I made my first foray in Lisbon today. In honour of this tremendous occasion I had decided to do something very special: have TWO pastry experiences.
It’s going to be a very good day. I’ll just blank out the embarrassing fall from earlier (I cycled confidently to Cascais station, only to bump into the edge of the pavement and tumble to the floor. There were people watching in the parked car; I laughed, they didn’t …).
So without any plan of action – other than to wander aimlessly around -I found Pastelaria Orion. They had pasteis in the window; I was sucked in.
The staff helpfully – despite my current lack of Portugese vocabulary – served me a pastel de nata to go. An old woman rather rudely pushed me out of the way without a word in either English or Portugese, but again I’ll brush this under the carpet.
The nata itself was a step up from my first Portguese nata (I’ve had several in the UK). The pastry was wonderfully crisp and the filling deep. The pastry was really the standout on this nata, while eating it the phrase ‘this pastry is en point’ came to mind. The custard was a smidge disappointing; it was a bit too sweet and lacking a depth of flavour for me.
All in all a solid, but not spectacular nata.
Onward to nata number 2.