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15 Aug, 2011

Restaurante Tamarind 2nd post

Posted by: Wen Ching In: Indian Food|Portugal

On the third day of our visit in Lisbon, we went to Oriente district by using the Hop On Hop Off bus since the tickets were valid for two days.

Centro Vasco da Gama, Lisbon
We made a stop at Gare do Oriente (Oriente Station) and walked over to the Centro Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Shopping Centre). The shopping centre houses 164 stores, including restaurants, cinemas and a health club.

Torre Vasco da Gama and Ponte Vasco da Gama, Lisbon
We explored the area of Oriente and arrived at the Torre Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Tower). The 145m futuristic tower was named after a Portuguese explorer, Vasco da Gama, who was the first European to arrive in India by sail in 1498. The tower is about to be converted into a luxury five-star hotel, with plans already under way. From the tower, we took the cable car to the Oceanário de Lisboa. The photo above was taken during the cable car ride. The Ponte Vasco da Gama (Vasco da Gama Bridge), the longest bridge in Europe, can be seen in the photo.

Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon
The short cable car trip brought us to the Oceanário de Lisboa, the Lisbon Oceanarium. The oceanarium is one of the world’s largest aquarium, and it was highly rated by TripAdvisor and other guidebooks. Entrance fee was priced at €15.50 per person, a little expensive, but trust us, it was worth it! Pictured above was the mascot of the oceanarium, Vasco, swimming in the water outside the oceanarium.

Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon
The enormous central tank contains about 100 species around the world, including sharks, rays, tuna, groupers, eels and etc.

Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon
Other interesting species includes the penguins where we got to view them from a close distance.

Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon
The Lisbon Oceanarium has two sea otters named Eusébio and Amália, named after two Portuguese contemporary cultural references.

Oceanário de Lisboa, Lisbon
The bright and colourful corals were beautiful to look at. More information about the oceanarium can be found on their website. Spare around two or three hours to spend when visiting the oceanarium.

Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa, Lisbon
After we were done exploring the Oriente district, we took the bus back to the city centre and hopped off at the Alfama district. On the way up to the Castle of São Jorge, we passed by the Santa Maria Maior de Lisboa or Sé de Lisboa, the Patriarchal Cathedral of St. Mary Major, or more easily known as the Lisbon Cathedral. The cathedral was built in 1147, it has been modified many times and survived many earthquakes. Pictured above is the façade of the cathedral.

The view from Castelo de São Jorge, Lisbon
The steep walk up the hill brought us up to the Castelo de São Jorge (Castle of São Jorge). Entrance fee for students was priced at €3.50 each, which we thought was quite reasonable. The strongly fortified castle is located on the highest hill in the city, therefore allowing a beautiful panoramic view of the city. Find out more about this historic site on their website here.

The view from Praça da Alegria, Lisbon
After the visit to the castle, we made our way to a Moroccan restaurant called Flor da Laranja for dinner. On the way to the restaurant, we stumbled upon Praça da Alegria which has an excellent viewpoint looking across the city towards the Castle of São Jorge.

Papri Chaat, Restaurante Tamarind
Unfortunately it was closed. Coincidentally we were near Restaurante Tamarind and after the first good experience, we were craving for more. So here we have our second post on Restaurante Tamarind. Starting off the meal that day was the Papri Chaat, priced at €8.50 for two persons. This starter consisted of a crispy Indian snack made with rice, potatoes, lentils and chick peas topped with yoghurt and tamarind sauce. The taste was of a blend of spices such as cumin and turmeric. The yoghurt gave it a refreshing and soothing feel whilst the tamarind sauce lent a sweet-spicy flavour to the overall dish. This starter was very well received by us and we finished it all very quickly. The only drawback was that we were told it could be as spicy as we wanted, but the end result wasn’t spicy enough to our liking.

Chilli Paneer, Restaurante Tamarind
We ordered a little more than before this time. The first item here is the Chilli Paneer which was priced at €12.50. The paneer (Indian cheese) here was stir-fried with peppers, tomatoes and onions. We thought this dish was a little bland, lacking in any particular taste. The paneer in this instance seemed mild and would have been good with a stronger cheese taste.

Butter Chicken, Restaurante Tamarind
We also had the Butter Chicken for €12.50. The sauce was rich and creamy and was great with the tender chicken pieces. Crushed nuts garnished the curry and provided it with a nutty flavour that we really liked. The menu noted that the curry can be made as hot or as mild as we liked, so we requested it to be extra spicy. The curry turned out to be mild (like how butter chicken usually is) which was still good, but we were expecting something spicier. Ah well.

Green Chicken Tikka (Haryali Tikka), Restaurante Tamarind
Another of our dishes was the Green Chicken Tikka (Haryali Tikka) priced at €13.50. The chicken was marinated and cooked in a tandoor and served with spinach on a sizzling hot plate. The chicken pieces were tender and had an excellent taste. One could tell the coriander and mint marinade had infused the chicken with such flavours.

Keema Naan, Restaurante Tamarind
To accompany the various dished we ordered, we had rice and a Keema Naan. This naan was stuffed with minced lamb, giving it a nice meaty taste. Even so, the naan was still light and fluffy and went really well with all that we ordered.

Babinca, Restaurante Tamarind
For dessert, we had a Babinca for €3.75. It is a traditional Goan dessert pudding and usually comes in the form of a layered cake. Tamarind’s version did not look like a layered cake, but it still tasted excellent. It had a distinct coconut milk taste and was served with cream and a scoop of kulfi ice cream which were great with the pudding.

Mango Delight, Restaurante Tamarind
Since we were here, we couldn’t resist the Mango Delight and so we ordered it. Priced at €3.50, this was definitely our favourite dessert from Tamarind. Still as excellent as before, this dessert is a definite must-have for all mango lovers. Our second visit also did not disappoint and we are glad to have found such a great restaurant. As before, more information can be found on their blog, but note that it is all in Portuguese.

Marquês de Pombal Square at night, Lisbon
After dinner, we ended the day by walking around Lisbon at night before heading back to our hotel. Having passed Marquês de Pombal Square many times during the day, we got the opportunity to observe the Monument to Marquês de Pombal at night. The lights around the square and the monument made it a beautiful sight to behold.

So that’s it for our final night in Lisbon. We flew back to the UK the next day, but we’re not done with Lisbon yet! Stick around to find out what we got up to on our last day.

Restaurant Information
Rua da Glória, 43,
1250-115 Lisbon,
Portugal.
Tel: +351 213 466 080

3 Responses to "Restaurante Tamarind 2nd post"

1 | ai wei

August 15th, 2011 at 2:01 am

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the mascot is so cute!!!
looking forwards your next post on lisbon.

2 | Sean

August 15th, 2011 at 7:56 am

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what a productive day! i wanted to visit the oriente area too, but we didn’t have time, so we had to sacrifice it. the otter, the penguins and the cable car all look great though. now am regretting our decision! :D

3 | iamthewitch

August 17th, 2011 at 1:21 am

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Portugal is quite impressive! Have never been there before but I’m loving all the scenery, the marine life AND the food! Drawback is that the currency in Euro, making it so expensive for Malaysians to visit :(

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