When we started up in Kathmandu we opened the hotel and the restaurant at the same time. We tried to do the same here in Lisbon without any luck.
Now the hotel is up and running – so our plan is to start up the restaurant in 2021 with a menu based on the same principles as in Kathmandu where we’re still among the best international restaurants: Healthy and affordable non-local dishes based on local ingredients… the ideas behind this based on our more than 25 years of travelling together all over the world.
Eating locally is part of the travel – but at one point you have tried enough to get an idea behind the local cuisine and need variation. After a trek in Nepal people are desperate. The crave fresh salad with the food, pasta al dente, filling salads made from beetroots, carrots, classic juicy burger with Heinz and homemade mayo with the fries (cook 3 times) and healthy food in general.
This is one of the reasons why our Gazpacho has been one of our most popular dishes since we opened.
In Portugal the season starts around mid July and ends in September. The rest of the year we get them from Spain where they grow all year around which means that we have sweet and Sunny tomatos almost all year. So I make around 3 liter gazpacho every week – for our daily lunch, as starters for spontaneous dinners, to ‘pimp up’ tomato sauce, pasta bolognese or a couscous salad (instead of using water for the couscous we use gazpacho) and as a Bloody Mary with vodka and our Salted Lemons.
The Gazpacho never gets better than the quality of the ingredients – and since the main ingredient is Tomato you will never make a gazpacho in April that beats the one you make from mid July till mid September. So with only 3 months to the harvest I am never satisfied with the one I make – but I am also very impatient.
There are many ways to prepare the soup. But I guess that all agree on the ingredients mentioned in Encyclopædia Britannica. Except for the green pepper (I use red) those are the ones I use – see how in the following recipe.
When you have fun while cooking – the food tastes better.
So while chopped eggs and/or chopped vegetables are optional Croutons are a must.
The Portuguese bread is very bad and useless for croutons. So we use our own home baked bread – at least 2 days old.
And we always make plenty of croutons!
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