flowers) restaurant has managed to keep up the modern trendy-chic atmosphere.

On the right corner of the hotel lobby, as you enter into Flores you also pierce into a secluded room away from Chiados fuss. Serenity abounds in here and everything is made to assure you a tranquil evening. On the walls, black and white photos of Lisbon contrast with old style tiles. A superb combination of classic and modern look. Young attendants on comfortable unpretentious uniforms created a relax atmosphere. Lights and music are just low enough to add to the mood. Through big windows you can see Largo do Camões…

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Flores restaurant serves contemporary world cuisine, embracing the typical Portuguese culinary heritage and the Mediterranean influences. The menu changes with each season and has Quality as the main goal. And I have to say they do it quite well.

_mg_5459As we were sited on a candle lighted table, neo-jazz music filled the room. The chef Luís Rodrigues made his recommendations for dinner – Roasted Monkfish for fish eaters and Thick Veal Steak for meat lovers. Still, he added, fish dishes are the mostly wanted.

Wondering if we should opt for the Degustation Menu (€45) that includes 5 favourite courses prepared by the chef, we ended following his last words and went for the wonderful Roasted Monkfish served with cashew nuts, mango and fresh tomato gnocchi (€24) and the Sea Bass in a Fish Broth with mushrooms and aspargus and potatos skewer (€26). For starters came a soft and delicious Cauliflower pureed soup (€10) and a Ceviche Sardines Brisée (€13). The meal was followed by a superb wine suggested by the waiter and finished with a tasty Vanilla Zambaglione (€5).

You can choose to have your coffee, tea or drink at the terrace, on the 6th floor. The views are outstanding and truly a must.

Flores Restaurant is also an excellent option for lunch with a somewhat simpler menu and a faster service.

Opened everyday from 12h30pm until 3pm and from 7h30pm until 11h30pm
Where: Praça Luís de Camões, 2

Average meal (without drinks): €45 dinner; €20 lunch

Reservations: 213408288

www.hotelbairroalto.com

photo credits: Hotel Bairro Alto
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