We visited the bakery for brunch on Sunday and were amazed at how big the place is with four rooms that can seat a few hundred people. Based on the number of tarts produced onsite that could see through the viewing room into the kitchen, it's not surprising that the place can be packed out including a constant queue at the shop counter in the front.
Given how famous these tarts are, and the fact that we were hungry, we ordered a dozen tarts between the four of us with coffees. Our waitress asked us asked how many we were going to eat and how many should be packed to take away - much to her surprise we said we were going to eat all of them.
|Pastéis de Belém - so good over 10,000 are sold every day!|
A dozen tarts didn't seem a challenge at first when they arrived looking and tasting so scrumptious with their fresh, flaky pastry and the sweet but not too heavy custard filling. It didn't take long to wolf down the first tart and follow up with a second tart, this time with a sprinkling of cinnamon and sugar. However, whilst the tarts are simple and tasty, they are rather heavy (especially due to the oil/butter in the pastry) and we found ourselves very full after our third tart. At this point we understood why our waitress did not expect us to eat all the tarts in one sitting!
Having said that, it was a great experience and no visit to Lisbon or Belém is complete without trying these legendary tarts. Belém is also a lovely place to check out with plenty of walks and sights around which is just as well so you can work off any tart greed!
What: Pastéis de Belém
Where: Rua de Belém 84, 1300 Lisboa, Portugal
How much: only €0.90 per tart