On the outskirts of Ferndale hides a family-run restaurant which serves the best Portuguese food this side of Madeira. Just like the dishes of the Portuguese island, seafood plays a big role in 1920’s set menu. Our favourite pick would be the Porco Com Ameijoa which consists of pork, clams and potato braised in garlic, tomato and wine.
Details: Ferndale Village, Oxford Street, Ferndale, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 326 3161
Famous for their flame-grilled chicken, Galito’s is a little eatery which specialises in prego-styled burgers at wallet-friendly prices. Galito’s recently introduced the half Portuguese-styled chicken with pap… which is surprisingly tasty. Get some!
Details: Shop 252, Corner Jan Smuts and braamfisher Drive, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 886 0558
Peri-peri prawns for days – that’s the vibe Cesco’s in Strijdom Park is going for, and they are pulling it off like no other. This pub and Portuguese restaurant is a favourite amongst the locals who flock to this spot at least once a week. Give it a shot and order the king prawns, or maybe go for the blue cheese and bacon steak.
Details: C. R. Swart Drive & Tungsten Rd, Strydompark, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 792 7495
In Blairgowrie, there’s a little eatery which has a complete menu dedicated to food from Porto – Portugal’s food capital. From chourico to trinchado, it’s all here at J’s Diner. Give the half chicken and prawns a go – you won’t be sorry.
Details: 53 Conrad Drive, Blairgowrie, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 781 3401
Somewhere along Conrad Drive there’s a Senhor Calisto’s which serves the best Portuguese-styled chicken, available in seven different flavours – of which the XX-Hot is our favorite. Try the mild creamy livers on for size – it comes with a delicate roll and will low five your taste buds. Make sure you go check Calisto’s out for delicious treats.
Details: Cnr Conrad Drive and Hillcrest Road, Blairgowrie, Randburg, Johannesburg | Tel: 011 326 3444 / 3354
By Shawn Greyling
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