A Picanha is Lisbon’s restaurant heaven for carnivores, a vegetarian’s hell; there is only one thing on the menu at Picanha and that’s meat. A Brazillian speciality, picanha is a method of barbecuing rump steak with garlic. Succulent shavings are carved up and piled high on plates, with only refried beans and a salad selection as an accompaniment. In fact, the only say you have is how cooked you like your cow.
The all-you-can-eat set menu (well, it makes the decision process straightforward) is a bargain even by continental standards and will set you well on the way to that first colonic irrigation. The restaurant itself is small and the azulejo-covered walls elevate what is essentially a beefed-up canteen to a higher level. Waiting staff are young and the mood lively – particularly after a couple of caipirinhas! Not the place to take a first date or a Tibetan monk.