TASTES OF THE NATION
There are two dishes so embedded in the national culinary psyche that McDonald’s has assimilated them into their menu. Soup is one – you’ll find it in various guises on every menu – and bifana is the other. Slim pork steaks are cooked in a rich stock of white wine, bay leaf, garlic and spices, then stuffed into a bread bun. Best served with a slug of mustard and an ‘imperial’ (a small beer), they cost two euros or less. Lisboans have their favourite go-tos – go local at O Triângulo da Ribeira (Rua Ribeira Nova 48; behind the TimeOut market), which is run by father-and-son team Jeronimo and Vitor; and As Bifanas do Afonso (Rua da Madalena 146), where stainless-steel surfaces gleam and it’s standing room only.