A tasca

a tasca

What is a Tasca?

That would be a tasca, a type of restaurant that only exists in Portugal. It’s not a Spanish bodega, nor an Italian osteria – most tascas started out serving only house wine, brandy and a few snacks behind the counter, but have since evolved into full-fledged eateries while managing to preserve their authenticity in several ways.

What is it like to eat at Tasca?

Truth is, eating in a good tasca can feel a bit like eating in someone’s home. The food tastes homemade, grandmother-ish, and it’s very easy to establish a special connection with the waiters and owners. After a visit or two, they might address the customer by name, recommend a dish, tell a joke or strike up a conversation.

How do Lisboetas choose their Tasca?

Most lisboetas have their favorite tasca and know its menu by heart. Others have favorite dishes at each one and opt to chase them around town. All approaches are valid. Truth is, eating in a good tasca can feel a bit like eating in someone’s home.

What do tascas in Lisbon do?

After a visit or two, they might address the customer by name, recommend a dish, tell a joke or strike up a conversation. Also, it should be noted that, in Lisbon, a great number of tascas are owned and run by families from different regions of Portugal, mainly from the north, and they aren’t afraid of bringing their own local recipes to the menus.

What makes a good Tasca?

In a good tasca, once a client sits he will be presented with bread, olives and, with some luck, a regional cheese.

How do Lisboetas choose their Tasca?

Most lisboetas have their favorite tasca and know its menu by heart. Others have favorite dishes at each one and opt to chase them around town. All approaches are valid. Truth is, eating in a good tasca can feel a bit like eating in someone’s home.

Why choose Lisbon tascas?

Also, it should be noted that, in Lisbon, a great number of tascas are owned and run by families from different regions of Portugal, mainly from the north, and they aren’t afraid of bringing their own local recipes to the menus.

What is it like to eat at a Lisboeta?

Truth is, eating in a good tasca can feel a bit like eating in someone’s home. Most lisboetas have their favorite tasca and know its menu by heart. Others have favorite dishes at each one and opt to chase them around town. All approaches are valid. Truth is, eating in a good tasca can feel a bit like eating in someone’s home.

What goes into a Tasca?

For starters, the starters. In a good tasca, once a client sits he will be presented with bread, olives and, with some luck, a regional cheese.

What is a Tasca daily menu?

This daily menu is a crucial piece of the whole tasca experience: each tasca offers specific dishes on each day of the week, particularly at lunch. Tradition dictates that in nearly all tascas bacalhau (salted cod) is served on Mondays, because there is no fresh fish available at the markets.

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