Years ago, the neighbourhoods surrounding Martim Moniz were tinted with hate and fear by the vast majority of Lisbon’s citizens. I grew up with this image in mind: be careful in this area. Recently though, the presence of multiple ethnicities and peoples from all over the world have invited everyone in through the spicy smells floating in the air, the authentic cuisines one can find and the wonderful spaces that are emerging, such as art collectives and community spaces.
Amongst these places, there’s a flat, on the second floor of a small street. There’s a legend about this place. It tells a story from many years ago that one of the best Chinese chefs had to flee from China for political reasons. This man ended up in Lisbon, where he started cooking in his small flat, located in Martim Moniz. Little by little, more people started going to his house to eat, for the word spread fast about the incredible food being cooked by him. Years passed and this man kept cooking, serving costumers and maintaining the informal, home-like setting. Time passed and he decided to pass down his knowledge to younger cooks who are said to be the ones cooking in this restaurant!
I honestly never found out whether this is a true story, but the food here is by far the best Chinese food I have ever eaten. By far! So be ready to have your mouth blown.
Simply ring the bell on the 43º and enjoy!