Restaurante Ponto Final (cacilhas)
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A Riverside Food Story
The name makes justice to the location of this restaurant, as it is literally at the end of the river walk on the other side of the Tagus. To get to the restaurant you will have to cross the river on the commuter ferry from Cais do Sodre (Lisbon Side) to Caçilhas (Almada). Fear not as the about 800m left river walk (in the direction of the ocean) takes you through a decaying memories of a once thriving fishing and boating community that inhabited this particular stretch of river. Adorning this “memory lane” trip are the local fishermen, who patiently await their luck in the eroded pontoons. Ponto final is recognizable on the distance by its striking yellow chairs that line its private pontoon. I always recommend that you call ahead and reserve a table at its end to be sure you can enjoy unimpeded magnificent views of the water and of Lisbon. Here the food is all about deep traditional Portuguese home cooking flavours, so the must haves starters are the salt cod with chick peas, the escabeche sardines which are served with very candid Alentejo bread. For main I strongly suggest the tomato rice with deep fried baby mackerels for a taste of the local favourite fisherman’s home dish, or ask for the catch of the day and they will char grill it for you by request. They have quite a good selection of sunshine filled wined from the Alentejo, so be sure to ask for a couple of bottles. One to have with your meal and the other to keep you company while you enjoy the views.
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