Acclaimed piri-piri chicken chain Casa do Frango will open two more London restaurants in quick time. The first, on Heddon Street, will open in October, with a second in Victoria opening in early 2023.
The menu will continue to revolve around its winning formula of Algarvian piri-piri chicken and chips, with an array of simple side dishes like Portuguese salads, grilled vegetables, salt cod fritters, and Iberico pork croquetas.
The new space, formerly home to the Ice Bar, can fit in 200 diners, with a terrace and two private dining rooms; it is the largest Casa do Frango restaurant to date.
The opening adds to what is already a burgeoning little restaurant nook on Heddon Street, joining Nieves Barragan Mohacho’s Michelin-starred Sabor, and Budgie Montoya’s Sarap, current resident of self-styled “incubator” 10 Heddon Street formerly home to Manteca, Fallow, and in its former guise, Magpie.
It also builds on what promises to be a serious year for MJMK, run by Jake Kasumov and Marco Mendes. Lisboeta, its partnership with another Portuguese, star chef Nuno Mendes, opened in spring, with a debut restaurant for John and Desiree Chantarasak’s AngloThai coming later this year.