Bocca Restaurant in Lisbon hosted Mary Goudie of Your Lisbon Guide and me to dinner in late March 2012. This is one of the hot Lisbon restaurants, so I was a bit dismayed that the interior seemed more like an upmarket canteen with plastic topped tables and not very comfortable chairs. The tables were pretty close together, so if the restaurant was busy, you’d be pretty close to the adjacent diners.
Interior of Bocca Lisbon
We asked the staff to chose our dishes for us, which with hindsight, probably wasn’t a good idea. We started with an Amuse Bouche of small pieces of vegetables clipped and impaled on a wooden strip served with a dip.
Amuse Bouche at Bocca Lisbon
I enjoyed the Sauted Tuna in a Duck Broth.
Sauted Tuna in Duck Broth at Bocca Lisbon
I was disappointed by my Turbot Served with Mushroom and Clam Sauce. I’ve had much better grilled turbot. I’d have liked there to be a salad or some green vegetable served with the turbot.
Tubot served with Mushrooms & Clam Sauce at Bocca Lisbon
I was rather baffled when my Sweet Garden dessert appeared and totally flumoxed by the time I’d tasted it. It consisted of chocolate soil (the translation from Portuguese), which was a bed of granular chocolate that didn’t even taste of chocolate, topped with celery ice cream, crystallised cherry tomato, caramlised pumpkin and carrot pudding (which tasted like a mousse). This was probably the worst dessert I’ve ever had. I had a taste of Mary’s Rabanda’s Anatomy dessert of milk foam, eggy-bread mousse and cinammon ice cream and thought it was bland.
Desserts at Bocca Lisbon
I reckon that unless you ate a lot of bread, you could leave Bocca still feeling hungry. Considering my three course meal would’ve cost more than 50 Euro excluding drinks, I’d say it’s poor value for money.
Bocca had quite a few customers for a Sunday night, but I wouldn’t recommend it based on my dining experience. Maybe if I’d ordered for myself, I’d have had a better impression; I definitely would have given the Sweet Garden dessert a wide berth.
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