Chef Luis aims to develop an authentic menu, showcasing the cuisine’s classic flavours. Signature dishes will include Algarve favourite seafood cataplana (Portugal’s answer to the paella, served in a special copper dish), and amejioas a moda Algarvia (steamed clams). Yet with all these potentially authentic credentials, it’s strange that the restaurant’s name, Piri Piri, brings to mind a much faster side to Portuguese food.
This Portuguese first comes hot on the heels of the launch of high-end African restaurant Kiza in Oud Metha, which has now been open for a few months (watch out for a review coming soon). Our greedy eyes are glistening in the hope that these developments are a sign of new times. We’re holding out for the first Scandinavian and Peruvian restaurants next. Fingers crossed.
Finally, for those of you still looking for gift ideas for Eid: first, it’s time to get cracking, and second, you’re in luck. Premium Swiss chocolatier Sprüngli has launched a special range of seasonal confectionary, which includes hand-made pralines, truffles and chocolate-filled crispy wafer-rolls. You can choose a customised selection, which will then be packaged in a pretty-looking gift box or hamper.
And on that note, until next week, bon appétit.