Pasteis de Belém.

Pasteis de Belém (Antiga Confeitaria de Belém) is an old bakery in the Belém area of Lisbon. They are famous for having their own style of making Pastel de Nata (which I’m pretty much obsessed with now).

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They have a MASSIVE seating area for table service and the prices are exactly the same, so we decided to have a wee rest and sit at the tables rather than waiting in the massive queue.

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We immediately ordered 2 Pastels de Nata for everyone.

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Those disappeared in about 5 seconds.

Our Brazilian guide to Portugal then ordered some Bolinhos de Bacalhau (Bacalhau croquettes) and some Coxinha (fried chicken dumplings) because we needed to try them.

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She was right. The bacalhau croquette was the bomb. Bacalhau is just the Portuguese word for salted cod….which is something that I didn’t think I would like. But, honestly…it’s just so good. Rambo and his sister both assure me that this magical food is readily available to me in Glasgow. I’ll report back on these rumors soon.

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The fried chicken dumplings were super delicious too. They were creamy – almost like the chicken was cooked in some sort of cream of mushroom soup. These were considerably larger than the croquettes and were super satisfying.

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After having a few savory pies, we decided to just go ahead and have lunch in the Antiga Confeitaria de Belém. Rambo and I got two duck pies, one tuna pie and a presunto (prosciutto) and cheese toastie (grilled sandwich for my fellow Americans).

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The duck pies were good, but I wish they were warm. I’m not so keen on room temp duck. They also had a creamy filling with spinach, but the pie was puffed up far more than it was filled which is a little deceptive.

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The tuna pie was delicious. It was essentially tuna mayo (or tuna salad, as we call it back in the States) in puff pastry shell.

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My sandwich apparently wasn’t deemed worthy of a photo. It was fairly plain and simple, prosciutto, cheese and bread.

We were all in agreement that we preferred the pastels de nata with a more substantial filling (like they served everywhere else) over the fluffier and lighter filling of Belém. They were still delicious though, so you should go and decide for yourself on that front. You should absolutely go for the Bacalhau croquettes and the fried chicken balls. They were both amazing.

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