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A bit like entering the doctor’s reception, the maitre d’ of Pharmacia in Lisbon, is a little curt.We asked to have drinks before going to our table, and it was if we had asked to eat somebody’s first-born.

Eventually, our pear and part drinks arrived, but the garden seats were so uncomfortable, we asked to take these to or expectant table.
The atmosphere inside the restaurant, I mean, pharmacy, was much more sympathetic. The decor left you in no doubt about the theme of the evening ahead, even the wine coolers were up-cycled medicine chests.
The surprise menu was explained and was a mere €28, we decided it was worth a bash. A fine Duoro accompanied the meal, but to be honest, after the pear and port concoction, we managed a mere fraction of the bottle.
A melon soup with crisped bacon arrived, in a test tube. This wasn’t spectacular, but a good start to the meal. A sausage croquant and fig with pig wrapper arrived, the latter being utterly divine.
A plate of fish nestled on a base of vegetables and herbs arrived, the coriander in the mix fake cleansing your palette. And oh boy it needed it for the next course. Bit of a mistake I thought, steak with smashed potato and blue cheese. A bit of a misdiagnosis if you don’t mind me saying so. Way too much cheese, and from me, that means WAY too much cheese.
An apple crumble arrived, this could have a dental surgery in business all on its own. Very sweet, very moorish.
Monique Chambers

Monique started indulge in 2011 and has since created Indulge Me GIFT and Indulge Me FOOD and volume 1 of The Artists Directory - Malta. A marketing professional by trade, Monique's passion is to promote local talent and Malta in general. Free time is her biggest indulgence, when she can tinker in her craft room or the kitchen, or be selfish with a book, the sofa and good glass of wine (of course, wearing something beautiful and with freshly coiffed hair!)

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