Tí'Lena is a family-style restaurant in a small stone cottage perched on the side of a mountain in Portugal's Sierra de Lousã. This intimate setting in Talasnal is ideal for experiencing the unique rural environment of the country's schist villages in the mountains outside Coimbra.
When my husband and I were there, the menu was limited to a vegetable soup, roast kid and potatoes or a codfish dish, and a simple homemade desserts, with local wines. It was hearty home cooking, just right for the rustic setting.
The other tables were occupied by happy Portuguese on family outings, and the atmosphere was convivial. Owner/cook Lisete lives in Coimbra and opens the restaurant only on weekends and holidays. With just four tables, reservations are recommended.
Tí'Lena is the perfect luncheon stop while exploring the schist villages of this region, whether hiking or driving. The food is good, and the view from the staircase outside, spectacular.