In late 2016, Diogo Noronha left the Mainside group, owner of Casa de Pasto (and also of Rio Maravilha and Topo). The restaurant, which looks like an early 20th century family dining room and serves reinterpreted Portuguese cuisine, needed a new chef. The chosen one is the Guimarães-born Hugo Castro, a practitioner of his grandma's old-fashioned cooking who promises to stick to the basics. The transition is being phased in slowly, and the new menu will only come out in the spring. Until then, the list changes weekly according to seasonal availability.
Time Out tips:
– Try the appetizers, particularly the cockles rissoles.
– Despite the traditional menu, the techniques employed are sophisticated.
– Mick Jagger had dinner there in his latest trip to Lisbon.