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Close to Praça da Alegria and just a hop away from Bairro Alto, Jardim dos Sentidos offers vegetarian cuisine in an elegant but relaxed atmosphere. They have a beautiful terraced patio in the back with careful placed lighting and a variety of plants. There’s a tent-like structure which resembles a Mongolian ger at the far end of the garden for private dining and massages. It feels like a haven right in the heart of Lisbon and the only thing missing is the sound of rushing water. The tables on the outdoor terrace are laid out beneath a canopy tent with a trippy ceiling decoration structure with arms of draped fabric in shades of pink and purple. It was too hot to eat inside when we were there. They let us sit on a table in the garden while we waited for a table to be free, which happened very quickly. We ordered a red wine sangria while we waited. I was disappointed that the sparkling wine sangria was made with citrus fruits instead of red berries. Nat had the moroccan cuscus and I had the tofu and seitan stroganoff. Both dishes looked beautiful. Mine had rich spiced flavours and textures and was served with Indian rice which, when mixed with the dry fruits of the stroganoff, gave it an exotic flavour. Jardim dos Sentidos is a great place for a more intimate dinner.
I could tell immediately that the Chef Sadusheva is not only passionate for cooking, but also for delivering a wholesome experience. Through the choice of fresh healthy ingredients, in the composition and presentation at the table, Sadusheva and the rest of the staff offered us a warm welcome, excellent service and friendly interactions. The rustic and zen like environment is beautifully kept and the back garden has an esplanada in pebbles recreating space for flowerbeds and climbing plants. Rui and I followed the path that led us to a Mongolian Yurt, a Ger. It looks so intimate, a candle lit the private and cozy space, with wooden interior arranged to host guests for a Jantar Zen (Dinner Zen). The price includes a massage of choice: Shiatsu, TuiNa, Ayurvédica or Relax, with dinner inclusive of a drink per person, orange juice, sangria, soft drink, tea, a starter, a main dish, desert and coffee. We didn’t go for that package but thought it’d be a great place for a private venue, such as a birthday for a small party of 6 people.
We had our Sangria in the garden while waiting to be seated (only 10 minutes later we were seated and served our meal after further 10 miutes – impresssive!). The temperature was mild outside and the dimly lit noise-proofed garden was just perfect. On the ceiling there’s a Tunisian style decor and all around us climbing trees and plants. I ordered Cuscuz Marroquino (vegan) with vegetables and almonds, whereas Rui had the Strogonoff with seitan, courgettes, mushrooms, dried fruit and coconut milk, with rice and salad on the side. The food was healthily delicious, but we had to quickly finish it off because of the gig which was going to start at 10:30pm. We asked for the bill which was also surprisingly cheap. We paid €29,70 inclusive of Sangria and water. We were feeling very relaxed and pleased with the positive experience. We stepped out of the “Jardim” to step into the “Hot Clube”, literally on the other side of the lane. A pleasant evening!
Address: Rua da Mãe de Água, 3, 1250-154 Lisboa
Contact: +351 914 944 700