Portugal may not enjoy the same culinary profile as other European palates, but what it lacks in status it makes up for in earthy authenticity and fresh, enlivening flavour. The country owes its roster of homegrown dishes to its seafaring heritage and rustic agricultural bent, with fresh fish, meat and vegetables taking pride of place within many national dishes.
For those visiting Portugal for the first or fifteenth time, the country surprises with its gastronomic offering, which continues to evolve thanks to the progressive approach taken by Lisbon, Porto and the Douro’s top chefs. Here, tradition meets flair, with a menu of dishes pushing Portugal’s culinary envelope further than ever before.
To celebrate the unique cuisine of this Iberian nation, here we showcase 11 delicious dishes to try in Portugal, and some of the restaurants you can visit to sample the dishes listed.