PASTEL DE NATA
Pasteis de Nata (aka Portuguese Tarts) was originally made by monks of the Jeronimos Monastery in Belem, Portugal. The idea started back before the 18th century when the monks used egg whites to starch clothing. The left-over egg yolk was then used to make cakes and pastries.
As a result of the liberal revolution, the monks began to sell these custard pastries to a local sugar refinery. Eventually, the recipe was sold to the sugar refinery and they opened what we now know as Pasteis de Belem which is still open to this day! Today you can buy a Pastel de Nata at any corner café or bakery in Portugal. Enjoying a tart and a coffee is a huge part of Portuguese culture.
Casa Nata’s vision is to bring this little piece of Portugal to Melbourne, to celebrate the traditional and authentic processes of making Pasteis de Nata. Just like in Portugal, you can come in and enjoy the theatre of watching them being made while having a coffee and a tart… or two… or three…