A Lisbon rendez-vous in the centre of Paris. A warm and alluring space that recreates the atmosphere found in the cafes of Lisbon. An ideal place for enjoying the Portuguese delicacy, the pastel the nata. Daily at Comme a Lisbonne, tray after tray of these famous pastries are baked and served-up warm with passion and national pride. Consumed on-site, accompanied by an excellent portuguese coffee or available beautifully packaged for takeaway, these delightful pastries are the perfect gift – if you can part with them!
PASTÉIS DE NATA
The pastel de nata is to Lisbon what the macaron is to Paris – symbolic sweetness in a refined pastry. The people of Lisbon have apreciated this delicate, flaky pastry shell filled with an exquisite cream for centuries. They are served lightly powdered with cinnamon, according to taste.
For years, Portugal dominated the sugar trade. Departures on these long, dangerous voyages were blessed by the powerful catholic church. In return, the institution received precious commodities – one of which was sugar. Methodical tax collecting ensured church pantries were well stocked with flour and eggs.The whites were used for starching nun’s habits and priests’ robes and an excess of yolks were left over for the kitchens. This surplus inspired culinary creativity.
In the 17th century, word spread quickly around Portugal of a tartelette with a creamy centre being sold by the monks of the Hieronymite Monastery (Mosteiro dos Jerónimos) in the Belem district of Lisbon. Domingos Rafael Alves bought the precious recipe in 1837 and opened the famous bakery that has become a required stop on any visit to the world heritage site monastery. A legend was born! Click & Collect
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37 Rue du Roi de Sicile, 75004 Paris