A taste of Africa: new restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi‘ in the historical Mouraria neighborhood in Lisbon serves superb Angolan food.
Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Lisbon & Pedro Rita
Our lunch: Cachupa, 2 glassses of white wine, small bottle of water and coffee: € 14 in total for 2 persons
Jindungo pepper: the red devil
A must-try in combination with this dish is a little bit of piri piri jindungo, also known as the African red devil. The Portuguese brought these peppers from Brasil to Africa and Europe. The jindungo pepper seems to be a natural medicine: it is said it’s good to stay healthy and to fight diseases. Very hot!!
Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria, Lisbon
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’, named after Steve’s daughter
Steve: ‘I live around the corner, together with my Portuguese wife and my lovely little daughter (5 years old), that’s why the restaurants’ name is ‘Cantinha da Fabi’.
Tough jobs in The Netherlands
‘In 1998 I moved to the Netherlands to work there and to save money in order to realize my plans. It is not easy to find work in Portugal and my dream was to open a restaurant in Lisbon’.
Steve Geronimo, his Portuguese wife and little daugther Fabi, Praça do Comércio Lisbon
Steve: ‘I have worked 5 years in The Netherlands, like f.i. in a battery factory, in a spinach factory and in a factory where carpets are made. Only strong men can do these tough jobs: it means lifting and carrying heavy stuff, but the work was well paid’.
(btw: Steve’s muscles are impressive.. and he is a fluent Dutch speaker)
Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ historic area Mouraria, Lisbon
My dream has come true: my own restaurant in Mouraria
Steve: ‘I saved money to realise my dream: 2 months ago I opened this restaurant (soon with an outside terrace). The room was freshly painted, but there still are works to be done to create a typical Angolan atmosphere.
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria, Lisbon: friends Felipe Aristimuño & Rob Plews
We loved the food: grilled fish with vegetables € 5, cabrito € 5 (goat meat stew served with rice, and besides a traditional dish for Angolan Independence day, November 11). Cerveja (beer) € 1, um copo do vinho branco (glass of white wine) € 1. Cafe (coffee) € 0,50.
Steve Geronimo, owner of restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Lisbon & waiters Miguel Angelo and Silvio.
In the open space next to the restaurant a separate corner will be created for ‘special occasion’ dinners.
On the wall of the restaurant: a painting of the giant sable antelope (Palanca Negra), the national symbol of Angola and on the list of the world’s critically endangered animals. More…
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria Lisbon: giant sable antelope, national symbol of Angola
Steve: ‘I’m inspired by my mother’s way of cooking. She lives in Angola because the climate here is too cold for her. I tried many Portuguese recipes but personally I prefer the herbs used in the Angolan cuisine, f.i. typical dishes like Moamba de Galinha or Calulu. (More about Angolan cuisine).
There are also typical portuguese- and vegetarian dishes on the menu.
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria, Lisbon: friends Mário and Margriet
Grilled fish with potatoes, Moamba de Galinha, salad, a bit home made ‘red devil‘ ,water and wine: € 22,10 for three persons.
Kitaba or quitaba is a crunchy, salty peanut paste seasoned with chilli pepper. Traditionally served as a couvert or little side dish when you have a beer break (€ 0,50)
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ area Mouraria, Lisbon & Kitaba
History of Angola: Portuguese colony from 1575 – 1975
The Portuguese colony of Angola was founded in 1575 with the arrival of Paulo Dias de Novais with a hundred families of colonists and four hundred soldiers. Luanda was granted the status of city in 1605. The fortified Portuguese towns of Luanda (established in 1575 with 400 Portuguese settlers) and Benguela remained almost continuously in Portuguese hands until the independence of Angola in 1975. More…..(Wikipedia)
Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi Lisbon: Pedro Rita, a visitor and owner Steve
Rua de Sao Pedro Martir 78, Mouraria Lisbon
Open: every day from 11:00 AM to 11:00 PM (also on Sunday)
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