If you like your food, are a fan of fried chicken or just love the sweeter things in life—Portuguese food is for you. We have hunted far and wide (Sydney wide that is), to bring you the very best Portuguese food our glorious city has on offer. And let’s be honest, it has a lot.
So, Lisbon up and take note, because these Sydney spots are guaranteed to satisfy even the hungriest of bellies.
If you’re looking for tantalizingly tender chicken, packed with flavour (who isn’t?), then you can’t go wrong with a trip to Silva’s in Petersham. Serving traditional Portuguese food, the menu is both extensive and adventurous. While were all about trying out new things, you can’t really go past the good ol’ BBQ chicken, rice and chips combo. Come on guys, who doesn’t love a little bit of carb-loading, amirite?
Since opening its doors 25 years ago (longer than most of you have been alive), Frangos Portuguese Chicken has had lines out the door. One of first of its kind to open a shop in Sydney’s ‘Little Portugal’, there’s a reason people keep going back (seriously, we can’t enough!). The charcoal chicken is sticky, salty and seriously good. Did we mention they’re also lathered in piri piri sauce; what more could you want? Besides desert, which these guys have, of course. Their traditional Portuguese tarts will have you hooked in no time.
ICYMI Petersham is the Little Portugal of Sydney, meaning there is certainly has no shortage of Portuguese treats. If you’re after deserts, it doesn’t get better than Sweet Belem. These guys have stolen our hearts and satisfied our not-so-inner glutton with their tasty treats. The crowd favourite is bellies down the custard tart, but the deliciousness doesn’t end there. Portuguese doughnuts, brioche croissants and other traditional delicacies are all at the ready to shatter your self-control, and put those 2017 diets on hold. One bite (or ten) can’t hurt, right?
Village on Cloey
Village on Cloey has brought Portugal to the Eastern Beaches, and boy are we glad they did. Bringing us the best of both worlds, the menu offers authentic Portuguese sandwiches and tarts, as well as the classic Eastern Beaches-style dishes we know and love. The traditional prego sandwich stuffed with grilled steak, seared onions and mustard is our pick. But don’t worry, in true Cloey style the all-day breakfast menu includes a quinoa and egg bowl that’s totally grammable.
The little restaurant where it all began, Gloria’s single-handedly gave us Little Portugal and for that we are forever grateful. Seriously, what would life be without BBQ chicken and custard tarts? The OG Portuguese restaurant is the oldest in the business, and one of the best. Others have come and gone, but Gloria’s is still as popular as ever. Everything is huge and hearty, so get ready to overindulge in the meaty mains and top it all off with some babas de camelo (dulce de leche pudding).
Casa Do Benfica
One of the inner west’s best-kept secrets, Casa Do Benfica is tucked away behind the Marrickville Tennis Club and frequented by Portuguese people (so you know it’s good), tennis players (obvs) and locals lucky enough to know about this hidden gem. Everybody knows food brings people together and that’s exactly what Casa Do Benfica’s menu of honest, and entirely authentic Portuguese food does. But there’s no reason the rest of us can’t join in on the fun, so grab your mates and get ready for a feast of lemon and garlic clams, grilled octopus, and our favourite, the seafood rice. Don’t worry, you can thank us later and maybe invite us along?
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Frangos | Image credit: Caitlin Hicks