Sometimes it is difficult to share the best addresses as you want to jealously guard them for yourself in case they become too popular. In this case though, it is not a well-kept secret. A Primavera do Jeronimo is a tiny little place in the Barrio Alto, decorated with Portuguese proverbs painted on tiles. When we went, there was a group of French tourists, one of Anglophones and a long table occupied by a Portuguese family, three generations worth. Add in our table in the corner, and the restaurant was full.
As you sit down, they bring over quejo fresco, bread and olives which serves both as an aperitif and a cover charge. On the menu: meat and fish, cooked by local women in the kitchen in the corner. Knowing the generous Lisbon portions, we shared a first course and a main course between two and were not disappointed. The garlic prawns were sizzling as they came to the table, and the whole grilled octopus was buttery-soft. A few potatoes was enough to complete the dish and make us perfectly happy. Try a vinho verde, a local white, slightly sparkling. No frills, not at all expensive, absolutely no complaints. I am still dreaming about the octopus….
A Primavera do Jeronimo, Travessa da Espera 34, Lisbon 1200-175; metro Baixa-Chiado
Closed Sunday; Open Mon to Sat: 7:30 pm til 11:30 pm