“O Descobre” is a 2 in 1: a restaurant and a gourmet shop. A friend of mine recommended it to me, I tried it out, and must admit that I was pleasantly surprised.
The place reminded me of Alentejo, due to its friendly service (not always guaranteed in Lisbon), cozy atmosphere and great food. We let our waiter decide for us and just stuck to the eating. That turned out to be a great idea. A nice variety of typical Portuguese dishes, served to perfection and sometimes with a not-so-obvious twist. A great place for a relaxed meal during the week. Felt like a warm bath. They have a special lunch menu, but I have not tried it yet.
The crowd is mainly local. So do not expect any tourists.
The gourmet store has a range of mouth-watering regional products, including wine, cheese, sweets etc. Had to restrain myself!
It is located in Belem, a bit off the beaten track (hence the lack of huge crowds). Could be a nice combo with a visit to Belem (lunch) or a night out at the Cultural Center of Belem (CCB).
Check it out. If you do not like it you can always move to the other side of the street and have great seafood at Nunes Real Marisqueira. But that’s a whole different article (maybe one day)!