This isn’t a post about getting lost in Lisbon; Lost In is the name of a restaurant in trendy Lisbon neighborhood, Príncipe Real. I had heard a lot of talk about this place so decided to check it out for myself and of course to give you, my lovely readers, some insider intel!
To find Lost In, you can either go through a shop and through to the restaurant in the back, or go down a small side street and under an arch which lead to an unexpected cityscape of Lisbon. After you stop gazing at the city at your feet, you step inside to the brightly colored, Indian (with a little bohemian) themed restaurant. Despite the style of the decor, the food is classified as Mediterranean fusion. You can sit inside the restaurant or in an outdoor garden area with tent-like seating and cushioned benches with large, colorful parasols.
We sat at a table near the open windows so we could take in the view as we ate. We decided to forgo the starters because we had a birthday cake and other birthday treats waiting for us back home (it was my favorite – and only – sister’s birthday). So I went straight for the salmon with bok choy and shiitake mushrooms and smoked teriyaki sauce, which was surprisingly filling and quite good. I sampled someone’s quinoa risotto with wild mushrooms and broccoli and felt it needed a bit more flavor… but I also love my risottos super cheesy/creamy and this was drier (and healthier) than what I’m used to. And even though I didn’t get to try it, the duck breast on a bed of roasted vegetables, lightly cooked spinach and red onion chutney was apparently pretty good too.
As mentioned, we were there for a light meal before gorging on birthday cake, but one of the staff overheard us mention this and immediately asked who the birthday girl was. Moments later, my sister was treated to a slice of what I can only describe as a crème brûlée-tart hybrid with a little candle on top (so cute!). She was kind enough to share it with me, even though it wasn’t my birthday, and it was absolutely delicious! I would go back for that dessert alone!
I’m actually looking forward to my next experience at Lost In, because their lanches include toasties and scones with pumpkin jam and apple jam! Their selection of tea on the menu also left a great impression on me, so another visit to Lost In is decidedly in my future.
Pop in to Lost In for a meal or a light snack – it functions as both a restaurant and café. And that view…