“Tasca” in Portuguese means a small, simple, down-to-earth restaurant. It is normally where you go when you want a nice, simple meal without paying too much for it. A trend in Lisbon for the last few years has been the blossoming of “tascas” run by well-known chefs. It is your local version of a Gastro-Pub.
Tasca da Esquina fits this category. It is owned by celebrity chef Vítor Sobral (I am sure that you all know him!). It has been rather successful and even been exported to São Paulo.
I like it a lot. A cozy, simple, informal setting. The food is great. Traditional Portuguese dishes and ingredients, but always with a modern twist. A great way to dine here is to opt for the menu of 4, 5 or 6 (small) dishes of the day. All you have to do is wait, eat and appreciate. I have done it 4 times now, and have never been disappointed.
The prices are not “Tasca-style” (because it is not a tasca), but still very good value for money. I normally pay around € 60 for a full meal for 2. Not bad.
The place is located in Campo de Ourique, a nice authentic neighborhood, but located a bit outside the downtown citycenter.
Reservation is necessary! They have 2 shifts at night, one starting at 20:00 and the other at 22:00.