We went in search of some fab Portuguese restaurants in Joburg for you to try out. Here is our list of the top Portuguese eateries in the city. Also, vote for your favourite restaurant in our Joburg's Choice Awards by taking the poll at the bottom.
Nuno’s Portuguese Restaurant — Melville
Situated in Melville, Nuno’s Restaurant is a popular spot among locals and offers exciting Portuguese dishes that you just have to try! The menu is diverse with a twist of Mediterranean flavours, so be sure to try out the Mozambican prawn speciality of king or queen prawns drizzled in a light lemon and peri-peri sauce with basmati rice. And, to complement your meal, why not choose something from the variety of Portuguese beer and wine on offer?
Pigalle — Sandton, Melrose Arch, Bedfordview
Known for being the best when it comes to Portuguese food, Pigalle offers you a great fine dining experience, perfect for a romantic date with that special someone. With divine seafood and great international cuisine, there is something for everyone. The Portuguese steak pan-fried in wine, ruby port and garlic, and topped with a fried egg is absolutely moreish.
Adega — Rivonia
For authentic Portuguese cuisine, a beautiful interior and friendly service, make your way to
in Rivonia. They have a menu filled with a yummy array of mouthwatering options for you to choose from that will leave you feeling spoilt for choice! Don’t forget to try their Mozambican prawns
, but if you have a shellfish allergy, there are plenty other tasty traditional Portuguese dishes for you to try!
Restaurante Parreirinha — La Rochelle
Restaurante Parreirinha is a gem that’s definitely worth the visit! Their menu is filled with loads of traditional Portuguese dishes, including bacalhau na braza, trinchado and caldo verde, and be sure not to pass up the opportunity to taste their prawn cakes! They also have a good selection of red wines to complete your delicious meal and they offer a menu of cigars, ranging from Cubans and Americans to the Netherlands.
1920 Portugues Restaurant — Ferndale & Hyde Park
1920 Portugues Restaurant is well-known among residents and offers tasty and traditional homemade Madeiran specialities at great value for money. The decor is welcoming and homely and will make you feel as if you are part of the family! For the most well-priced prawns in town, order their speciality, LM-style Mozambique prawns, served with homemade peri-peri sauce and hand-cut chips or rice.
Mozambik — Randpark Ridge
Enjoy tasty Portuguese cuisine at Mozambik with family and friends. You will feel right at home with the relaxed décor and friendly service. Their menu has a great selection of Portuguese (Mozambique-style) dishes for you to choose from, no matter what you’re in the mood for. From peri-peri prawns to beef espetada and trinchado, they have it all. Speaking of trinchado, theirs sounds amazing!
Eira Moura — Edenvale
If you are looking for the best authentic Portuguese food in Edenvale, then make sure you book a table at
. Their menu has a wide selection of traditional dishes to choose from that will delight your taste buds. The espetada is tender and succulent and their peri-peri chicken is definitely not to be missed.
Sabor — Linksfield
Tuck into delicious and authentic Portuguese dishes at
Sabor in Linksfield. There is a wide array of options on their menu, which will keep seafood lovers, meat eaters and vegetarians alike happy. Besides the juicy steak and prego rolls, we suggest you try the prawn cakes and calamari – you won’t be sorry!
Calisto’s — Gillview
Popular among many Portuguese cuisine lovers,
in Gillview is a definite must-try. Launched in 1992, the restaurant has been offering tasty meals for 25 years and counting. It’s the diversity of their menu that really appeals to most foodies. From grilled chicken to fresh seafood and meat,
satisfaction is guaranteed. And as there are another nine franchised branches in and around Joburg, this means you don’t have any reason not to pop in for a tasty meal.
J’s Diner — Blairegowrie
is a super-affordable, informal and authentic
Portuguese restaurant nestled in the heart of Blairgowrie. This unpretentious spot gets pretty packed on weekends, which is clearly a sign of the good food. They don’t have a liquor licence, so you are welcome to bring your own drinks if you’d like. The best part? They’ve recently opened a takeaway joint in Linden – with free delivery.
By Kim Brown
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