Os Tibetanos is one of the few – if not the only – restaurant with Tibetan food in Portugal. This was one of the first vegetarian restaurants I tried and remains one of my favourites.
Once I get into number 117 of Rua do Salitre I can’t help feeling a bit more relaxed. The restaurant breeds a relaxing and friendly atmosphere. I find it really comfortable and the refurbished patio in the back is one of the most pleasant places to enjoy a meal in Lisbon – even in the winter as the patio is covered and heated.
I like it especially at lunch time, probably because of the light. The day special is always a good option if you don’t have a lot of time, but the specialties are definitely the way to go. I recommend the curry or the Momos (little pastries filled with seitan, fried or stewed). The Seitan with pesto and grilled goat cheese is also a must. If you are in for something more exotic try the rose petal soap. For dessert – and I must confess this is one of the reasons that brings me here – try the Dolma pie with chocolate on a base made of crushed chestnuts.
If you want to try these recipes at home they organize regular cooking courses, usually on Sundays (check their webpage for updates). If you want more than food, upstairs there is a Buddhist school.
Be sure to bring cash as they don’t accept cards.