This small-group Lisbon boat tour adventure is all about sailing, relaxing, eating and drinking. Discover the city from the water while connecting with amazing locals through delicious food.
UMAMI & GARUM LISBON FOOD TOUR
WHEN A CHEF AND A SCIENTIST COME TOGETHER
- 14 tastings Food & 2 Drinks
- 5-course Menu
- Alfama & Baixa districts
- Local Guide/Host
- Adults Ages 13+
- Baby 0-2 years old
There are three places in the world where these products are created with similar quality and umami taste. One of them is Lisbon. Do not miss this opportunity!
This Lisbon Food Tour will guide you through the world of umami taste (savory deliciousness) & techniques of fish conservation used by the Phoenicians in Lisbon, developed in Portuguese food traditions & perfected by a Portuguese Chef.
Based on unprecedented Portuguese research, we are now able to taste these artisanal products in balanced and local fish Portuguese dishes and Portuguese cuisine.
Get ready to discover & taste muxama, garum, tuna pastrami, Atlantic wreckfish bottarga, tuna chorizo (analogous to blood pork sausage), swordfish belly bacon, smoked octopus, cuttlefish roe, and others. All from sustainable fishing on the Portuguese coastline and Portuguese Islands. All examples of umami foods, which basically will bring you the essence of deliciousness to your palate.
Through a combination of 14 different delicious tastings, a 5-course menu & a slow food experience, we travel centuries & cultures, learning about preserving techniques, immersed in stories about people, salt, sun, & sea, while being amazed by the fifth taste of umami, present in these unique & exclusive sea flavors!
For this walking food tour in Lisbon, after we meet in Alfama district, closer to the river, we visit one of the oldest stores where Romans produced Garum – a roman fish sauce with a unique flavor, equated to a golden essence. A perfect introduction to what follows.
Just a few minutes away, after crossing the old city wall, we will find our gastronomic stop where a unique & exclusive tasting itinerary starts. Food and culture, past and present became intertwined.
This gastronomic stop combines a restaurant, a shop (garum fish sauce is for sale here!), but also a sort of laboratory where food preserving methods are explored, like nowhere else in Portugal.
We will take you on a fish (r)evolution journey!
- Explore Lisbon on an intimate and safe small-group tour (max. 10 pax).
- All our food tours have been granted the Clean & Safe certification. This label declares that we abide by all the requirements defined by our national tourism board, following the guidelines of the World Health Organization regarding prevention and control related to COVID-19.
- This experience is ideal for special occasions like anniversaries and birthdays as well as for team-building events at work. If you’d like to book a private tour, feel free to write to us!
- Up to 14 food tastings (Azorean butter with bottarga, muxama, swordfish belly, garum, tuna chorizo, pastrami from different cures, several types of seaweeds, dessert, and many more).
- Up to 2 drink tastings (Portuguese wines) and coffee
- This experience can be 100% suitable for gluten-free foodies, pescatarians, lactose intolerant, halal foodies, and keto diet travelers. Private food tour not required.
- This experience is unfortunately not suitable for vegetarians Please join our Lisbon Food & Wine Walking Tour instead! You will love it!
- If you’re a group of vegans, please contact us for a private tour as we have an itinerary tailored just for you!
- Comfortable clothes and shoes
- Bottle of water
- Mildly hungry stomach
- Lots of curiosity
We will meet in a square, named Largo do Chafariz de Dentro, right in front of Museu do Fado, in Alfama.
If you are arriving by public transport, take the METRO to Santa Apolónia station and then walk for approximately 5-7 minutes.
If you wish to explore the area of Alfama before it’s a good plan. You will be close to the Pantheon Church and to one of the most emblematic sightseeings in Lisbon: Miradouro de Santa Luzia on top of Alfama hill.
My advice is to start from the top hill and then, gently came down, through the narrow and labyrinthic streets of Alfama to finally meet us at the level of the river, in front Museu do Fado.
Umami is one of the core fifth tastes including sweet, sour, bitter, and salty.
Umami, which is also known as monosodium glutamate, is a broad term for the pleasant savory taste. In Japanese, this fifth taste, can be translated to “essence of deliciousness”.
You experience umami flavor when you eat or drink food containing glutamate amino acid, and ribonucleotide present in certain delicious foods we eat every day, including, but certainly not limited to, aged cheeses, cured meats, tomatoes, mushrooms, fish sauces and cured and processed fishes like the ones in this gastronomic experience.
Scientists identified umami taste receptors on the human tongue in 2002 (alongside the sweet, sour, bitter, and salty taste buds). Meaning that umami is an inherent taste universally enjoyed!
No. But I understand your point! You hear ‘salty fish’, ‘preserved fish’ and you may recall those memories of salted codfish or the Asian fish we find in the markets. Well, those have nothing to do with the taste and the experience you will provide to your taste buds during this food experience.
These products were perfected to archive a full level of umami and deliciousness. You will find a perfect balance between the saltiness, the taste, the texture, and the fish freshness, which is unique in this type of method developed by our Chef. Believe me, you must try this! You will be amazed.
Of course, we will! At all our Lisbon food tours, you’ll have different types of non-alcoholic drinks to choose.
Sure! This is a food tour with only two stops and a short distance in between them (approx. 500 meters). We never go uphill. It’s also suitable for wheelchairs.
Sure! Why not join our virtual online experience before you come to Lisbon. We’ll save you time in planning for your trip and answer your questions and offer suggestions. Plus, if you do join you’ll automatically get a code offering you 10% OFF any of our in person food experiences (Lisbon Sailing Tours and Walking Tours.) And if that wasn’t enough, you’ll also receive a free Ebook Guide of Alfama, with several restaurant addresses and hidden gems to discover on your own.
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