By Anja Mutic
April 13, 2015
Algarve Prawn Ceviche
Credit: Paulo Barata

An unexpected gift of the Portuguese recession has been the resurgence of easy-on-the-wallet petiscos, the country’s answer to tapas. They’re popping up in restaurants all over town:

At newcomer A Ucharia in Príncipe Real (5A Praça do Príncipe Real; 351-21-593-9486; petiscos $3–$27), standouts include cockle rice and fluffy farófias (cream puffs).

Pigmeu (68 Rua 4 da Infantaria; 351-21-825-2990; petiscos $2–$10), a contemporary space in the cool Campo do Ourique district, specializes in pork, head-to-toe: order cheek croquettes, a tenderloin sandwich, or feet with coriander.

Locals go to O Arranca-Corações (20 Calçada do Cardeal; 351-960-475-667; petiscos $7–$15) in Santa Apolónia for both the steampunk aesthetic and updated classics like tiborna de bacalhau (toasted Alentejo bread topped with roasted codfish).

Even the celebrated chef José Avillez is getting in on the act: at his casual spot, Mini Bar (58 Rua Antonio Maria Cardoso; 351-21-130-5393; petiscos $3–$14), in upscale Chiado, he serves Ferrero Rocher–inspired foie gras bonbons and Algarve prawn ceviche with fried corn.

Pap’Açorda, a beloved Bairro Alto bistro, unveils a petiscos menu this month at its new home in the revamped Ribeira market (24 Avda. de Julho).