Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’ Lisbon: delicious typical Portuguese food, old Moorish neighborhood, Amália Rodrigues & fado history

A little bit hidden in the former Moorish quarter Mouraria, in a small street of one of Lisbon’s oldest districts, you’ll find Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, mainly visited by local Portuguese. Great typical Portuguese food and, also important, very nice people and a very informal atmosphere . One of my favorites! (Air-conditioned in summertime).

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon old Moorish neigborhood

Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Rua João do Outeiro 34, Lisbon

In the month of June, all the streets in the historical center are decorated with garlands and lights: parades, sardines and party time! (Festas de Lisboa in Mouraria).

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon kitchen

Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon

The restaurant’s open kitchen: Marisa, Rui, Laurinda, Paula and Virgilio, the cook, preparing my lunch

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon deliscious meat1

Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon

Delicious almoço (lunch)! Bifinhos ao alinho (garlic steak), 4 pieces (meio dose!) € 11, 50. If you are not too hungry ask for ‘meia dose’ (half serving). Small bottle of water (agua) € 1, 50, a glass of good wine € 1.00, half bottle of red wine ( jarro) € 4, cafe € 0.75, desert (sobremesa) from €  2.50

Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon November ’13 lunch Dutch Design

We enjoyed the menu of the day including duck with rice and steak with a coffee sauce with garlic, and 2 bottles of a tasty red house wine (Lisbon region). Total price for 9 ladies: 110:50 euro.

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon street2

Mouraria , Rua João do Outeiro 34, Lisbon

Together with Alfama, the Mouraria area is a muddle of very narrow streets and small squares, which gives the visitor a glimpse of a forgotten age. Nowadays renovation of houses, which are threatened with falling into ruins, and an improvement in the living standards of the inhabitants of Mouraria, has only begun recently.

A nice 3-bedroom authentic holiday apartment with sunny patio & free WiFi in this area

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon meat Picanha

Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’, Lisbon

Also delicious: Picanha (pick-ahn-yeh, for 2 persons, € 14. 50), a Brazilian cut of beef, generally considered to be the number one cut, even better than beef fillet. There’s much more on the menu, like Bacalhau na Brasa (codfish) or Caldeirada de peixe (Portuguese fish stew).

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon Moorish neighborhood

Mouraria, very old historical part of Lisbon

The cobblestoned former Moorish quarter, roughly between the Castle of Saint George (São Jorge) and Rossio square , is a friendly and super-central neighborhood where Fado was born and which today presents a mix of long-time residents and a multicultural community, complemented by artists, students and other young people.

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon Moorish neighborhood fado Severa

Mouraria, Largo da Severa, named after the first Fado singer in Lisbon

No neighborhood in Lisbon is praised more in Fado music than Mouraria. It is said that the melancholic sounds of the music and singing of the Moorish people was at the base of Fado (meaning fate) music, often described as the Portuguese blues. Amália Rodrigues, (‘queen of Fado’) was born near Mouraria. Maria Severa is regarded as the first fado singer to have risen to fame, attaining a near-mythical status after her death: Maria had a passionate liaison with a nobleman, Conde de Vimioso. The affair ended badly.

Restaurant Zé da Mouraria Lisbon Moorish neighborhood restaurant people

Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’
Rua João do Outeiro 24
1100 Lisbon, Portugal
00351 218 865 436
Open for lunch, dinner for groups. Closed on Sundays, no creditcards
Lisbon restaurant Ze da Mouraria fado pictures

2 Responses to “Restaurant ‘Zé da Mouraria’ Lisbon: delicious typical Portuguese food, old Moorish neighborhood, Amália Rodrigues & fado history”

  1. I think there is great difference between Mouraria an Alfama now. The athmosphere at Alfama is too commercial, everything is expensive, restaurants owners just looking for rich people, rather unfriendly if you do not look a million dollar;)
    Mouraria still has the climate of authenticity, there is less tourists, so it is nicer and you can really enjoy real Lisbon there.

  2. rebecca money on May 8th, 2012 at 1:13 pm

    Hello, Do you know the full name of Virgilio the cook? I am researching for a restaurant guide and we are featuring this wonderful little restaurant. Any information would be great.

    Thanks

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