Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Top 5 Portuguese Restarants; Dining

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Top 5 Portuguese Restarants; Dining

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Only a few of us can make it to Euro 2004, but authentic Portuguese food is close to home. Fish, slow-cooked stews and pastries are among Portugal's speciality dishes, while chilli is a staple of traditional recipes. Add in some rather good and often under-priced wines, and soon you won't care who wins the penalty shootout - only joking!

O Fado 49-50 Beauchamp Place, SW3 (020-7589 3002). Mon-Sun [pounds sterling]60 * OFado's name derives from fado - a haunting and lyrical style of Portuguese singing - wistful music to sob along to should the England team crash out early. It usually kicks off about halfway through the evening, so if you want to stay upbeat, best visit at lunch time. There are various bacalhau dishes (salt cod), and the arroz de marisco,which is a kind of Portuguese paella, is highly thought of. Fish dishes are good here as is confirmed by the Japanese among the regulars - they are very discerning about fish cookery.

Lisboa Patisserie 57 Golborne Road, W10 (020-8968 5242)** Mon-Sun [pounds sterling]8 .. This bit of the Golborne Road is 'Little Portugal'. There are a couple of good food shops where you can get the very best dried cod and those salted pig's extremities - ears, tails, snouts - that make excellent stews. The signature item at the Lisboa Patisserie (and the pastry that's distributed to restaurants and cafes all over London) is the pasteis de nata.

These have cult status and are small, cheap, delicious custard tarts. There are other savoury pastries, but you can't do much better than a cup of the excellent coffee and a pasteis de nata. The seats on the pavement may be taken, but there's a quicker turnover of the tables indoors.

Pescador 33 Pratt Street, NW1 (020-7482 7008)**

Tue-Sun [pounds sterling]50 .. Pescador is a Portuguese fish restaurant. It is a busy place and runs the risk of being rather commercial (decor over the top, tables close together, hustling, bustling waiters), but the quality of the food is pretty good. …

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