On a terrace or in an enclosed space, as breakfast or as lunch, a brunch is always a good option. With British origin, brunch is increasingly a trend in Portugal. The options of places to enjoy this meal have increased but at the same time, also the doubts about which will be the ideal space. Thinking about it, Excelente brought together the best brunches in Porto and Lisbon.
Os melhores brunches do Porto
Zenith Brunch & Cocktails Bar
Zenith won the Traveller's Choice award by Tripadvisor, ranking among the best brunches in the world. The dishes are varied and range from banana bread, chicken tapioca, cheddar and avocado and the famous Zenith eggs. In this space you can order brunch anytime and create your own menu, with no menu that limits you.
O Diplomata is one of the best known brunches at Invicta, not only for its price and variety of menus, but also for the quality. You have options that include two simple pancakes, scrambled eggs and bacon, cold drink and hot drink. For those who prefer a Family Brunch, there are six simple pancakes, three toppings to choose from, XL box of scrambled eggs and bacon, box of beans and tomatoes, and a bottle of natural juice of the day.
The 7groaster brings together local accommodation and gastronomy at the Vila Nova de Gaia pier and offers a brunch. Croissants, rustic bread, ham and cheese, sheep's cheese, butter and jam are the basis of this option. This is the ideal place for vegans, with a superb offer: rustic bread with vegetable butter, jam and pepper humus, hamburger with mix of vegetables and mushrooms and mini avocado toast with falafel.
Nicolau-Porto brunch is a space full of nature and with a terrace that blends wonderfully with the late afternoons. At Nicolau, time seems to take you to another dimension and the food has unique flavours. Here you can either order à la carte or opt for the menu that includes: orange juice, yoghourt with fruit and homemade granola or classic pancake, more eggs to choose from, more coffee, American or tea.
Garden Café is an excellent starting point for those who want to know Porto, located next to the Trindade metro. Brunch has no set time here and is therefore available, every day, all the time. From pancakes, to bowls and waffles, there are several options.
Lazy Breakfast Club
The Lazy Breakfast Club brings together two of the most important variables: good and cheap. In this space you can eat croissant with fried egg, bacon and cheddar for just four euros or chicken waffle with avocado cream, mango and curry chutney, tomato and poached egg for six. If you don't want to risk it, you can opt for English breakfast, with fried eggs, fresh sausage, tomatoes, bacon, mushrooms, spinach, beans and bread, served with orange juice and a coffee.
Saturdays and Sundays are brunch days at WOW, with DJ performances and all. Between 10 am and 6 pm, at the VP restaurant, you can enjoy the most typical dishes, such as eggs Benedict and pancakes, or opt for something healthier, such as smoothies and yoghourt with granola. Although the space is recent, it is already considered a key point to enjoy one of the best views over the city.
The best brunches in Lisbon
Augusto is among the best brunches in town, having been awarded Traveller's Choice. There are three main menus you can choose from: a Little Hungry, Medium Hungry and Starving. One of the most famous dishes is banana bread, known to many as the best in town.
Fauna e Flora
Fauna e Flora is located in Rua da Esperança and is decorated with a lot of plants that makes it live up to its name. In addition to pancakes and granola, this option offers delicious bowls. For lunch, you always have the option to try the Fauno, a cheeseburger with basil mayonnaise or the fresh tuna mince with chimichurri in bolo do caco.
Varanda do Ritz
The Ritz brunch is one of the most coveted in the city and relies on executive chef Pascal Meynard to give it shape. Available at the weekend from 12:30 to 16:00, brunch includes pancakes, french toast, waffles, homemade yoghourts and many other classics. On a buffet basis, you can try everything you want, even coffee shop drinks and juices of the day.
Dear Breakfast already has three venues in Lisbon. The brunch menu includes sweet toast, croissants, tea or coffee, mimosa or bloody mary and a dish that includes eggs or pancakes. To drink there are always several options, from classic coffee, to teas, juices, smoothies and cocktails.
Casa Cabana is set in the Embassy, in the former Prince Royal Palace. Despite the fact that there is no established menu, there are several options, such as shakshuka with eggs, spinach and onions. This restaurant is dedicated to Middle Eastern flavours, so you can count on several different dishes.
At Mâide, the dishes are signed by chef Nuande Pekel, responsible for the delicious shrimp pad thai. This space has the ability to bring together various flavours of the world, from Hawaii to Indonesia. For those who do not want to risk and prefer to play it safe, there is a brunch menu with pancakes or yoghourt with fruit and homemade granola, eggs of choice, natural orange juice and coffee or tea.
Curae goes far beyond a plant shop. Every Saturday, the restaurant gives way to a vegan brunch with buckwheat pancakes with almonds, courgette rolls with tofu and mint paste, oil butter and seasonal fruit, and much more. In the end you get a 10% voucher on plants.
Mouth watering? We know it is. With these 14 options you have 14 opportunities to savour what the best brunches in the country have to offer. From the typical pancakes, to the most daring dishes, one thing is certain: they are all Excelente alternatives.