I traveled to Lisbon, Portugal for 4 days and wasn’t expecting to see many gluten free options. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out that wasn’t the case. Many restaurants and cafes had gluten free options and most grocery stores had an aisle designated for gluten free food. If you don’t speak Portugese, I would recommend printing out a celiac explanation card in Portugese in case you ever go somewhere where the staff don’t speak English. Overall Lisbon had many gluten free options and I felt safe eating at these restaurants.
(The lighting was bad so unfortunately the smile is hard to see but it is there)
#nimatested Dish: Steak, potatoes, broccoli, and pumpkin puree (without parsley sauce)
Notes: Food was delicious! The staff was knowledgeable and they checked with the chefs to make sure everything on my dish was gluten free.
#nimatested Dish: Raspberry Gelato
Notes: They have two locations, both are in the Alfama district, but the one I went to opened up a few months ago so there is no address online. They had a sign that said gluten free options available so I went in to check it out. The server explained that all their fruit gelato is gluten free but all the other flavors weren’t. It’s definitely worth checking out since it tastes amazing! They had many flavors that you could try and they taste like pure fruit not a fake flavoring.
#nimatested Dish: Tuna Meatballs with Rice Noodles and Veggies
Notes: Everything here is gluten free and there are many vegan and vegetarian options as well. It’s hidden away so unless you specifically are looking for it, it’s hard to find.
(again I apologize for the bad lighting but there is a smile there)
#nimatested Dish: The Ava (strawberry, blueberry, and chocolate crepe)
Notes: Located near the harbor front, they can make most of their sweet or savory crepes with gluten free dough. They only make a certain amount per day, so call ahead before you go to make sure they haven’t run out. The cook also explained that they use the same grill but they thoroughly wash it and use different utensils for gluten free crepes. The crepe was delicious!
#nimatested Dish: Risotto with scallops
Notes: This Italian restaurant has many gluten free options and they even brought out gluten free bread to start with. Very good food but pricey. The staff were very helpful and friendly.
The next restaurant I wasn’t able to Nima test, but I highly recommend it as a place to get pastries!
Right across the street from Sama Sama is a restaurant called Zarzuela which was the only place I found that has a gluten free version of the famous Portugese pastry, pastel de nata. Unfortunately I hadn’t brought enough capsules with me that day, while walking around, so I wasn’t able to Nima test it but I talked with the staff and they were very knowledgeable about cross-contamination and celiac disease.
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