Flame grilled Chicken at Casa do Frango

Casa do Frango

When I received a message from my sister in Dubai about planning a family get together meal in London, I immediately started looking for restaurants serving plates of food I knew my siblings would love. That plate of food was flame grilled piri piri chicken , served at a Portuguese restaurant a few minutes walk from Borough Market.  I picked the Casa do Frango  based on a glowing review from one of my fave Guardian food critic, Jay Rayner…that and it’s chicken of course. What’s there not to like.

Now when you mention flame grilled chicken, one restaurant in London often comes to mind. Cheeky Nando’s and their 10% NHS discount , a staple of many families due to pricing and taste.  It’s inevitable that any newish restaurant that prides itself on serving flame grilled chicken as their main will have to compete against Nando’s . On eating at Casa do Frango however, that’s where the comparison ends. The dishes at Casa do Frango were tastier , the sharing plates had more variety ,  the venue with its plants was beautiful and the pricing actually wasn’t bad at all. You can have a half chicken brushed with piri piri sauce , lemon and garlic or Oregano for £10 , with sides costing anywhere between £3 – £6.

Here goes my afternoon

A plate of grilled chorizo and black olive mayo
Casa do Frango grilled chorizo with black olive mayo and guindilla peppers . These chorizos were simply delicious. Makelesmouthful


L and N Makele of Pushchair Diaries. You should check out their South America blog post.


Piri piri garlic prawns , white wine and parsley . The prawns and bread were a match made in foodie heaven. The last time I tasted prawns with a sauce that good was at Bermondsey’s Jose . Makelesmouthful


Pork Belly Ribs with salad of tomato , cauliflower leaf , watercress and red onion
Casa do Frango Pork Belly Ribs with salad of tomato , cauliflower leaf , watercress and red onion : Makelesmouthful


With Amina Makele of aminasbookshelf blog and Zai Makele


Asabe and Lanre Makele munching away


African rice with crispy chicken skin , chorizo and plantains in a little bowl.
Casa do Frango African rice with crispy chicken skin , chorizo and plantain was a winning side dish. Makelesmouthful


Casa do Frango flame grilled Piri chicken carefully arranged on a plate
Casa do Frango : Half chicken brushed with piri piri was flavourful and lightly spicy : Makelesmouthful


Casa do Frango chicken feast and delicious wild African rice set on a table
Casa do Frango flame grilled chicken feast : Makelesmouthful


The meal along with  desserts baked by Lami was washed down with some san gria and red wine.

I had a nice time at this Portuguese joint. The food and lively ambience makes it an ideal place for groups. I am off to Portugal in a few days, so I’m looking forward to more Portuguese dishes..and the wedding ofcourse :).  Watch out for some new blog posts.

Finally, there’s a new Caso do Frango restaurant opening in Shoreditch this December. Make sure you Subscribe to their mailing list as they have a 50% off opening week deal. I’ll be the guy in the corner stuffing his face with some of the tastiest flamed grilled chicken around.

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