Top 5 Best Japanese Restaurants in Lisbon
A taste of Japan in Lisbon. Well, you’re in for a treat.
Foreigners craving home comforts while traveling the Portuguese capital are always pleasantly surprised by how many great Asian food options there are, Japanese in particular.
The Japanese cuisine has crept very successfully into Portuguese society, with sushi being one of the favored foods even by the locals. Here’s where to go for the top of the lot.
Tasca Kome in Lisbon
For those interested in the broader Japanese cuisine, and not just sushi, head to Tasca Kome. This restaurant sits on the boundary between the city center and the Alfama, and the menu is a broad spectrum of Japanese dishes.
So broad, in fact, that they don’t even offer their sushi menu during their lunch service and one can only order this during dinner. At lunch you’re encouraged to explore other elements of Japanese cooking.
It’s fantastic, particularly their sashimi bowls and seared fish options. To end off take a look at their matcha ice cream!
Address: Tuesday to Saturday — 12:30pm to 3pm // 7pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: R. da Madalena 57, 1100-016 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Baixa-Chiado
Miss Jappa in Lisbon
Miss Jappa is in the Bairro Alto region of the city center, and is loved by tourists looking for fresh sushi during the week.
Having become the tourist trap that it is, you will need to book on weekends. A lot of Lisbon’s sushi spots don’t open at all on Sundays, but Miss Jappa takes Mondays off instead.
In addition to sushi, Miss Jappa does Japanese noodles too. Japanese ramen differs slightly to traditional Korean; you should definitely give it a try if you’ve not tasted it before. They also do a Japanese version of bao buns!
Families dining with small children need only let the chef know and he will happily prepare special dishes that they will eat.
Address: Tuesday to Sunday — 6:30pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Praça do Príncipe Real 5, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Avenida
Confraria LX in Lisbon
More sushi, more sushi, more sushi!
Confraria LX is in the Cais do Sodre, right on the water. This is also where you’ll find Lisbon’s pink street, and the Time Out Market where cuisines from around the world come together in a single space.
Confraria has a few Japanese signature dishes, but the majority of the menu is sushi.
They do these fabulous colorful platters of all different kinds of fish. Usually they are served on giant bowls of ice, with the sashimi laying right there on the chips, and the rest of the pieces in individual ramekins.
Service and quality considered, these prices are incredibly reasonable.
Address: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 12am
ADDRESS: Portugal, R. do Alecrim 12A, 1200-161 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Cais do Sodre
Noori Sushi in Lisbon
It is my firm belief that whenever one travels, they should always know at least one spot in the destination city where sushi is affordable. The kind of sushi you grab-and-go; sushi to pick up and take right back to your Airbnb on your most hungover day in Lisbon.
Noori Sushi in Santa Cruz is that spot. It’s no frills, basic sushi at affordable prices and really good quality!
They do regular sushi and sushi bowls. These are close to poke bowls, but only made using sushi ingredients and none of the more western ingredients that we’ve become accustomed to adding to them.
If you’re stuck with with to order, I recommend a hand roll of your fish preference and then a sushi bowl to match. Don’t order a single bowl and expect to be full, they’re smaller than you think.
Address: Monday to Sunday — 10am to 10pm
ADDRESS: Av. Fontes Pereira de Melo 51, 1050-180 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Saldanha
Hikidashi in Lisbon
Hikidashi is in west Lisbon and was created to mimic a Japanese tavern. I can’t say whether they hit the nail on the head or not, as I’ve yet to visit a real Japanese tavern, but I can say that it was endlessly cool and very authentic feeling.
The food is mind blowing; a range of options from classic dishes to impressive sushi. I strongly advise forcing yourself out of your comfort zone while dining here and trying something you’d usually never order.
You’re sure to be pleasantly surprised. And there is much to be said about their desserts as well.
Pricy, but worth it.
Address: Tuesday to Sunday — 12:30pm to 3pm // 7:30pm to 11:30pm
ADDRESS: R. Coelho da Rocha 20A, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Rato
Go Juu in Lisbon
Those who dabble in Japanese cuisine often, in many parts of the world, all regard Go Juu as the most authentic Japanese food available in Lisbon.
They do dumplings, sushi, traditional cuisine and specialty bento boxes (which I recommend).
If you choose to go with sushi, it will be some of the best (probably) in Europe. It quite literally melts in your mouth, and the rumor is that Go Juu don’t source their fish from the same places every other restaurant in Lisbon do; that they have a secret supplier brining in unfathomable quality fish daily.
Whether this is true or not is irrelevant; all you need to know is that you’re sure to have a memorable meal here, and likely to forget that you’re actually in the heart of Portugal for a few hours.