Beer on tap is still a relatively new trend in Lisbon, but a half-pint and a plate of seafood are commonplace in the numerous cervejerias across town. After 51 years of business, Ramiro is still a favourite with locals from all walks of life. White-collar workers rub shoulders with White House representatives and get their hands dirty with a crab stick or two.
The atmosphere is relaxed and the air thick with lively conversation and sticky buttered lobster meat. A more refined upstairs dining area is available for those who prefer to use forks rather than fingers. Despite a less than salubrious location, locals regularly queue for a space on the much-coveted plastic tables.
The pick’n’mix menu is varied and the different shellfish are mainly sold by weight. However, staff are happy to advice on quantities. Much of the shellfish arrives daily from Portuguese waters, but the Mozambique prawns are delivered frozen. A great place to gorge yourself on fabulous seafood.