- Cook with an award winning chef in the kitchen of his restaurant
- Enjoy Lisbon’s gastronomic delights: taste innovative and playful Portuguese cuisine
- Learn how to create some wonderful dishes at home
- Discover wonderful scenery and stunning architecture
- Delight in convivial and captivating Lisbon and take advantage of the warm climate
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Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, enchants its visitors with its laid-back but seductive culture. It is on the one hand a metropolis with a large array of imposing squares and grand buildings. On the other, the majority of the individual neighbourhoods have each maintained their own village-like character.
When exploring this city it is best to fall into its Mediterranean rhythm, which is regularly peppered with African and Latin American influences.
When walking along the cobbled streets which open up onto grand squares with imperial remnants, one can stop at one of the many local bars to enjoy a café, a carioca (weaker coffee) or meia de leite (coffee with milk).
Many of these cafes also offer the delicious and famous pastel de nata (custard tart).
Lisbon was once the center of the world’s first colonial power and it is therefore not surprising that the city has many monuments which are worth seeing. If you stray off the tourist track, the city becomes a trove of unexpected treasures.
One should also not forget the city’s beautiful location, being situated on and around seven hills, at the mouth of the river Tagus. It’s up and down landscape provides a wealth of breathtaking viewing points, called miradouros.
Lisbon’s balmy climate makes whiling away one’s time whilst sitting on one of the city’s many terraces a delightful way to spend an afternoon.
Like all major southern European cities, Lisbon has a rich and wonderful culture relating to food and drink, rooted in its tradition of exploration. Add to this mix a coterie of talented young chefs and restaurateurs, and it is clear to see why Lisbon is an internationally emerging culinary hot spot.
The Portuguese capital has always been one of the best places in Europe for fresh fish and seafood, however, it was not until fairly recently that one could enjoy these and other delicious dishes in chic modern surroundings.
Culinary critics around the world are now finally giving the new breed of Portuguese food, which fuses fresh local ingredients with the kind of creativity that set gastronomic capitals like Madrid alight, the recognition that it is due. Nowadays restaurants range from the old-fashioned to the trendy and stylish – in the latter category a younger generation of chefs has become celebrated for inventive Portuguese cuisine, with influences of former colonies including Brazil, Macau, Mozambique and Goa.
Classic dishes such as Ameijoas a Bulhao Pato (venus clams with olive oil, lemon and herbs), Perdiz a Guincho (braised partridge) and Arroz de Pato (duck cooked in the oven with ham, chouriço & rice) have been successfully reinterpreted.
But rest assured, the more traditional establishments offering a comforting old fashioned menu can still be found.
These restaurants excel at doing straightforward dishes very well; here one can enjoy delicious traditional foods, such as caldo verde, a soup made from kale, potatoes and chouriço sausage, and pasteis de bacalhau (salt cod cakes), not to mention the country’s fine wines and ports.
Many excellent Portuguese wines are served in restaurants, bars and enotecas. These include crisp and refreshing white wines with peachy aromas, made of local grape varieties such as Antão Vaz, Alvarinho and Arintowith the occasional addition of non-native varieties.
Or deep velvety red wines made of Castelão, Touriga Nacional and Baga, which is delicious when accompanied by dishes made of black pork.
As in Spain one can often still dine at midnight. After dinner many bars in the neighborhoods of Bairro Alto, Docas or along the river beckon Lisboans and visitors alike to drink caipirinhas or mojitos. For those with energy left, one can dance until dawn in one of the many clubs of the city.
In short, we expect that you will find Lisbon captivating – its great food and wine, and stunning scenery. It’s no wonder that the city has been tipped as ‘the new Barcelona’.
Designed for people who love and appreciate fine food and wine, our Lisbon cooking master classes long weekend is perfect for those who wish to discover some of Lisbon’s gastronomic highlights. At the same time you will have the opportunity to learn the skills and gain the knowledge to cook creatively when you return home.
More information about our Lisbon cooking master classes, as well as a short description of the accommodation and program is provided below
We offer cooking master classes with some of Portugal’s’ top chefs. This is a rare opportunity to work with, and learn from, some of the leading and most innovative chefs in their own restaurant kitchens.
Classes are informative and entertaining, and include tastings and refreshments and culminate in lunch served with wine.
You will of course receive copies of the recipes prepared which will enable you to recreate these wonderful Portuguese dishes at home.
Chef Vitor grew up in Portugal in Lisbon, in a coastal region famous for the quality of its oysters, sardines and locally grown rice. Growing up there sparked a love of Portuguese cuisine and seafood evident in his cooking.
Vitor also has a deep respect for rich culinary traditions of the Alentejo region south east of Lisbon. He spent a lot of time there, since both his parents come from the Alentejo – it is a region offering great scenic beauty with its rolling countryside full of cork oaks, olive trees and vines.
The Alentejo is famous in Portugal for the quality of its comfort food, like local gaspachos, the carne de porco Alentejano (pork and clams cooked together) or the empadas de galinha (small chicken pies).
Following his education at the Portuguese’s Culinary Academy, Vitor began his career as a chef. His passion for food has led him to study numerous different cuisines, and this career so far he has worked in some of the finest restaurants in Portugal and Spain.
Most recently, he established his own restaurant in the center of Lisbon. The restaurant, opened in 2010 to great acclaim – critics recently rated it as one of the top-ten best restaurants in Portugal.
Guests have praised the “traditional creativity” of Vitor and his team’s menu. He has reinterpreted and imaginatively presents traditional flavors of Portugal, serving modern Portuguese food with rich flavors subtly enhanced but never overpowered.
Of course the chef focuses on the best seasonal produce, opting for organic ingredients as much as possible.
The extensive wine list not only includes renowned Portuguese producers but also a sizable selection of wines from not widely known quality producers, many from organic vintners.
The design of the restaurant has also won a number of accolades: it is quietly contemporary and the dining room is very comfortable.
Our long weekend program offers two mornings cooking master classes (of around two hours each), followed by dinner or lunch, with tastings and refreshments during the class.
One master class will have an emphasis on seafood, while the other will have more of a focus on meat dishes.
Prior to the second master class on Saturday morning, you will have the option to go shopping with the chef in the wonderful organic food market a few minutes’ walk from the restaurant.
With the chef and his team you will have the opportunity to prepare three or four dishes in each master class; one or two starters, a main course and a pudding.
Classes, held in the spacious and well equipped kitchen of the restaurant, will be a combination of hands-on cooking and demonstration.
At the end of the master class, lunch or dinner will be served at the chef’s table adjacent to the kitchen, or in the main restaurant. The meal will comprise the dishes prepared during the morning /later afternoon, and will beserved with wines chosen by the restaurant’s sommelier to complement each course.
During the classes you may learn new exciting flavour combinations – please find below some examples of dishes which may be prepared during the classes:
- A duo of squid and monkfish on a bed of potatoes and olives;
- Duck ham with oven roasted figs and red wine gelee
- Skate wing garnished with squid, calms and Iberian butter beans
- Filet of acorn-fed Iberico pig, marinated with smoked paprika, with clams
- Fried cuttlefish with oysters from Setubal in a Portuguese risotto
- Milk-fed veal “”Maronesa”” chef’s style (Maronesa is a breed from Northern Portugal), with corn fritters and lemon butter
- Portuguese sardines served on brioche, accompanied by cheese from the Azores (queijo da ilha) and strawberries
- Rack of lamb, prepared with oriental spices, served with figs and grapes
- Tuna with pineapple from the Azores, passion fruit and sweet potato
- Bonbon of cherries, goat cheese and edible flowers
- Peaches baked in custard
- Chocolate coated raspberries with “”poejo” (herb from Alentejo, oregano family)
As the chef likes to use seasonal produce, the final choice of dishes prepared will vary depending upon the time of year and availability of ingredients.
Accommodation for the three nights is a 4-star hotel, located in an imposing historic building dating from the early 20th century.
The hotel, which has recently been refurbished, successfully blends traditional Portuguese charm with modern design. All the rooms have parquet floors, air-conditioning and are very comfortable while some have their own private terrace.
The hotel is located in a quiet area in the heart of Lisbon, near the Praca Marques Pombal and is conveniently situated for the metro.
This gastronomic break is available throughout the year, with the exception of August.
The minimum number of guests is two
Please contact us for availability
The price for an all-in 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 2 people is:
EUR 575 per person
A single room supplement of EUR 150 is applicable
The price for an all-in 4 days (3 nights) gastronomic break for 4 people is:
EUR 525 per person
A single room supplement of EUR 150 is applicable
What is included:
- Three nights accommodation 4 star hotel
- Three breakfasts
- Two cooking master classes with a top chef – including refreshments
- One food market visit with a chef
- One extensive restaurant lunch, following cooking master class – including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
- One extensive restaurant dinner, following cooking master class – including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
- One extensive local restaurant dinner– including selected wines, soft drinks, coffee and tea.
- A tour of Lisbon / Alfama, Graca & Baixa areas
It is possible to to enjoy a shorter version of this weekend city break.
Please contact us for further information.
Lisbon airport is a 15 minute journey by taxi from the centre of Lisbon.
Arrival and departure transfers can be organised easily.
Paladares Travel does not offer flight or car rental services and we suggest that you to book these directly with one the many companies offering such services. However, if you would like Paladares Travel to assist you in making such arrangements please let us know.
If you wish to book your flights directly, we kindly refer you to http://www.flytap.nl, the website of TAP Portugal.
TAP Portugal is Portugal’s national airline; they are known for their reliability and good level of service.
TAP has frequent connections to various cities in Portugal, from Amsterdam, Brussels and London.
Alternatively there are many other companies offering flights. Booking early can be very advantageous.
Please find below an outline of the gastronomic trip, which is available all year round, with the exception of August. The tour, for two people or more, may be started on any day of the week except Sunday.
It is also possible to tailor the program to your individual requirements should that be of interest. For example, additional activities can be included during the day or your stay can be extended for you to further enjoy this wonderful city or indeed other regions within Portugal.
Should you be interested in a tailored program, please contact us and we would be happy to arrange a bespoke gastronomic experience for you.
- Arrival at the hotel.
- Dinner will be served in a stylish modern Portuguese restaurant located in the historic part of Lisbon. The restaurant, on the riverfront, affords wonderful views of the city and river.
- The chef focuses on seasonal and regional offerings, fusing excellent Portuguese cuisine with some Mozambican influences, such as fresh seafood and tropical fruits. The three-course menu will be accompanied by matching local wines.
- After breakfast a tour with a local guide through Baixa, Graca and Alfama. These are the oldests areas of Lisbon, dating back to Roman and Arabic times, which is still clearly visible, and still home to some of the best rustic traditional eateries in Lisbon.
Strolling through the alleyways and squares you will enjoy the sights and sounds of these quirky yet beautiful neighbourhoods.
- Your guide will share with you numerous facts and stories about the area which are not mentioned in guide books.
- After the tour, you will have some free time to explore the town and do some shopping.
- Of course we will give you tips as to where to find local delicacies.
- In the late afternoon you are expected at chef Henrique´s restaurant for your first cooking master class, which begins at 17.00.
- Over the following few hours you will have the opportunity to experience the preparation of a number of wonderful Portuguese dishes and learn new techniques.
- The course will culminate in a dinner served at the restaurant, complimented by beautiful Portuguese wines.
- After breakfast, the morning’s master class will begin at 10.00 am at the restaurant.
Accompanied by the chef you will have the opportunity to visit the charming organic food market, a few minutes’ walk away. The chef will explain how he selects the best of the produce and delicacies available.
- Upon your return to the restaurant, the second class will commence. With the chef and his team you will have the opportunity to prepare some delicious Portuguese cuisine.
- Lunch will be served at the end of the morning, comprises the dishes prepared. It will once again be accompanied by excellent wines.
- During the afternoon you will be free to discover the city further at your leisure.
- In the evening, we would be happy to recommend some of our favourite restaurants and make a reservation for you, or you are free to discover one of the city’s many establishments by yourself.
Breakfast sees the conclusion of the program.