The Portuguese custard tart- Pastel de Nata - is the most iconic pastry in Portugal and one of the most delicious gifts that Portugal ever gave to the world. In 2009, The Guardian considered Pasteis de Belém “one of the best foods in the world”. In 2011, they were the only pastry to be among the 7 Gastronomic Wonders of Portugal. Alain Ducasse, one of the most influential chefs in the world, dubbed it as “celestial”. Its fame knows no borders and nowadays you can taste pastel de nata all over the world. From Rio de Janeiro to Macau, from London to Cape Town, from LA to Tokyo, you wil be able to find these precious sweets, sprinkled with some cinnamon powder and icing sugar.
What makes pastel de nata the most beautiful custard in the world?
Pastel de nata is the perfect combination of crusty flaky puff pastry and creamy luscious custard filling infused with lemon, cinnamon and vanilla.
Fact #1: All pastéis de nata are to die for.
Fact #2: Some of them are trully a piece of art.
There are four steps to follow in order to evaluate how perfect a custard tart is:
First, the color of the top. It should be nicely browned but not burned.
Second, the texture of the crust. It should be light, flaky, and its layers should be well defined (you can see that by looking at the spiral on the bottom of the pastry).
Third, the consistency of the filling. It should be nicely set but slightly runny.
Last, but not least- the overall flavor of the pastry. The ultimate challenge. There should be a balance between sweetness, cinnamon, lemon and vanilla. Together, these four elements deliver an unforgetable gastronomic experience.
Everyday, the hosts of Taste of Lisboa are happily passing that experience to those who join us in our Downtown-Mouraria Food & Cultural Walk. It thrill us so much to witness that sparkle in their eye, the smile on their face and the delights of their tastebuds, that are the inevitable amazement and sudden pleasure one feels when tasting a top-notch pastel de nata for the first time. Doudt it? Book your ticket and come to check it by your self!
Where to taste top-notch custard tarts?
Antiga Confeitaria de Belém - Rua de Belém 84-92, Lisboa
Confeitaria Nacional - Praça da Figueira 18B, Lisboa
Manteigaria - Rua do Loreto 2, Lisboa / Time Out Market
Pastelaria Aloma - R. Francisco Metrass 67, Lisboa / Time Out Market
O Pãozinho das Marias - Rua Florêncio Granate, 10, Ericeira