Fauna e Flora - Rua da Esperança, Lisboa
The first one, in Santos, is a must-visit place for those who enjoy tasty breakfasts and amazing brunches. Since it opened its doors in 2017, Fauna e Flora became a great addition to every list of the best places to hang out in Lisbon.
So, it’s no surprise that when the owners opened this second restaurant, it became an overnight success. With more light, charisma, aesthetic, seats, this second Fauna e Flora has everything you can expect and much more.
My girlfriend and I weren’t sure how long we would wait for a lazy Saturday brunch and to our surprise, we didn’t wait at all. The nice barista spotted a vacant table and took us there with a smile on his face. It was crowded but not noisy. One thing I felt is that they set the tables in a way that if it has lots of people, no one is sitting right next to each other. You have space to chill, talk and enjoy the food.
Although the menu is long, it is not complicated. Everything seemed fantastic and choosing wasn’t easy. I picked a toast with smoked salmon, ricotta cheese, sous vide eggs, cherry tomatoes, arugula, micro leaves, seeds, and lime zest and two small cheeseburgers with basil mayonnaise, tomato, fresh leaves and seeds bread and flora chips. My girlfriend chose a grilled Portobello mushroom with roasted layers of tomato, crispy bacon, parmesan cheese & purple onion with fresh avocado slices, micro leaves, seeds and an avocado toast with sous vide eggs.
It’s easy to be surprised with food like this because it sounds amazing but often doesn't taste as good as it looks. This was not the case. It was freakishly good. Everything. The ingredients are fresh, cooked on the spot, with perfect seasoning. I really loved the salmon toast. I think it was one of the best I’ve ever eaten.
Overall, Fauna e Flora is the real deal. Every inch of the restaurant is Instagram friendly, it has a very, very cool vibe, it’s spacious, and the food matches the visual porn on the table. It’s also a restaurant where brunch is available at every hour and a bunch of options that you can try in different settings.
I know I will come back, that’s for sure.
Photo credits to my girlfriend.