When we first arrived in Portugal one of the first things we did was try one of the famous pastels de nada. Unfortunately we were in Coimbra and not Lisbon so we ordered the pastels there and wrote a taste test blog on our experience. You can read that blog here. After reading the blog please ignore it! You have not tasted the real pastel until you try the original at Pastéis de Belém in the Belém district of Lisbon.
In 1837 the restaurant began making the original Pastéis de Belém, following an ancient recipe from the Jerónimos Monastery. The same recipe is recreated every day, by hand, using only traditional methods.
These original tarts were unbelievable. The crust and the filling were exceptional, crunchy flaky crust filled with some of the best tasting sweet custard cream you will ever have. Alex and I both absolutely loved them in every way.
If you are in Portugal take the extra effort to sample these tarts here it is well worth the effort.