Lisbon’s Bica do Sapato Restaurant Review – Trendy for a Reason

As soon as you walk in you know you are in a trendy spot


Cambridge may claim him now, but to any theater-loving Chicagoan John Malkovich is a hometown boy.  Lisbon, a city the very private Malkovich is said to visit often, might change your idea on that though,


Cheerful, modern-- great décor


and especially if you venture into the ever so trendy Bica do Sapato restaurant that he co-owns.


You can sit outside and get a great view of the cruise ship in the river harbor

In an old port building with a terrace overlooking Lisbon’s Cais da Pedra and perhaps in the shadow of one of the many mammoth cruise boats that now go to Lisbon in great number, the space immediately reminded of the restaurant in Istanbul’s Modern Art Museum. 


The inside decor feels very contemporary


It’s not just the similar terrace seaside view, it’s  also the prominence of all things sea on the menu, although meat lovers will not go wanting, nor will vegetarians. 


The gourmet luncheon with wine-- 3 courses-- is only 23.5 Euros


And, like many fashionable Lisbon restaurants, there is a complete sushi menu to sate the fast-growing love for sushi fare among Lisboans.


"Portuguese Flavours" starter-- codfish ball shaped croquettes, "Azedo de Bragança" (traditional pork smoked sausage croquetes), ox's tail croquettes, and "torricado" with tomato and ham

Bica do Sapato shouts “trendy”, in a good way.


"Joelho de porca" - traditional sow knee with grilled new potatoes and padrón peppers

Since it was the first stop on our Portugal tour we stuck to the more traditional dishes  of codfish,


Grilled octopus with turnip tops and roasted potatoes


octopus and one combo called “Portuguese flavours”.  


Fresh codsfish poached in olive oil " À Brás" (onions and chopped fried potatoes in a bound of scrambled eggs) with black olive emulsion

When we return the prix fixe 3-courses plus wine luncheon for 23.5 Euros tempts as a very good option.


A traditional Portuguese style


This was chocolate on top of this dessert!


The desserts are stunning, and very tasty

Tip:  Don’t drive here, except by taxi—the parking looks impossible.  

Tip:  Plan to stay a few hours at least.  This is a very inviting space in which to unwind with great wine.

Bica do Sapato
Av. Infante D. Henrique, Armazém B
Cais da Pedra a Sta Apolónia
1950-376 Lisboa

(+351) 218810320 / (+351) 917615065

For more information, visit the Bica do Sapato website.

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