Food Diary: Fancy In Portugal



Those of you that follow me on IG will have already seen my food-focussed Insta story that I uploaded in August of my fancy a$$ 5-course meal at Dom Carlos in Portugal. However, those of you that don’t/didn’t would have missed out on my real-time meal commentary, so I’m posting it here for you all to drool over at your leisure.

But First, Carbs

Before any five-course meal, you’re clearly gonna wanna load up on bread. Even if you tried, it would be impossible to resist the bread basket you get at Dom Carlos: homemade sourdough, soda bread, and, my personal favourite, homemade banana bread.

Bread basket and butter in Portugal
Course Número Um

For my mom, this was a prawn and smoked salmon filo basket with mango salad and sweet chilli. For my dad and me, this was the politically incorrect foie gras with smoked duck breast. The idea of foie gras has always been problematic for me. I’d never tried it before, but I wanted to give it a go. Cards on the table: it was delicious; I enjoyed it guiltily. Would I order it again, though? Probably not.

Foie Gras Portugal
Smoked salmon starter in Portugal
Course Número Dois

The soup course. Soup is soup is soup: it doesn’t photograph well, and it isn’t well-known for being exciting. However, my cream of portobello mushroom soup and my dad’s carrot and rosemary were both tastier than they look. And secretly, I love a good bowl of soup. I’m ready for my senior citizen’s discount now, please.

Mushroom soup in Portugal
Carrot and rosemary soup in Portugal
Course Número Tres

An obligatory fish course, no choosing about it. Even my fish-phobic dad enjoyed what we were served up: poached sea bass with butternut squash purée, salad and a creamy dill sauce.

Fish course in Portugal
Course Número Quatro

Time for the main event. My parents opted for a regional delicacy of black Iberican pork; I chose roast chicken breast with a tarragon sauce. I tried both, obviously. They were both insane, obviously.

Iberican pork in Portugal
Chicken in Portugal
Course Número Cinco

It’s everyone’s favourite course: dessert! This was the toughest decision, and we all chose the same one in the end. Now, I’m not exaggerating when I say that this is probably the best dessert I’ve ever had in my life, and perhaps even the greatest cheesecake that exists on Earth. You can’t change my mind. Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce to you the creamiest white chocolate cheesecake and homemade vanilla ice cream.

White chocolate cheesecake in Portugal

Would you ever consider food tourism? (I know I would!)

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