The Double P’s just came back from an excellent eating trip across Portugal and we’re excited to share the country’s cuisine and eating etiquette with you.
Everywhere we went in Portugal, a sit-down meal at lunch or dinner starts with a series of small dishes known as Couvert. These are placed in front of you as a convenience, and you pay for what you eat. Unlike North American restaurants where bread and butter are free, here it costs approximately 0.60 Euro (€) for either. A small bowl of olives are around €0.80 (well worth it because they’re so delicious), while the prosciutto ham is €3.50, and the cheeses range from €2.50-4.25. We usually waved them off, choosing to spend our money on the main meal, but if you want them, the best part is, you don’t even have to ask.
Read on to learn more about the unique cuisine, including Portuguese Chicken, Gelato, and how the locals efficiently eat breakfast.