sexta-feira, 13 de julho de 2012

Work in Progress…

The 2012th Season at Hush-Hush Garden will start by the end of the summer.


The spring was very cold and the summer is being too windy. So we decided to plant new lawn at the garden hoping that it would be perfect in July. It didn´t!

 The lawn’s planting process takes plenty of time because the grass grows very slowly and it needs lots of water and warm weather. So it can only be done during the summer time.

We also had to build a fence to protect the lawn from the cats. So this is how we are at the moment…
We’re planning a great dinner party as soon as possible. Let’s hope the lawn will grow really fast so that you can join us in a fantastic evening under the stars!

quarta-feira, 21 de dezembro de 2011

La Revolución de los Restaurantes Clandestinos
Ana Diaz-Cano runs, along with two friends, a supper club in Paris - Un Artiste à la Table, but she is also a journalist. Last week she made a great article about the underground restaurants trend. Take a look Here!

terça-feira, 20 de setembro de 2011


Campo dei fiori

La Tartaruga– Campo dei Fiori
Da Lucia – Trastevere
Caffé della Pace – Navona

Urbana 47 – Esquilino

Gran caffé - Assis

Gatti di Roma


Love Locks



2000 years of history - The Pantheon

A Must...

terça-feira, 6 de setembro de 2011

Since we started the Hush-Hush Garden project, last year, we’ve been indulged with the most fantastic reviews from our guests. Here is what Kate said about us on

“Wow – Hush-Hush Garden was such a lovely experience all the way around, it was certainly one of the highlights of our trip to Lisbon. Our hosts managed to strike the perfect balance between making us all feel at home with the pampered feeling of an exclusive restaurant. Each course presented to us was delicious and delightful, somehow familiar, yet unique. The only difficult part of the evening was making ourselves leave. I would liken the experience to the most perfect dinner party in the most beautiful garden setting.”

quarta-feira, 31 de agosto de 2011

Just before the summer break, a great dinner party!
To celebrate with us, Daniela and Janine came from Barcelona, Kerry and Thomas from Atlanta, Maria José from Braga, André, Madalena and Susana from Lisbon and our newly discovered neighbors, Miguel and Patrícia, who happen to live up the street!
Despite the unusual mild summer, we were greeted with a very pleasant new moon night in the hidden garden. 
By Kerry & Thomas
Tuna fish with celery pure and green sauce
By Kerry & Thomas
Ultramarin shrimp soup with fried shrimps with cacao nibs and piri-piri
By Kerry & Thomas

Quail with "Molho Vilão". Upps, just the empty plate...
By Kerry & Thomas
Roasted rabbit with herbs & preserved lemon with sauté carrots and zucchinis
By Kerry & Thomas

 Cascais cake with Hush-Hush Garden's tangerine granita and a glass of Moscatel de Setúbal
By Kerry & Thomas

I’ll never get tired to say what a great privilege this is to be able to welcome and socialize with our guests. Getting to meet so many interesting and different people opens our mind and our hearts. Thanks for sharing these moments with us!
 Thanks to Kerry and Thomas for the pictures!

terça-feira, 16 de agosto de 2011

Enchanted Encounters
The will to share with friend and strangers the special garden at Hush-Hush made us start this underground dining experience. Good Portuguese food and wine wrapped in specially selected music and matching decoration seemed the best choice to put this idea into practice.
Suddenly we’re the hosts of an underground restaurant. At first site, a place to enjoy home cooking dishes, paired with good wine and great companion. After some time we feel it’s much more than that... These meetings are an open door, with no reservations, to face ourselves through our guests. It’s a disturbing discover but also absolutely inspiring!

It isn’t always possible to explain the purpose of the ingredients chosen to build a dish. And, honestly, it isn’t important as long as people enjoy what they’re eating and spend a great evening, that’s already a victory.
At Hush-Hush Garden, the purpose is to find the best organic or locally produced ingredients which will help to display the quality of Portuguese cuisine for those who visit us.

This time we head to Setúbal market. One of the best fish markets in Portugal. It also has a fantastic select of great fruits and vegetables (forgot to take pictures…).
I bought figs “Moscatel” to make a salad with smoked Porco Preto ham and wild pine nuts, and got some really fresh shrimps from Algarve to make the Ultramarin shrimp soup.
The heads were cooked with garlic, leeks, tomatoes, potatoes, piri-piri and cinnamon to produce the soup as the bodies were served à la guillo sprinkled with cocoa nibs and fresh piri-piri dices.
The main course was roasted rabbit, seasoned with fresh thyme, rosemary and sliced preserved lemon (from HHG lemon tree) sided by sweet potatoes from Comporta and a mix with zucchini and carrots sautés in garlic and olive oil.
This was a great opportunity to serve two special wines made with organically produced grapes from Casa de Mouraz in Dão region.

For the starters a white wine from 2010 made exclusively with “Encruzado” grapes, a noble grape variety from Dão. To pair the main course, a red wine made with a blend of Touriga Nacional, Alfrocheiro, Tinta Roriz, Jaen and the almost unknown grape variety Água Santa.
 Casa de Mouraz wines are produced with total respect to the ancestral cycles of nature and the traditional grape varieties and technics from Dão region. The harmony achieved whilst the wines are produced, mark them with character and charm. Perfect companions to the food we ate!
For dessert, carob cake with tangerine sorbet (made with HHG tangerines) with two different sauces. One a mix of raspberry and redcurrant and other made with wild blackberries picked in Arrábida sierra. The dessert wine was a fabulous and fragrant Moscatel de Setúbal from Venâncio da Costa Lima, gold medal awarded in the most prestige competition for Muscat wines in the world.
Many thanks to our perfect guests who contribute to an unforgettable evening bathed with a dazzling full moon!