Baked Octopus Bliss in Lisbon

September 17, 2012

I ate the best octopus in my life in Lisbon. It was insane. Insane.
Pure baked octopus bliss.
I’m feeling a little giddy just thinking about it. That’s weird, I know – it’s food. Or rather, a food memory. But you see, I don’t care, I don’t. Judge me if you will, I just want more of that octopus. Although let’s be honest, you guys totally understand, don’t you? No explanation necessary. It’s a safe place here, my food blog. Thanks for that.
More on the octopus later…

Our last day in Lisbon started with a visit to Mercado da Ribeira, where we marvelled at beautiful produce and bought some fabulously fresh (and cheap – so cheap) fruit. Needless to say I devoured an entire bag of strawberries on this morning.



For the obligatory caffeine hit, Ben and I visited a bar in the market. Here we scored some tips on what to see in the area alongside our espresso.



I then satisfied my ever-growing yoghurt craving. I’m a yoghurt fan, this is true, and when travelling I always miss it a little. One week into our trip I was needing some of the good stuff. Ben wanted chocolate milk, like the 27-year-old man he is, so we visited a convenience store and stocked up. Does anyone else get get extremely excited by all the wonderful yoghurt varieties in Europe? We need to get on that here. We then wandered around the area, stumbling into shops every now and then, and just generally revelling in Lisbon’s laid-back fabulousness.


Lunch was at Frade dos Mares – only our most favourite restaurant stumble ever. The tapas bar around the corner we had originally planned on visiting was closed, and so we found ourselves at this slightly fancy-pants yet approachable restaurant. Here I ordered the baked octopus, their specialty. And now, back home in Melbourne, sitting on my couch, I find myself giddy at the thought of said octopus.Bread, butters, beer and Ben.




Octopus and rice. Heaven.


Salad for good measure.


Looking (a little too) lovingly at our waiter as he spoke to me about my baked octopus, on a bed of roasted baby potatoes with crisp roasted garlic and a generous amount of olive oil. Seriously, can you blame me? Look at it, it’s stunning…



Let’s all take a moment, shall we?


One more Lisbon post to go, then we’re onto Paris. Although I adored reflecting on our time in Lisbon, and cannot wait to visit this engaging city again (and eat more baked octopus, of course), I am awfully excited for our little Parisian affair.

Heidi xo

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  • Alex September 17, 2012 at 6:11 am

    And what lovely pictures again. Hope you enjoyed Portugal!

  • xoCATox September 17, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    Oh wow, it really is stunning! And coming from a girl who has a slight aversion to anything tentacly (I always get the strange fear it's going to latch onto my tongue should I try and eat it!) that's saying something.

    I cannot WAIT for your Parisian tales.
    I adore Paris. I miss Paris. I heart Paris!

  • Lisa @ Blithe Moments September 17, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    I have octopus envy. I can't remember the last time I had really good, tender octopus. Damn this was one amazing trip Heidi!

  • Ros September 17, 2012 at 5:31 pm

    Looks amazing! I'm very much enjoying your Lisbon posts, Portugal is high on my list of places to visit. My parents are in Italy at the moment and just took off for a weekend in Porto (as you do) and said what amazing produce they have and how very cheap it is. Sounds like bliss!

  • Heidi September 17, 2012 at 5:34 pm

    Alex – it was absolutely fantastic, thanks 🙂

    Cat – *sigh* I heart Paris too…. & that's hilarious re your octopus fear. Although also totally kind of makes sense 😛

    Lisa – too good to be true, really!

    Ros – thank you, so happy you enjoyed these posts. Your parents sound like they're having a wonderful time in Europe, how lucky 🙂 Hope you get to Portugal soon!

    Heidi xo

  • Christine @ Food Wine Travel September 17, 2012 at 6:02 pm

    The baked octopus dish sounds fantastic. Looking forward to checking out this restaurant when I'm in Lisbon next year.

  • Leah September 17, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Your trip sounds so wonderful. It's making me want to start to plan my own!

    Gorgeous pics Heidi, so dreamy.

  • Jac September 17, 2012 at 8:20 pm

    Lovely pictures! I cannot wait for the Paris posts 🙂

  • Terry Turtle September 17, 2012 at 8:49 pm

    wow- that's a yummy-looking octopus!!

  • The InTolerant Chef September 18, 2012 at 8:16 am

    So delicious when done right isn't it? And always such a pretty pink too, yummo!

  • Iron Chef Shellie September 18, 2012 at 8:39 pm

    lol, now I want chocolate milk and baked octopus 😛 You look lovely here xx

  • Heidi September 19, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Christine – have a great trip!

    Leah – thanks, lovely 🙂

    Jac – me too!

    Terry – indeed 🙂

    InTolerant Chef – yes, this was the most exquisitely cooked octopus I've ever had…

    Michele – thank you, lady 🙂

    Heidi xo