Pastel De Nata

The Pastel de Nata, Portugal’s most revered sweet, is fast becoming a symbol for the country abroad. It is also a perfect example of Portuguese entrepreneurship which is taking the world by storm. From the original recipe, first registered in 1837, until today, the Pastel de Nata or puff pastry tarts with a slightly burnt custard filling, has become one of Portugal’s finest exports. Insomnia is proud to be one of the first café stores in Ireland to offer these Portuguese delicacies.

They are an enchanting combination of lightly crisp pastry layers and a very, very pleasant egg custard filling. And, of course, they're a little tricky to make at home, that is why we are overjoyed to be offering these little delights in our stores! These Portuguese pastry tarts are only €1.95 or €3.75 with any hot beverage.

The Portuguese are renowned for their sweet tooth, a characteristic that stems from a long tradition of sweets developed in the secrecy of monasteries and convents. The Pastel de Nata is believed to have been created before the 19th century by the monks of the Jerónimos Monastery, located in the district of Belém, in Lisbon who, struggling with financial difficulties, sold them to the public who flocked to the monastery’s doors to eat the now famous tarts. The recipe proved a success, and when convents were shut down in Portugal as a result of the Liberal Revolution in 1820, it was bought and preserved by an entrepreneur who opened up a pastry shop in the same neighborhood.


To celebrate the launch of these delicious treats Insomnia is offering one lucky winner the chance to win a pair of tickets for a 5 Star City break to Lisbon. The prize includes flights to and from Dublin, two nights bed and breakfast in a 5 star Lisbon hotel, dinner on one of the nights in one of Portugal’s most beautiful and oldest Brewery, The Cervejaria Trindade. To enter, to be in with a chance of winning this fantastic competition, like us on Facebook and ‘Like’ and comment on the relevant competition post. The winner will be chosen at random on the 2nd of May and announced on our Facebook page, Boa Sorte!


  • Entrants must be available any weekend (Friday/Saturday or Saturday/Sunday) in June
  • Entrants must be 18 or over
  • Prize cannot be exchanged for cash
  • Competition closes noon on the 1st of May
  • To be eligible for this prize you must ‘like’ our Insomnia Facebook page.

Follow the link to our Facebook page where you can find the post you need to 'like' and comment under to enter.

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