For dessert, the owner serves fresh figs from the garden
José makes phone calls while simultaneously taking notes, takes orders and checks availabilities while walking resolutely across the cobblestones of Bairro Alto. ‘Today is a very good day,’ he says. There is a sparkle in his eyes – even though no longer self-employed, he is still a businessman through and through, shaking hands non-stop. It is hot, but there is a pleasant breeze from the sea. For his lunch break José leaves the busy streets and goes to a long-standing customer’s restaurant which tourists would call an ‘insider’s tip’. The locals eat here. For dessert, the owner serves José fresh figs from his sister’s garden.