Where to Eat Noodles in Lisbon
If you’re a fan of noodle based dishes then I don’t have to tell you about all the ways in which some restaurants just get this cuisine completely wrong. It’s hard to imagine making a mess of such a simple concept, but you’d be surprised how many eateries in Lisbon struggle.
The noodle restaurants in Lisbon are, however, a welcome break to days upon days of Portuguese food. They bring oriental flair into the mix, and are also great spots to dine if you’re traveling with kids who aren’t quite on the bacalhau appreciation level yet.
Noodles in Lisbon… here we go.
Nood in Lisbon
Firstly, I love the quirkiness of the name of this restaurant in Lisbon’s nightlife hotspot, Bairro Alto .
Nood is just that, a quirky, laid back Asian restaurants with a knack for making delicious noodles. Their menu options are extensive, ranging from dry fried noodle dishes, to wet noodle and broth combos.
They also give you options of different noodles for different dishes. If you’re partial to rice noodles they’ll cater to you, if you prefer chunky, thick wheat noodles this is also an option. Personally I like their glass noodles and tend to get these regardless of what I order.
Nood is right in the thick of the Bairro Alto/Chiado chaos, and getting a table in the evenings can prove difficult. A reservation should be made if you’ll be dining as more than two people.
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. Trindade 14, 1200-468 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Baixa-Chiado
Bonsai in Lisbon
I initially came to Bonsai with a friend, with the intention of dining on their impressive and renowned sushi. I quickly changed my mind after the couple next to us were served their dark broth noodle dishes.
Bonsai’s noodle options are simple and fabulous. Like everything on the menu, their dishes take regular Asian cuisine and give them a creative flair or flavor twist. Their noodles are close to ramen, but you’ll enjoy strange culinary choices and unique flavors rather than just a bulk pot of broth from the back of the kitchen.
It is an expensive place to dine, especially for noodles, so consider this a Lisbon treat when you’re really up for the experience.
Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday – 7pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. da Rosa 244, 1200-348 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Rossio-Lisboa
Afuri Lx in Lisbon
Afuri Lx is in Chiado, and I had honestly never even noticed it was there until someone on a free guided walking tour pointed it out, exclaiming it was their favorite meal that they’d had in the city thus far.
Afuri specializes in Japanese noodle dishes, including ramen, somen and udon. I believe they also serve soba noodles upon request, which are usually gluten free provided no alternative wheats have been added — ask them to double check if this is for you.
I find it interesting that Japanese tourists in Lisbon choose to eat here; it is evident from the minute you sit down that this is about as close to Japan as one can get in Portugal.
Note that is restaurant is really not a great place to dine with children. The menu is largely complicated, as are the flavors. Most of the dishes are made with strong chili (request it to be left out if you’d prefer).
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday – 12pm to 12am
ADDRESS: R. Paiva de Andrada 7, 1200-310 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Baixa-Chiado
Pho Pu in Lisbon
If you’re yet to try Vietnamese noodles then perhaps while in Lisbon is the time!
Pho is a Vietnamese broth dish that involves veggies, noodles and your choice of meat or tofu. Unlike ramen, pho comes with a bundle of ingredients left out of the cooking process. These are served as sides and are added at leisure by the person eating.
Pho is a wonderful take on traditional Vietnamese noodle dining. In Vietnam, and other parts of Asia, it is considered a street food and can be eaten on the go. Since it’s your first time, you’ll dine in at Pho Pu in the tip top of the Alfama.
Expect huge portions at next to nothing prices. The last time I visited it was a mere €8 for the largest serving.
Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 11am to 4pm // 6pm to 11pm
ADDRESS: R. do Benformoso 76, 1100-394 Lisboa, Portugal
Metro STATION: Martim Moniz
All About Noodles in Lisbon
While in the Alfama north, you can stop by another great noodle restaurant that takes a Chinese approach to the cuisine.
The name really says it all: All About Noodles make a wide variety of wet and dry noodle dishes that are all best accompanied by their homemade dumplings.
Dumplings as a starter, noodles as a main; a happy customer indeed.
All About Noodles allow each customer to choose their own noodle thickness preference. If the server forgets to ask, be sure to let them know which one you’d like. They occasionally have gluten free noodles available, one can call in advance to confirm before arrival.
Two people dining here can easily enjoy dumpling staters, individual noodle mains and beverages for under €18 total.