Restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi’ Mouraria Lisbon: original Angolan cuisine, from € 5 great (also vegetarian) dishes & fluent Dutch speaking owner Steve Geronimo

A taste of Africa: new restaurant ‘Cantinho da Fabi‘ in the historical Mouraria neighborhood in Lisbon serves superb Angolan food.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve and Pedro Rita august 16

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!!

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve kitchen

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’.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve wife and daughter Fabi

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)

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve BBQ

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 Mouraria Lisbon Felipe and Rob August 16

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.

Restaurant Cantinho da Fabi Mouraria Lisbon owner Steve Geronimo

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 Mouraria Lisbon giant sable antelope

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 Mouraria Lisbon Mario and Margriet 2

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 Mouraria Lisbon KITABA

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 Mouraria Lisbon outside

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)

Phone: (00351) 960069903       Facebook

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