You don’t just go to Lisbon to attend the NOS Alive music festival, but to also sample and savour the miniature chicken ( or salmon ) pies.
Locally they are known as ‘empanadas’ and succulent they are too! We were staying in the Principe Real district just a stone’s throw from the Doce Real Café which we frequented daily to pick up supplies for the music filled evening ahead.
To go the Principe Real district and not see this mythical pastry shop with pendulum clocks on the walls, marble tables and wrought iron chairs, is like going to Rome and not seeing the Pope,
The fame of their pies goes from mouth to mouth. The puff pastry is possible a little stiff for some taste, but the filling was moist, with generous chunks of chicken, in Doce Rel, you can still find other varieties such as duck, chicken and salmon. The size is similar to the North of England Whist pies.
I definitely want to go back and get the recipe!
A true find and a genuine 8.9
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