LOCO Experimental Food Moments in Lisbon

LOCO is a one-Michelin-starred fine dining restaurant with a modern dining room and seven tables that all face the open kitchen. The big menu (LOCO) is divided into 18 moments, while the smaller (Discover) has 14. Both are split into four parts: snacks, bread, main courses, and desserts. Although the setup is familiar, the meal is constructed to surprise you. Guests are not told the menu in advance, and not everyone around the table will necessarily get the same dishes. Not only do they accommodate allergies, but even dislikes! Chef Alexandre Silva uses mainly local produce, but the cooking is more experimental than traditional, and the presentation and style reminded me more of a New Nordic restaurant than a Portuguese. Tasty food, combined with superb service and great (local) wine recommendations from the sommelier made for a memorable evening in Lisbon – even though I missed the big highlights (or moments if you will) on the food side. Except for the wonderful bread serving! Also, when we got siphon coffee to end the night, we couldn’t be happier, though.

Bacalhau cakes
Bacalhau cakes
Chef Henrique Castilho at work
Chef Henrique Castilho at work
A key?
A key?
Bread, butter, meat sauce, and olive oil
Bread, butter, meat sauce, and olive oil
No, it's "scallops" and "caviar"
No, it’s “scallops” and “caviar”
Fish of the day, seaweed and Atlantic herbs
Fish of the day, seaweed and Atlantic herbs
Veal tongue, onions & parsley
Veal tongue, onions & parsley
Seaweed, sesame, and lemon pickle
Seaweed, sesame, and lemon pickle
Out comes the fun box
Out comes the fun box
Time for siphon coffee!
Time for siphon coffee!
Siphon coffee at LOCO
Siphon coffee at LOCO
Cream-filled pastries!
Cream-filled pastries!
Only one key fit ... and Heddis got the final snack!
Only one key fit … and Heddis got the final snack!

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