Seafood extravaganza a motorcoach tour's Lisbon treat
|A rainy night in Lisbon found us in a great seafood spot in a working class neighborhood.|
|Extraordinary clams, unlike any I'd seen before, were succulent and delicious.|
So when Insight president John Boulding asked us if we wanted to join him for seafood, I jumped at the chance.
John told us we'd be taking the ferry across the Tagus River to dine in a working class neighborhood far from the tourist haunts
Our coach took us to the ferry where we all got umbrellas and queued up to board the boat, which ran every few minutes.
We were urged to stay together and used tickets handed us by Toni, guide/conceirge extraordinaire.
|Whole shrimp, with eyes still in place, required us to bite of the heads before consuming them.|
The restaurant Marisqueira Val de Rio was just a half block from the ferry landing, but it was pouring by then. We raised our umbrellas and leaned into the deluge to follow John to dinner, while Toni brought up the rear. Keeping travel writers on the straight and narrow is something like herding cats. We're curious types who are easily distracted. But the rain probably helped.
|I'd hoped for octopus and got it|
Once inside the restaurant we relinquished umbrellas and were shown to a trio of tables.
I eyed a blackboard menu promising octopus and planned to order it. After orders for beer and wine were filled platters filled with all kinds of seafood kept coming our way . It proved to be an extravaganza of clams, crab, lobster and other shellfish and crustaceans and included the octopus I'd eyed.
|Toothsome crab claws had a side of bread stuffing on the plate.|