There can’t be many more appealing sights than the counter at Lisboa Pâtisserie on Golborne Road, where, come the 4pm sugar-low, a glistening array of freshly baked, generously proportioned and suitably oozy goods ensure you’ll be well taken care of.
This Portugese pâtisserie may not be the most glamourous place – strip lighting, plain tiled walls and floors, no-nonsense chairs and little in the way of decoration doth not a cosy tea-room make – but the constant hub of Moroccan, Spanish and Portugese punters clustered round tables and an ever-present queue tells you all you need to know: this place rocks!
There are all manner of artery-clogging temptations here: soft, yielding muffins, iced buns, frosted donuts, biscuits dipped in chocolate, sugary palmiers, flaky croissants and a number of savoury options such as empanadas, croquettas and toasted sandwiches too. But it’s the custard tarts – with their burnished, sticky filo cases and wibbly-wobbly cold custard interiors – for which Pisoa is most famous.
Well, it’s my good friend, Dave Watts’ 30th birthday today and there seemed like no better way to wish him well on a cold, rainy afternoon than by treating him to one of these little custardy gems. We had one each with our coffees while Dave’s wife, Fran, had a chocolate-dipped biscuit and some mint tea. We all felt much cheered as we headed back to our desks.
57 Golborne Road
T: 020 8968 5242