Experimentation is the name of the gourmet game at 2780 Taberna, a terrific, zesty restaurant in the Oeiras suburb of west Lisbon. Every week, there’s a different menu, but it’s always irreverent and gutsy. Under the joyful guidance of chef Cardoso and sous chef Guerre, creative dishes are cooked with typically Portuguese ingredients – all from small producers - to form new and exciting things to try, like roast pork with crackling, foam, basil puree and baunilhada potatoes, and cod in a rustic cornbread sandwich (broa). Service is relaxed and friendly; the prices low for this calibre of cooking. So, does 2780 Taberna succeed in its mission to provide pleasure and entertainment?
The charismatic people who run this place are so obviously love with what they do that their sense of pleasure and fun are contagious. So, yes, it’s a good place to bring foodie friends and colleagues, especially those who like the thrill of surprises. Fantastic national food, the best wines – matched to the menu and sold by the glass, and decent prices – it’s a winner.