Portugal Genuine Piri Piri Restaurant
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The restaurant’s decor is a little like a countryside taverna, yet somehow still with a modern, stylish resonance, rather than the often-kitsch attempts at a continental recreation sometimes seen in Dubai, meanwhile the sounds of Carminho, every amateur fado fan’s favourite fadista, floats softly over the stereo. Waiters are charming and ours is evidently familiar with the dishes from his own country’s cooking repertoire, encouraging us to trust his judgment. So we do and start with the clams and the piri piri chicken wings. The clams’ wonderful aroma of grape and parsley-packed sauce hits us immediately. The clams themselves are also good, although ever-so-slightly gritty. The juicy and succulent flesh of the piri piri chicken wings ensure that our other starter is also exceptionally enjoyable. The recommended seafood skewer boasts several well-prepared and monstrously sized prawns, sandwiched between generous chunks of fish, and the traditional Portuguese dessert of milk cream is similar to a chilled crème brûlée: the smooth custard underneath has an intense, syrupy orange flavour that tastes elegantly like Christmas.
Open daily 7pm-midnight. Seaview Hotel, Bur Dubai (04 359 7427).
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