We were the first ones to arrive so we had the privilege to take a quick tour of the garden at Santa Clara 1728, the hotel where Ceia is located, to enjoy our welcome drinks.
So the dinner begins.
The most cool experience during the dinner at Ceia was, we get to actually visit the kitchen, where all the magic happens.
The first meal, on our first night, in Lisbon was at Ceia, where they host only one dinner service with only 14 people per night. A reservation to this experience can be made and prepaid online at their website. A menu does not exist - the Chef presents to you a journey with food as its medium. As a part of the dinner service, you may opt to do a Wine or Juice Pairing at the time of reservation. Since we never heard of a Juice pairing with a course meal, we decided to get one of each, so we can try both the wine and juice pairings. (Handsome) Chef Pedro Pena Bastos presented each dish with a closer, isolated look at the key ingredients used for each dish. It provided a perspective on the amount of ingenuity it requires to take a raw ingredient and refine it into something palatable. Every dish was presented to us beautifully, and, of course, tasted amazing. One of our favorites was actually the first starter dish called “Rice Bean”. We can really have a full plate of these! Another aspect of the service that caught our attention was the fact that the bread was baked using Hay, which we could immediately notice by the smoky aromas emanating from the leavened bread.
The atmosphere, along with the aesthetic, of Ceia is perfection. The best part of the night was that we got to meet new, interesting, witty, amazing people, including the Ceia staff. We made new friends, Pedro and Catarina, both of whom are Lisbon locals; they both shared great tips on how best to explore the city of Lisbon! We hope to see them again soon in Switzerland, since Pedro works in Switzerland. ;) And, let’s not forget Alexander, the host, and Mário, Awesome Sommelier of the night at Ceia. They were super thoughtful throughout the whole night and made sure to elevate our dining experience to the fullest. They were also kind enough to show us a tour of the hotel room where I was super interested in ever since I booked this dinner. You can check out Ceia and the hotel through their amazing Instagram account and photos. To wrap all this up, it was just too perfect to be the first night in Lisbon, Portugal.
Campo de Santa Clara 128,
1100-473 Lisboa, Portugal
Photos by Bobo and Bibi