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BouBou’s (Lisbon, PT)

BouBou’s
R. Monte Olivete 32A
1200-280 Lisbon, Portugal
Dining date: 11/10/21

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This was my first time visiting Portugal and I didn’t really have anything on my list of places to go; I came across BouBou’s while researching restaurants in Lisbon. Reviews have been positive for this upscale bistro from a brother-sister team; the kitchen is led by Louise Bourrat who has gained experience cooking in upscale restaurants around Europe. The food here tends to be plant and seafood-forward; while a mystery tasting menu was available for €65 we decided to go a la carte.

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The restaurant has an open kitchen around a rather small dining room, but most seats are in the large rear patio.

crab buns

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oyster, garlic butter

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nori taco, seitan

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sweet potato ceviche, coconut, pomegranate, kaffir lime

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fresh tagliatelle, crab bisque, lemon, tarragon

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ox tongue, ravigote, nasturtium

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pork belly, miso caramel, pomegranate

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chocolate 76%, eucalyptus, olive oil, sea salt

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We had a very good meal at BouBou’s. The sweet potato ceviche is a signature item and I could see why. On paper, I wasn’t sure how it would play out but on the plate it worked very well. Creamy whipped sweet potato was bathed in Thai-accented flavors of coconut milk and kaffir lime. The umami-packed taco was another highlight – crispy fried nori was wrapped around a teriyaki-marinated seitan and topped with kimchi rice. Tagliatelle was perfectly cooked with plenty of shellfish flavor while the ox tongue was super tender. The crab bun was one that disappointed – the bun was much too dense and overshadowed both texturally and flavor-wise. Service was attentive and our server was very helpful at recommending dishes and wines to pair – I’d definitely recommend this place and would return.

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