The Chiado area of Lisbon is a magnet for the hip and trendy of Portugal’s capital city. It’s near the top of the glamour scale, complete with designer shops, art galleries and trendy restaurants. And, in the Largo do Teatro S. Carlos, within the walls of an old convent is a culinary cool spot not to be missed…Largo.
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The magic behind Largo is the recipe of three special ingredients: architect and designer Miguel Câncio Martins; chef Miguel Castro e Silva; and owner Frederico Collares Pereira (also known for Doca Seis and Doca Peixe restaurants in the Doca de Santo Amaro area). Collares Pereira wants Largo to be “the restaurant Lisbon deserves,” so nothing is spared in trying to reach this goal.
Entering Largo, guests are immediately aware of the juxtaposition of historic and modern architecture. Contrasting contemporary colors of white and black, and lettuce green and fuchsia compete for your attention. Yet, the vaulted stone ceilings and imposing stone columns dominate the design. Together, the aesthetic works in harmony to create a very unique and beautiful space.
On the ground floor, in the main dining room, three large black glass panes are cut into the 30-meter wall. A swarm of jellyfish swim about in a quiet deep sea world. Eerie blue and green lighting enhance the animals as they drift through the water. It is truly a mesmerizing effect that adds a combined sense of solitude, theatrics and uniqueness to the dining experience.
Upstairs, the mood turns bright pink. The mezzanine has a completely unique ambiance than other parts of Largo. Large arched windows provide views to the action below. An added feature of this space is a modern air extraction system. Diners who enjoy smoking between meals can feel comfortable and welcome in this space.
Of course, you haven’t come to Largo exclusively for its design! Wondering if the food lives up to it fabulous atmosphere? Surely renowned Portuguese Chef Miguel Castro e Silva would never disappoint you.
Castro e Silva honed his culinary skills at such popular and lauded spaces as the Bull & Bear in Porto and the Tuga restaurant in London. His innovation in reinterpreting traditional Portuguese dishes with international flavors is applauded by gastronomes across Portugal and the world.
Some top picks from the current menu include:
Marinated sea-bass with fresh herbs
Trio of fishes – Tuna Tataki, Horse Mackerel tartar, Marinated Sea-bass
Grilled scallops with corn bread
Sautéed foie gras medallions with honey on mixed lettuce
Baby squid sautéed on potatoes with two olive oils
Fresh Coriander cream soup with goat cheese and braised tomato
Risotto of Gorgonzola with pear in Porto and balsamic
Fresh Tagliolini with Rock Lobster
Sautéed squid with shrimp in ‘beurre blanc’ sauce
Grilled Sea bass with orange and fennel sauce
Hake and mussels with Rocket risotto
Sole filets with scallops on thyme and leek sauce
Codfish with wild mint bread quenelles
Boneless Spring chicken filled with mushroom Duxelles
Duck magret with green asparagus and truffles risotto
Roasted Iberico Pork with grilled polenta
Fillet steak on sautéed spinach with Azeitão cheese sauce
Fillet steak and sautéed foie gras on wine sauce
Pricing on the menu is very simple: starters are €12; and main dishes are €22.
Large is a great place to grab a cocktail and hangout with friends. A lighted alabaster bar, imported from France, makes for a dramatic backdrop for socializing and mingling.
For more information, visit the Largo website.
Rua Serpa Pinto, nº10ª
Tel. +351 21 347 72 25
Fax. +351 21 347 72 89
Dinner Hours: 20:00 to 01:00
Closed on Sundays
Private parking lot 5€