On the day we arrived in Lisbon, we sought out Jncquoi, intrigued by the fact that it encompasses a restaurant, a bar with wine cellar, a gourmet deli, and a luxury men’s fashion store—all in one. Plus, it was just blocks from our hotel (see more on The One Palacio, a fantastic place to stay). ADD LINK

Jncquoi, which is pronounced as you might have guessed (je ne sais quoi), houses a full-size dinosaur skeleton at its center, and a sexy, upscale vibe with high ceilings and tables close together. If it wasn’t a Monday night, I’m sure the place would be gaga. The menu features traditional Portuguese dishes at both the high and low end of the spectrum. Service was excellent, and on the friendly side. After dinner we checked out the downstairs bar/wine cellar for a nightcap. See the space and the remarkable bathroom area. (ADD LINK) Here’s how our meal went:

hobnobmag Best Lisbon Dining Jncquoi

Touches of gold on the table added to the glitz. Right, the Grilled Vegetables with parmesan and pine nuts was a hearty, healthy way to start the meal.

hobnobmag Best Lisbon Dining Jncquoi

Gazpacho, our other appetizer. Unfortunately, the lighting above the table was screwing with my camera, so I apologize for the blurry and uneven effect! Right, our first bottle of Portuguese wine. Anselmo Mendes Winemaker, known for his wines in the Vinho Verde area.

hobnobmag Best Lisbon Dining Jncquoi

Stated as a Lobster “Hot Dog” on the menu, I was curious. What actually arrived: a very delicious Lobster Roll with extra blobs of mayo to indulge in. Right, view of the room.

hobnobmag Best Lisbon Dining Jncquoi

In front, you can see our side order of Truffled Potato Purée which was presented in a little copper pot. Bob ordered the Sea Bass Fillet. Right, a view from the entry shows the dinosaur skeleton in its full regalia.

JNcQUOI, Avenida da Liberdade, 182-184, 1250-146 Lisbon, open Monday – Sunday 12:00 – 24:00

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