The Best Vietnamese Restaurants in Lisbon

The cuisine of Southeast Asia is popular across Europe. Pan Asian restaurants are particularly popular in Lisbon; you won’t struggle to find these foods at all.

Vietnamese food is something I began getting into very recently. I’ve always been more partial to Thai and Japanese cuisine, but Vietnamese is slowly creeping its way into the top spot.

I’m becoming a regular at all of the following spots in Lisbon. Join me!

Cochinchina in Lisbon

You’re going to have to be patient with Cochinchina. They are still very much ironing out the cracks in their operation; figuring out exactly how to run an efficient and successful restaurant.

Of course, they can only do that with our continued support. And the food makes this well worth the endeavor. Waiting time between ordering and eating is their biggest issue, I think. Though this does fluctuate depending on how busy the restaurant is.

Cochinchina in Lisbon – by Cochinchina – Sourced from their Facebook

The food is authentic and traditional, as though you were dining on a street in Hanoi.

They don’t have vegetarian options visible on the menu, but any of the dishes can be done in a tofu rendition upon request. Most items are automatically vegan if you make this change.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 12pm to 3pm // 7:30pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. da Escola Politécnica 257, 1250-096 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Marquês de Pombal

Pho Pu in Lisbon

If you’re already accustomed with Vietnamese food then you’re likely in search of good pho in Lisbon.

Pho is a traditional Vietnamese noodle dish made up of broth, veggies, protein and various fresh toppings. Essentially, it is the ramen of Vietnam.

Pho – by Lightscape – Unsplash

Pho is great because it can be enjoyed by just about every dietary requirement out there. Meat eaters, vegetarians, vegans, lactose free and gluten free individuals should always be able to find a version that is suitable. Gluten free eaters are encouraged to always check twice with the server that the noodles being used are rice based, and not wheat based.

Pho Pu is north of the Alfama and is an affordable, low key spot in which to eat great pho. They also import most of their ingredients and beers directly from Vietnam, so you’re supporting the culture by eating here.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 11am to 4pm // 6pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. do Benformoso 76, 1100-394 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Martim Moniz

Phô Finho in Lisbon

Speaking of pho, Phô Finho remains the best pho in town in my opinion.

I’ve only eaten here once, but I’ve been meaning to make the journey up north to experience it again.

It’s a tiny hole in the wall on a side street in the northern suburbs above Bairro Alto. There are a few seats inside, and a lot of seats out on the street.

Phô Finho in Lisbon – by Phô Finho – Uploaded by them

The cuisine is strictly pho, with various protein options for you to choose from. You’ll receive a side plate with all kinds of sprouts, crushed herbs, lime wedges and sauces to add to your piping hot mix.

Not the place for a romantic date on the town, but great for some quality Vietnamese food when the craving strikes!

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 6pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. Marcos Portugal 13, 1200-256 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Avenida

Nhà hàng Tre Vietnam in Lisbon

Moving away from pho, let’s look at where you can enjoy the entire Vietnamese cuisine authentically in Lisbon.

Nhà hàng Tre Vietnam is also in the city north, and is an all encompassing Vietnamese dining experience. They have just about every traditional dish on their menu, prepared and served exactly as they would be were you in the homeland itself.

by Yuriy kosygin – Wikimedia Commons

They do offer pho, but if you’ve made the effort to dine here you might as well try some of the country’s classics while you have the chance. I highly recommend the ch giò for starters, bún Bò Huế and bún ch grilled pork for mains!

This restaurant is owned and run by a Vietnamese family who immigrated to Lisbon not long ago.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday — 12pm to 3pm // 7pm to 10pm
ADDRESS: R. do Salitre 38, 1250-144 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Avenida

BOA-BAO in Lisbon

BAO-BAO is another spot I will go to any time, any day.

This isn’t fully Vietnamese. It’s a Pan Asian restaurant that has taken the very best dishes from different parts of the continent and brought them to Lisbon.

For the most part, the dishes featured come from the lands of China, Japan, Thai and Vietnam.

You’re going to want to taste a few different dishes at BAO-BAO. For one, the bao are not to be missed — it’s in the name.

Bao-Bao – by Bao-Bao – Uploaded by them

Then there’s the Pad Thai noodles, the Malaysian seafood noodles, the Indonesian curry and the pork buns. I won’t backseat drive on the desserts; you have free rein with those.

I highly recommend making a reservation for your dinner here. The wait can add up to about an hour and a half most evenings. While you wait, they have an interesting ticketing system through which you can order drinks and finger foods before you get to a table.

PRACTICAL INFORMATION
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday — 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: Largo Rafael Bordalo Pinheiro 30, 1200-369 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Baixa-Chiado

BAO-BAO is in Chiado, the city center of Lisbon. In addition to eating authentic Vietnamese food you’ll also be able to take free guided walking tours through the neighborhood and connect to the street-level history that this city holds.

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