Sofia N.

The sea is one of my passions and I try to replicate it on my meals

This is my history,

I was born, married and currently live in the central area of Lisbon.

It’s a traditional neighbourhood, where we can still have contact with the few resistant traditional shops and people. It used to be an important local trade part of the city.

I have many hobbies that I put into practice, among them, the taste for the sea and the love for fishing.

I joined this platform because of the pleasure I have in bringing genuine ingredients to the table of incomparable quality.
An example of this is the main courses of my Menu.
Important dishes of the traditional Portuguese cuisine where the main players like the squid and octopus are either caught by me or someone I know.

“We are fortunate to be a country surrounded by the sea with magnificent rivers ”

I have other hobbies like hosting and cooking, both passed to me by my parents. They both cook and host very well.
Portugal has two well-known characteristics, it’s gastronomy and hospitality.
As both are part of me, I decided to welcome those who visit us by opening the doors of my house, providing a fun conversation around the table immersed in local culture.


22 reviews

  1. Lunch meeting

    Tivemos um almoço de trabalho muito bom!
    A Sofia foi uma anfitriã excelente, muito atenciosa e atenta e totalmente discreta, criando as condições necessárias para a reunião de trabalho que queríamos ter.
    A comida estava deliciosa, tanto a cavala, como o polvo, como a compota de abóbora, feita pela própria, e servida com um delicioso requeijão de Seia.
    Ainda tivemos um miminho com a oferta de um boião de compota, para ativar a memória gustativa aqui a alguns dias.
    Apesar de me parecer, à partida, que a experiência não seria adequada para uma reunião de trabalho, a verdade é que funcionou muito bem e todos adoraram!

  2. Anna‘s & Hanna‘s Dinner with Sofia and her family

    During our Portugal trip we wanted to enjoy a Portuguese dinner with locals to discover their food and their culture. Therefore we tried Portuguese Table.
    We couldn‘t imagine a better host than Sofia. From the beginning on we felt like being at home. It was a cosy and warm atmosphere and we really enjoyed the delicious food Sofia cooked for us as well as the great Portuguese wines. It really felt like knowing each other already for a long time and being part of her family. We had a lot of fun together and enjoyed our conversation with Sofia, Carlos and Miguel very much. We all agreed that we have to return to Portugal and of course we are already now looking forward to seeing them again. Muito obrigado for this amazing evening!!!

  3. An evening with friends

    After watching German television on a program about “Portugese Table”, I realized very quickly: I want to book that as well.
    That was really the best decision to get to know the country and its people.
    With Sofia I had a perfect, super nice hostess. Together with her husband and son, she has served a perfect menu in a wonderful and family atmosphere and served delicious wines. We had a wonderful mood and laughed a lot. That was my most beautiful and impressive experience in Lisbon. Thank you Sofia! I will come back!
    * Sorry, if my bad English can not give my impression enough.
    Karin 😘

  4. Maravillosa experiencia

    Estuve cenando con Sofia y Carlos y mi experiencia fue realmente inolvidable. No solo la comida es deliciosa si no que la compañia y la conversacion fue excepcional. Ahora mismo es uno de los recuerdo mas gratos que guardo de mi estancia en Lisboa.
    En todo momento me sentí como en mi casa. Sin lugar a dudas recomiendo esta experiencia.

  5. Amazing duck rice dinner with great company

    Sofia and Carlos are very nice, welcoming people. It was a real pleasure to meet them. Sofia is a great cook and the duck rice (recipe of her grandmother) was very delicious, as were the other specialties and the wines. We had great conversations, had some insights into the life in Lisbon and Portugal as well as great tips for your further journey. We really enjoyed the evening, the food and the company! Thank you!

  6. Portuguese Table dinner on our honeymoon

    On our honeymoon in Spain and Portugal, me and my husband booked a dinner via Portuguese Table because we are very eager to get to know as much culture by face-to-face communication as possible. We both enjoyed the evening at Sofia and Carlos’s home a lot. It was a wonderful experience that deserves a special store of memories within our honeymoon. We learned a lot about Portuguese culture and people by eating and having an excellent conversation with Sofia and her husband. From the very first minute, we felt at home and we didn’t really want to leave that cosy and lovely place. We neither regret having booked a dinner via Portuguese Table nor having chosen this special hostess, Sofia.
    Muitos obrigados!

  7. Genuine and magnificent meal and wine with Sofia

    What an experience! To be welcome to the home of a very nice, kind and exciting host like Sofia was truly special.
    Not only was the meal and wine magnificent, the company was truly special. She has a beautiful house and the entire experience as a whole was memorable.
    Sofia is a wonderful cook and you notice her passion for seafood directly reflected on the table.
    I work for a travel agency and have travelled many places across the globe and I can assure you: this is one of the best ways to experience an authentic meal and meet locals. Highly recommend to everyone!

  8. We made friends

    Thank you so much Sofia and Carlos for an unforgettable evening!

    We were four German girls who booked the Portugese Table after one of us has seen a documentary about it on german television. And we didn’t regret the booking at all!
    Sofia and her husband Carlos were the most welcoming hosts one could imagine. The evening was filled with delicious food, great wine, interesting chats about the Portugese tradition and culture and a lot of laughter. It felt as if we had known each other for more than just a few hours.
    We even met the day after the “official dinner” and Sofia and Carlos took us to Sintra with their car and showed us the countryside. That day ended with a nice dinner in a restaurant. Thanks again, Sofia and Carlos, for a great time in a familiar atmosphere.
    We highly recommend the Portugese Table and especially these lovely hosts!
    Cheers :-*
    Caro, Yvonne, Natalie, Eva

  9. This was the best decision we had in Lisboa. A supper with Sofia and her family with a great meal, good wine. We felt like at home from the first minute, welcoming in their warm atmosphere. Multo obrigada! Rita

  10. We are 8 Girls to make this experience. It was the best decision! We met Great people, we had a very tasteful Dinner and wonderful wine. We felt like friends from the first minute. Thank you Sofia, Carlos and Miguel! We had a Great time!

  11. Unforgettable experience

    Dinner with Sophia and her husband Carlos was the highlight of our short stay in Lisbon. Sophia and Carlos made us feel very welcome. The dinner was delicious. Loved the octopus. Fantastic wines, our favourite. Great conversation.
    What a great concept! Highly recommendable.
    Thanks for the unforgettable experience.

  12. Portuguese food as its best

    A highlight of our Lisssbon journey. Sofia and her husband made us an unforgettable dinner with great conversations. The food and the wine was amazing, specially the self caught octopus was the best one I ever had. A super time! Thanks Sofia and Carlos!!!

  13. A wonderful evening in Lisbon

    It was plain coincidence that we stumbled over the Portuguese table. However, it was one of the best evenings we had while staying in Lisbon.
    We had a great evening with Sofia and Carlos. They are lovely and welcoming hosts that make you feel at home right away. The food was delicious since Sofia is a great cook and we had great conversations learning and laughing a lot. Thanks a lot!
    We’ll definitely do it again the next time.

    Marlen & Yvonne

  14. Dear Sofia
    Thank you very much for being such a great host and the very delicious octopus dinner. It was an amazing experience for me as a chef being a guest in your kitchen. I will highly recommend your cooking skills and your hospitality. Best wishes from Switzerland Steven

  15. Delicious Octopus Dinner & warm and friendly atmosphere

    Dear Sofia,
    thanks for the great evening with you, your husband Carlos and Steven from Switzerland. The octopus-dinner was delicious and we enjoid the warm and friendly atomsphere.
    Greetings from Germany
    Anja & Dirk

  16. exceptional night out

    We had a wonderful night with Sofia and her husband.
    The food was delicious and the company incredible.
    What a wonderful portuguese experience.

  17. Eine einmaliges authentisches Event bei perfekten Gastgebern in tollem Ambiente

    Zufällig bekam ich mit, dass meine Kollegin kurz vor meinem Aufenthalt auch nach Lissabon fährt. Natürlich bat ich sie um Tips. Sie erzählte mir begeistert von Portuguese Table. Die Idee fand ich phantastisch, dass Einheimische für Reisende die Türen öffnen und landestypisch kochen. Man lernt neue Leute kennen und erhält Einblicke in das Leben. Es waren tolle Begegnungen und Gespräche in stilvollem Ambiente. Es war mein erster Oktopus und alles schmeckte ganz wunderbar – von der Vorspeise bis zum Nachtisch und den hervorragenden Weinen. Nochmals muito obrigdo für alles!

    Ich kann dieses Event und diese herzlichen Gastgeber nur empfehlen!

  18. One of our best experiences in Lisboa!! It was a wonderful, warm hearted evening with delicious portuguese food and a lot of fun!
    🐙🐟🥂- thank you again, Sofia & Carlos😃
    Petra & Christian from Austria

  19. Abendessen

    Uli und Raphaela :Wir hatten einen wunderschönen gemütlichen Abend mit Sofia und Carlo. Das Essen war “the best ever” und auch die Getränkebegleitung war hervorragend. Wir können einen Abend bei Sofia und Carlo nur weiterempfehlen -ein absolutes Highlight unseres Lissabonaufenthaltes. Danke Uli und Raphaela.

  20. A wonderful experience

    Sofia and Carlos, thank you so much for being so nice, welcoming and so good hosts. Our group had a wonderful time at your home with extremely delicious food, good talks and a friendly atmosphere. This was the best decision for our trip to Lisboa. We can really recommend this experience.

  21. It was an great event for us. Good wine, good food, good location. Thanks for all.

  22. What a great evening

    We were allowed to spend a wonderful evening with Sofia and Carlos. Instead of Octopus Sofia prepared cuttlefish which was very tasty. Also the starters and the desserts were a dream. Already after the welcoming we felt at home as if we had known Sofia and Carlos for years.

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