Casa do Alentejo or, in English, House of Alentejo is a place dedicated to a Portuguese region known for its wines, plains, cork and quite hot summers. Alentejo literally means “além” (beyond) Tejo (Tagus River).
I had no idea what I was going to see before going inside; I’ve passed by this building several times ignoring the amazing things inside. Until the day I finally walked in.
Not going into the history of the building itself as that would require another full post, the minute I stepped inside the first time I was amazed. The first impact is the architecture; the entrance is through a staircase directly to the interior courtyard, Moorish style. I realized I was inside a palace! Another staircase to the upper floor leads to where you can find the restaurant and the incredible immense ballrooms with paintings on the walls and ceilings. I have to admit it impressed me.
Going back down again, to the interior courtyard floor I passed on my way in, there’s an access to another courtyard, this one is outside; although still in the building’s interior, here you can have some drinks or snacks with the stars as company. A chance to taste small dishes from the cafeteria.
Both the restaurant and the cafeteria serve traditional Alentejo food. And let me tell you that it’s good! Just try the tomato soup… Delicious.
It’s a place known to tourists but also a choice for many locals like myself specially for the small meals.