“Modest establishment that sells drinks and meals”. That’s the dictionary definition of ‘tasca’. Petiscaria Santo António aims to be a gourmet tasca, which is quite contradictory. Also, do you really want a tasca to be gourmet? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose? Doesn’t it take away from the authenticity? Well, apparently not.
Petiscaria Santo António proves that you can have a great food experience, with a modest, tavern-like feel to it. You can sit at the counter or try to find a place at one of the tables. The space is tight, with about 5 tables. It is – as a tasca is supposed to be – modest and homey. It feels as if someone you know is hosting a dinner party at their place: unceremoniously. Amenities kept to a minimum, but somehow still pleasant and familiar.
The food is ‘all-you-can-eat’ done right. They’ll keep presenting you with snack-size dishes of typically Portuguese food until you say you’re done.
A visit to Petiscaria Santo António really does take you on a journey of surprises, one after another. A journey that tastes like Portugal – flavorful, genuine, warm and comforting. A journey with a happy ending: home-made dessert and a lovely espresso – if you still can make room for it!