Londoners, even royal ones, can’t get enough of Portuguese-style chicken. But according to the team behind a new restaurant, the city has never been properly introduced to the real deal — until now.
Casa do Frango, an 85-cover venue now open on Southwark Street, specialises in Algarvian-style piri piri chicken frango cooked over a wood-fired grill in the traditional way — pitmaster Lucidio da Fonseca Monteiro has moved to the UK specially to make sure everything is done properly.
The restaurant’s owners, Algarvian-English Marco Mendes, Jake Kasumov and Reza Merchant, have spent time together in southern Portugal — also available is regional charcuterie, main dishes like octopus rice and, of course, pasteis de nata, plus Portuguese natural wines designed to showcase a different side of the country’s winemaking tradition.
Casa do Frango’s launch is the latest step in Southwark Street’s transformation into a place of culinary pilgrimage, following the launch of Flat Iron Square, home to Lupins and much-feted Portuguese restaurant Bar Douro.
Updated 25.07.2018, 12:45, to reflect details of the opening date.