Mini Bar Teatro

We made a reservation at Mini Bar Teatro after having an excellent lunch at one of its sister restaurants.  Mini Bar offers a la carte small plates, but we opted to put ourselves in the chef’s hands with the “epic menu,” which includes 12 mini courses that are all a surprise.  It’s so fun to eat this way but usually really expensive.  Fortunately for us, Portugal is really affordable.

The dishes were all delicious, and it was clear the staff had a lot of fun presenting them with some flair and mystery.  It was really dark in the restaurant so the following photos are not the best.  Here’s the full menu:

1st course: Margarita apples.  These apples were themselves a cocktail, having been soaked in (or injected with?) tequila and lime.

1st course: Margarita apples. These apples were themselves a cocktail, having been soaked in (or injected with?) tequila and lime.

2nd course: El Bulli's famous exploding olives.  These are basically liquified olive and brine.

2nd course: El Bulli’s famous exploding olives. These are basically liquified olive and brine.

3rd course: Shrimp ceviche.  We are suckers for ceviche, as you know.

3rd course: Shrimp ceviche. We are suckers for ceviche, as you know.

4th course: Tempura avocados.  Lisbon is the first place we've been on this trip that uses avocados and we missed them so much.

4th course: Tempura avocados. Lisbon is the first place we’ve been on this trip that regularly uses avocados and we’ve missed them so much.

5th course: Beef croquettes.  Simple but yummy.

5th course: Beef croquettes. Simple but yummy.

Foie gras with fig jam, basil, and parmesan.  Sounds weird but totally works.

6th course: Foie gras with fig jam, basil, and parmesan. Sounds weird but totally works.

7th course: Smoked mackerel, apples, and celery.  This arrived inside a glass dome full of smoke.

7th course: Smoked mackerel, apples, and celery. This arrived inside a glass dome full of smoke.

8th course: Tartare cones, a la French Laundry.  One is beef and the other is tuna.  These might have been our favorites.

8th course: Tartare cones, a la French Laundry. One is beef and the other is tuna. These might have been our favorites.

9th course: Cod croquettes with a spicy, tangy sauce (ingredients still a mystery).

9th course: Cod croquettes with a spicy, tangy sauce (ingredients still a mystery).

10th course: Hamburger and tots, but perfectly done.

10th course: Hamburger and tots, but perfectly done.

11th course: Chocolate mouse cones with fleur de sel.

11th course: Chocolate mouse cones with fleur de sel.

12th course: Lime ice cream and yuzu foam inside a green apple candy shell, served on lemon curd.  We love all those things!

12th course: Lime ice cream and yuzu foam inside a green apple candy shell, served on lemon curd. We love all those things!

 

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