I’ll never forget the first time I went to À Parte. It was my 19th birthday and I wanted to have lunch with some of my friends. I told them to be there at noon, which is quite early for Portuguese lunch, since they don’t take reservations at lunchtime and we were going to be a large group – exactly 12.
The maximum group size that can eat at À Parte is 22. Why? Because the restaurant still has the shape of the apartment it used to be. Once you enter, you step into the hall. You can see a few tables and then you enter a corridor. To your left there’s a pantry, a winter garden and some other rooms. Eventually you reach the kitchen and the backyard where we ate the first time I was there. Each area is decorated in a different style and conveys a different mood. Nevertheless, they are all very cozy.
It is hard to classify the type of food in À Parte – it conveys a mix of several different styles. I tend to pick one of the plates of the day, which constantly surprise me. For the price you pay, the food is delightful.
After the main course, the waiter brought a tray with one exemplar of each dessert. They look so succulent that it becomes impossible not to pick one. So I did. And I return there every year to celebrate my birthday.