Pant up the hill away from the beach and you find yourself in the back streets of Sesimbra, a loveable resort 40 minutes’ south of Lisbon.
O Herminio is a tiny tapas bar with a few tables outside with a view of the sea. A pleasant change from the serried ranks of fish restaurants by the promenade, serving a short menu of meaty, fishy and vegetable petiscos (Portuguese for tapas).
Petiscos pro povo is their slogan – petiscos for the people – and for less than 20 euros two of us enjoyed a filling selection with a couple of glasses of wine and coffee. Star of the show was alheiro sausage with turnip greens and cornbread crumbs – a soft, rich dish that went well with chickpeas and local black olives. Herminio was the grandfather of the two sisters who run the place, determined to carve out for themselves a viable future they couldn’t find in Lisbon.
corner Rua Professor Joaquim Marques Polvora and Rua Dom Dinis
Open every day for coffee, lunch and dinner.