Of the many restaurants in Bairro Alto, the red-fronted Sinal Vermelho is a popular choice for those wanting to line their stomachs before hitting the nearby bars. A young crowd creates an upbeat atmosphere and T-shirt clad staff make for a relaxed environment.
Despite the bright jaundice-inducing lighting and an uninspiring interior, there’s a definite buzz about the place. Given the modern attitude of the owners, it’s surprising to learn that Sinal has been serving customers for 20 years. The restaurant is always busy at weekends and is a popular meeting-place for bright young things.
Dishes are simple but delicious and offer some light relief to the usual calorie-laden menus. Fresh seafood and grilled meats won’t weigh too much on the belly – particularly important if you’ve planned big night ahead.