Portugal is world renowned for its azulejo (beautiful ceramic tiles), trolley cars and of course its beaches. It’s also the perfect foodie country. One day you could be eating ice cream in a bowl full of Froot Loops at Pop Cereal Café in Porto and the next day you might be dining on duck croquettes at Pharmacia in Lisbon. After a long hot day patrolling the waterfront in Cascais, it’s tough to beat the omakase at Confraria in Cascais, Portugal if you’re looking for a light dinner.
We came across Confraria after we struck up a conversation with the lovely manager of trendy White & Voodoo boutique. She told us Confraria is her favorite dinner spot in Cascais, so we decided to test it out.
Rather than being a traditional bare bones sushi joint, Confraria oozes trendiness.
From the colorful logo and pops of color around the room to its eclectic menu, Confraria is anything, but boring. One example on the punchy menu is the shake cheese hot roll. It’s deep fried and stuffed (frito recheado) with salmon (salmão), mozzarella, tabasco and topped with chives (cebolinho).
The menu covers a wide range of dishes from carpaccio and gyoza for starters to tapas like blue cheese with pear and then, of course, there’s the sushi.
Confraria also has a number of salads and quiches on its menu as well. Our favorite dish of the evening was the chef’s omakase, but we also enjoyed some of the quirkier rolls on the menu especially the caprese and the camembert rolls.
The delicious caprese roll at Confraria is made with dried tomato (tomate seco), basil (rucula) and mozzarella.
In addition to Confrari, here’s a list of other neat little local spots we love across Portugal.
The camembert roll is a creative gooey combo of smoked salmon (salmão fumado) and Camembert cheese (queijo).
Confraria even takes “classics” like the California roll and spins them on their heads.
Normally a California roll consists of cucumber, crab and avocado, but the refreshing version at Confraria is made with cucumber (pepino), mango (manga) and salmon (salmão).
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As with all sushi restaurants, make sure you pay attention to which kinds of rolls and how many pieces of sushi you’re ordering, so you properly fill your belly. At Confraria, rolls come in as few as two and as many as eight pieces.
Lounging on Portugal’s picturesque beaches is tough work. If you’ve suffered through a day of salt air and sand, Confraria is the perfect way for any weary adventurer to refill their tank.
Address: 14 Rua Luis Xavier Palmeirim
Hours: Sunday Through Thursday Noon to Midnight, Friday and Saturday Noon to 2:00am
Phone: +351 21 483 4614
Pricing (All in Euros): Starters €1.80 to €12.00, Tapas €7.60, Salads €9.20 to €14.90, Quiches €14.20, Original Rolls €8.70 to €13.20, Temaki (Hand Rolls Served in Cones of Nori or Seaweed Paper) €5.40 to €10.80, Sashimi (Thinly Sliced Raw Fish) €9.00 to €28.90, Sushi Combination Plates €13.10 to €21.70, Sushi and Sashimi Combos €13.40 to €48.30, Nigiri (Thinly Sliced Raw Fish Served Over Rice) €2.00 to €4.30, Hossomaki (Rolled With Seaweed on the Outside) €2.50 to €7.20, Uramaki (Rolled With Rice on the Outside) €3.80 to €15.80, Gunkan (Sushi Wrapped in Fish) €4.30 to €7.50, Dessert €4.50 to €5.50, Drinks €2.50 to €21.90