While classics like bacalhau (salted cod) and pastéis de nata (custard tarts) never go out of fashion, the Portuguese capital has raised the culinary bar recently, with creative, open-minded chefs looking towards Brazil, France, India and the Mediterranean for inspiration. Individualism trumps conformity and restaurants are popping up in the most unlikely places, from convents to pharmaceutical museums and former fish-tackle stores. Gourmet trailblazers such as José Avillez, Vitor Sobral, and Henrique Sá Pessoa have put the Portuguese capital back on the gastro map with boldly creative, seasonally inspired cuisine. With the Atlantic on the doorstep, fish is big on most menus and tastes terrific served with a glass of Alentejo white on the cobblestones. Even vegetarians find more to like about Lisbon nowadays. Euro-economisers should check out daily specials costing as little as €6.