Review of Cozinha Velha Restaurant Lisbon

The Cozinha Velha restaurant hosted Mary Goudie of Your Lisbon Guide and me for Sunday lunch in late March 2012. The restaurant was formerly the kitchen of Queluz Palace and has a beautiful interior.

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Interior of Cozinha Velha

We ate from the Executive Menu which cost 35 Euro for three courses excluding drinks. We were offered a selection of breads to start including Maderian, herb and nut varieties. My fish soup was good.

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Fish Soup at Cozhina Velha

I think that Mary’s rabbit pate was probably a better choice but I didn’t want to eat a meat starter and main course.

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Rabbit Pate at Cozhina Velha

I went for the main dish of pork served with clams, a Portuguese favourite. I’d prefer to eat only pork as, for me, the meat and seafood flavours didn’t compliment each other. The pork wasn’t that great; a bit dried out on the exterior with quite a few layers of fat through the meat. I’d have liked to have a salad or some green vegetables served with the dish.

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Pork served with Clams at Cozhina Velha

Cozhina Velha is pudding heaven. There is a dessert buffet and it’s really hard to decide what to have. I had Chocolate Cake and Bolo Real (Royal Cake made with almonds, eggs & pumpkin).

Bolo Real at Cozinha Velha

The waiting staff spoke excellent English and were very attentive. Mary and I thought that afternoon tea or a glass of wine with some cake from the dessert buffet might be a popular option. For me, dessert was the best part of the meal.

I reckon that if you had wine and coffee to accompany your meal, you could easily spend over 100 Euro for two to lunch at Cozinha Velha. In my opinion, it’s a characterful setting in which to eat let down by the main course.

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You can see all my Cozhina Velha photos on Flickr.

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