It turned out to be a very good idea indeed as the food made us both happy. The flavors were down-to-earth, savory-rich and just simply memorable in a way that would remind you of Mommy’s food… The interior of the Old Lisbon is very warm and inviting with dark wood furniture, white tablecloths and red flowers sprinkled here and there.
The Portuguese name is Pastéis de bacalhau com salada de feijão frade. Unusual combination of ingredients, we thought. Codfish croquettes are something we really adore as my Mother made the best so I was a little disappointed when I first tried them as they were on the salty side. The disappointment quickly turned into joy once the croquettes were combined with the bean salad: the taste-balance was so perfect and totally killed the excess saltiness we first tasted . The salad was a combination of black-eye beans, onions, green peppers and basic vinaigrette. Combine a bite of croquette and a bite of salad on the same fork and magic happens. Six croquettes with a generous portion of bean salad for $9.95.
This we had for our main dish and we were like… wow! This was a seafood party on a plate that consisted of Jumbo Scallops, Florida Shrimp, Mussels, Salmon, Lobster Tail, Squid and steamed Potatoes grilled and sautéed in a White Wine and Garlic Sauce. The seafood was delicious and fresh and the dark-brown sauce just divine. Of course the favorite was the lobster, grill-marks adding a charred flavor that contrasted very well with the soft and delicate inside of the lobster. The scallops were not far behind, sweet and juicy and oh so tender. Honestly, I am tired of fighting with Issa for the best bits of food, she is always trying to hog the lobster and scallops, but who can blame her? Sharing is ideal for this dish. We had the one for $28.95 for one person but it was more than enough for the both of us, the 2 potatoes accomplishing the mission of making us feel full and extremely satisfied.
On the Old Lisbon Restaurant menu it says pastéis de nata which are custard pastries doused liberally with cinnamon. It is believed that pastéis de nata were created before the 18th century by Catholic nuns in Lisbon, Portugal. All I can say that they were served warm, the pastry literally melting in the hand as your mouth got a first bite of heaven. We were full so we took one home and put it in the refrigerator. I thought they were even better cold. $5.95 for 3. They are very rich so that was more than enough.
We cannot wait to go back: The food was just plain good. Special commendation to the staff who went out of their way to please us and make us feel like if we were at home.
5837 Sunset Drive
South Miami, FL 33143
Tel: (305) 662 7435
By Contributor Writer and Photographer Brenda Benoit