Casa Lisboa Portuguese Restaurant & Bar

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 August, 2010, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 August, 2010, 12:00am

8/F LKF Tower, 55 D'Aguilar Street, Central
Tel: 2905 1168
Open: noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight

Cuisine: Portuguese

Price: about HK$350 without drinks and the service charge

Ambience: the dark wood tables and blue and white tiles give the restaurant a comfortable feel. The hostess tried to seat us near the guitarists but we asked for (and received) a table as far away from them as possible.

Pros: the food. The young Portuguese chef came out after dinner to do the rounds of all the tables, and he spoke passionately about his cuisine.

Cons: the waitress refused to serve tap water. The only disappointing dish was the sauteed clams with onion, tomato and wine (HK$110). It was a large portion of fresh, sweet clams, but the sauce was watery. The prices of some of the dishes seem all over the place. The Pork sausage flambe (HK$105) was a nice presentation - the whole chorizo was flamb?ed table-side in a ceramic pig but it didn't taste any different from something you could cook at home.

Recommended dishes: the shredded bacalhau with potatoes and eggs (HK$140, above) was a comforting dish of softly cooked eggs studded with chunks of salt cod and shards of crunchy potato. The tiger prawns with chilli and lemon (HK$210) were three prawns split in half then grilled, giving a slightly smoky flavour to the sweet, tender meat. The duck rice 'old style' was expensive at HK$180 but the rice, studded with a few pieces of meat, was moist and well-flavoured. We had the same complaint about portion size with the curry crab (HK$260), but the sauce was rich, slightly spicy and delicious with steamed rice. The caramel pudding with orange (HK$50) was excellent: the custard was silky smooth and had a hint of orange that went well with the slight bitterness of the caramel.

What else? Casa Lisboa replaces the Mexican restaurant, Izote.