Address: 8/F LKF Tower, 55 D’Aguilar Street, Central 中環蘭桂坊德己立街55號LKF Tower 8樓
Telephone: 2905 1168
While Hong Kongers can surely go to Macau for a Portuguese feast, actually here in Central we have a fantastic Portuguese restaurant.
Owned by veteran restaurateur, Carmelo Lopez, who opened Ole Spanish Restaurant & Wine Bar, Casa Lisboa is the restaurant that serves honest, traditional Portuguese dishes. I adore the bold flavours of Spanish and Portuguese cuisine, and Casa Lisboa is my haunt whenever I feel like some roasted suckling pig or a Serradura
Conveniently situated in LKF Tower, the offerings at Casas Lisboa are generous and reliable. There is a 3-course set lunch ($168), which allows you to pick any appetiser, main course and dessert from the à la carte menu, and also comes with coffee/tea.
(1) For appetisers, the Seafood cream soup and the Octopus salad with lime oil were simple and marvellous. The soup was full of flavours and had a robust portion of fresh and tender clams, and the octopus in the salad was well marinated and wholesome.
(2) The appetisers were followed by the Grouper with a crust of seafood, which was freshly brought to us from the kitchen. The grouper was beautifully char-grilled on the outside, and it was still warm and succulent on the inside. The fish was then drizzled with lemon juice, and served with grilled veggies cooked in broth on the side.
(3) Then came one of my favourite dishes, the Roasted suckling pig Bairrada style! This is a reduced portion of the à la carte dish, and the amazingly crispy skin of a suckling pig always brings a smile to my face! Underneath the skin, the pork meat was still moist and indulgently soft. It was served with some Portuguese rice on the side, which was soft and delicious, with dices of chorizo which added not only meaty flavours but also a fantastic bite.
(4) After that, we had some steak cooked in two different ways. The first was the Steak Portuguese Style, which was fabulously char-grilled, and had a nice and firm texture. The thickness of the steak was just right, and the potato chips on the side could be dipped in the meat jus. The second one was Beef with 3 pepper sauce or mushroom sauce. This steak was just as good as the Steak Portuguese Style, but it was instead cooked in a mushroom sauce, and was cutely adorned with boiled choy sum and a sunny side up. The mushroom sauce was creamy and delicious, and did not overpower the slightly fatty steak.
(5) The Apple crumble with vanilla ice cream (top left) had fantastically crunchy and buttery crumble on top, and the apple was thinly sized, which made the flavours more delicate. The cinnamon taste was very subtle, but it tasted fine to me. The Traditional Portuguese chocolate cake (top right) had excellent taste, with the perfect balance of bitterness and sweetness and strong, delightful chocolate flavours. The Portuguese egg pudding with ice cream (middle right) was fluffy, soft and delectable, and I loved how it was slightly burned on the surface! Last but not least, my beloved Serradura, which was made with sweetened biscuit, egg and cream. Even though there were not enough biscuit bits, which rendered the texture a bit plain, the Serradura was scrumptiously creamy and I certainly enjoyed every spoonful!
Conclusion: With delightful Portuguese food costing only around $200 per head for lunch and around $300-400 per head for dinner, Casa Lisboa is a fantastic venue for foodie gatherings with friends!