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Proper Piri Piri Chicken Has Arrived in London

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Piri piri chicken at Casa do Frango in Flat Iron Square, reviewed by Observer restaurant critic Jay Rayner Casa do Frango [Official Photo]

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 pitmaster Lucidio oversees the grill
Casa do Frango/Facebook

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.

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