Lana Lusa Dubai: A Portuguese gem inspired by the restaurants of the Bairro Alto

Join The Huntr as we present an exclusive tour inside Lana Lusa Dubai – a Portuguese gem inspired by the restaurants of the Bairro Alto…

Named after the owner Jessica Viveiro’s daughter (‘Lana’) and the word light (‘Lusa’), Lana Lusa is located in the homegrown-gem-filled Wasl 51 complex in Jumeirah 1 and will transport you straight to Portugal.

The inspiration for this beautiful restaurant started with authentic recipes taken from Jessica’s grandmother’s journals and the family photos have even been used to decorate the walls here. London-based studio Pirajean Lees and branding agency A.M. Studioworks have curated the design and everything has been lovingly made by Portuguese artisans. The cork-fashioned menus have been flown in from Porto, whilst the burnished copper light fixtures were created by skilled potters in Bercelos. The Huntr loved the warm red colour scheme and relaxing Portuguese playlist – we hear that in the evenings there’s a talented live musician and Lana Lusa is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, daily from 8 am until 11 pm.

There are ample seating options for small and large groups including outside seating for when the weather permits.

The Huntr visited for a weekday lunch. The menu is rich with gluten-free options, Portuguese meat and fish favourites, and a few vegetarian dishes. And there are healthy dishes alongside more gluttonous affairs.

We started our experience with complimentary bread, butter, and olives to whet the appetite. We then ordered a variety of dishes to share for the table. The Salada de Polvo (62AED) is featured tender charred octopus with parsley, pepper, red onion, and a sweet and savoury dressing. The Gambascom Alho (72AED) is the simple, classic, and flavourful pan-seared prawns with garlic dish (tip: mop up the sauce with the bread). The Bacalhau com Natas (82AED) is a cosy comforting mix of gratinated codfish, potatoes, and parsley and the Bife a Portuguesa (132AED) features tender and juicy pan-fried picanha, veal bacon, a fried egg, and chips.

Dessert-wise, Lana Lusa has its own pastry counter filled with tempting treats (which will be presented to you on a show board if you wish). We tried the famous Natas (divine) and the Bolo de Bolacha – a no-bake cake prepared with Maria biscuits, sugar and espresso.

Drinks-wise, Lana Lusa is alcohol-free and has a variety of mocktails, special drinks, Portuguese coffee, and organic teas. We loved the Lana Spritz – a refreshing mix of cucumber water, rose water, and non-alcoholic champagne, and the Pera Rocha – pear, egg white foam, and ginger ale.

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