These golden pastries can be found all over the world – Macau, Hong Kong, Australia but at the original source, Portugal, is where the Pastei de Nata was born and where it is perfected.
I went on a mission in Lisboa to find the best Tart. It took to me to highs and lows, to happiness and disappointment. I don’t want you to make the same mistakes that I did so I will give you a helping hand with my reviews of best to worst Nata Tarts in Lisboa.
4) Confeitaria Nacional
This patisserie is located just off of Rossio Square. The building is very gorgeous and displays many tarts and pastries in its windows, drawing in tourists with its excellent location. The tart itself is a disaster. The most expensive one that I’ve had €1,50 and the leave impressive. The pastry base was doughy and hard. I couldn’t even have a clean bite through the tart. The custard was gluggy and gooey, not as smooth as the others. It had a strange flavour as well, something not as comforting. It was served cold which obviously means it wasn’t baked fresh and they didn’t even have cinnamon and icing sugar present on the tables. I also had a coffee here which was actually delicious.
Located right outside the entrance to St Jorge’s Castle, it’s tempting to go and have a Nata Tart due to its convenience and modern looking store with ‘raving reviews’ on its menu. The letdown was again the tart base. I could get through it but it was also doughy. The custard flavour was good but the texture was not. Sure, sit here and relax, but don’t expect the best Nata here. I went home disappointed.
2) Pastei de Belem
Travellers will flock from around the world and make the trip from Lisbon to Belem for this most famous Portuguese Nata shop in the world. Just google best nata tart and this place will come up in the top 6 google searches. It was good! They have a huge interior restaurant to relax and get instant table service (instead of lining up for the take out version). It’s authentic and a secret guarded recipe made fresh on the spot so you’ll definitely get a fresh authentic pastry. The specialty here is the flaky and crispy pastry surrounding the tart that continues to the base, which is miraculous. You get a smooth custard and a satisfied tummy afterwards 🙂
My absolutely favourite. This store trumps the rest and stole my heart! Trust it! It’s dedicated to making Nata tarts and ONLY Nata tarts. You can see the kitchen through open glass and in one bite you will realise how absolutely shit all the other tarts are. This was magic. The tart was crispy, flaky, but the base.. The base was golden, it was sweet and almost had a thing layer of crisp sugar. The custard, it was more than smooth. It was so smooth it was oozing of warmth and love. Love – that is how I will describe this place that no other patisserie that I have tried possesses. These little €1 pastries are made with love and will make you love them! I went back on my last day after tarts of disappointment and bought eight of these little treasures to take home. It’s not rated #1 bakery on TripAdvisor for nothing. Come here and save yourself from pointless mediocre Nata tarts. You’ll thank me for it.