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“Fun Fusion”
Review of Mensa

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Ranked #6 of 153 Restaurants in Oeiras
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: Reservations
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Reviewed 1 August 2017

We chose Mensa to try something new, and to celebrate my birthday, and we were extremely happy with the entire experience. I sought an interesting meal, featuring fresh fish and presented with unique flavors, and I found Mensa's approach, fusing tastes of Japanese and Korean cuisine with those of Portugal to be savory and spot on. The dining room is complemented with outdoor seating; we sat inside and found it quite comfortable. We started with a couvert of bread and compound butters, and then shared a "travessa" of tuna in a teriyaki sauce and coated with natural and black sesame seeds. Sides of rice with dried fruits and nuts, and sauteed napa cabbage complemented the tuna with their textures and flavors. Our pairing of a Portuguese Chardonnay from Dão suited the meal better than the Sauvignon Blanc we had started with as an aperitif--not the wine's fault, though! The service was excellent throughout, and our meal capped with a gratis shot of aguardente to celebrate my day.

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Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

Third time at this great nice spot in Oeiras, serving mainly Portuguese-Asian fusion, enough to have an informed opinion. Very low profile place, tucked away behind Oeiras church, not obvious to find and definitely not the type of place that shows up on Time Out (fortunately...).  The menu is extensive, which makes it difficult to choose, as everything sounds delicious. What impresses at this place is the flawless cooking. It's great and, sadly, rare elsewhere to see ingredients being treated this way. An unknown Chef who delivers meat and tuna cooked to perfection, rice fluffy and loose, crispy vegetables. No fancy sauces with loads of cream or butter, no fancy foams, emulsions or reductions, you can actually understand what comes to your table. Unapologetic flavours, not disguised or toned down to please the crowds; they are what they are, like it or not (it's difficult to dislike).  The braised tuna with ginger and red chili is wonderful, the variety with sesame seeds is to die for, I could go on and on.

Value for money is adequate, one person can eat for less than €15, with wine and coffee; two persons or more can get a better deal.

Excellent, informative, friendly service.

This place is so good that could only exist outside of growingly pretentious Lisbon. I'll be coming back over and over again.

Thank paulolisb
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Reviewed 25 July 2017 via mobile

We had an amazing family meal here this evening. Absolutely fabulous. Highly reccommend the tuna with seasame and tuna with passionfruit. The service was excellent, this is the first night of our holiday and I'm not sure how the rest of the holiday will live up to this. Thank you so much.

Thank Carrie S
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Reviewed 12 July 2017

Excelent food, excelent staff, excelent place to dinner or lunch. Sometimes outside there is a musician playing jazz, excelent for summer nights.

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Reviewed 4 July 2017 via mobile

Early dinner but delicious food full of flavour served by attentive kind staff. Do yourself a favour and take time to enjoy their hospitality. Very reasonable cost.

Thank Des F
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