Taberna Albricoque is an eatery offering Mediterranean cuisine strongly influenced by the flavours of the Algarve, a region with a rich gastronomic tradition, and where the chef Bertílio Gomes has his roots.
The establishment has two dining rooms (and a terrace)—which reflect the true Lisbon of yesteryear in the walls, balcony, furniture, mosaic floor and in the tiled panelling (a reference to the Santa Apolónia station), which attracts the gaze of everyone who sets foot in the dining room. This, with its wood panelling, echoes to the reassuring sound of fado every Wednesday evening.
Here, in this century-old restaurant, chef Bertílio Gomes offers a lunch and dinner menu with the spotlight firmly on the ingredients, seasonality and culinary tradition. With dishes “from the market” at lunch time, customers can choose meat, fish and salad. In the evening, the menu takes on an added dimension, with the idea that customers share whatever is brought in pans to the table.
Among the starters, the highlights are the grape and orange tiborna [a traditional Portuguese snack based on toasted bread, olive oil and garlic], the salted almonds, the purple carrots, and the artisan Gleba bread. Among the petiscos [Portuguese tapas], the Monte da Vinha cheese, vegan almond cheese, natural oysters and the cured horse mackerel are all outstanding.
Main course options include offerings from the land and the sea: for example, the delicious razor clam soup, chicken with a pear and almond glaze, skate with garlic, and oxtail with chickpeas.
To accompany the meals, Taberna Albricoque offers a list of wines available by the glass or the bottle. Where puddings are concerned, there are citrus-based desserts, or the ‘Algarve trilogy’, served with artisan ice-creams, or there is almece (sheep buttermilk)—all choices that prove so mouthwateringly delicious that one simply has to come back for more.