I’m not going to lie, the first thing that drew me to Casa Do Frango were the interiors. The lofty, exposed-brick, plant-filled space, with natural light, industrial aesthetics and a good looking arch-shaped back bar. Luckily, the menu looked pretty solid too, so we ended up there for dinner and YES, it was delicious.
It’s Portuguese food, and if you will, a little like a posh Nando’s (they can take that as a compliment, right?) Chicken is the star of the show, but there are plenty of other options and you definitely don’t feel short changed if you don’t eat meat, like me. Get things started with a couple white port and tonics, and the delicious potato sourdough and pickles. On to the rest of the menu, it’s small plates and everything sort of comes when it’s ready. Get the octopus rice — totally delicious and full of flavour, and the delectable grilled piri-piri prawns too. Bacalhau (salted cod) is a Portuguese classic, and here it's served in a salad with chickpeas and a runny hard boiled egg. It comes highly recommended by our server, and is delicious, if not just a little heavy-handed on the dressing. Ed devoured the piri-piri chicken, which is served by the half with various options for sides, including batatas fries, african rice and tomato salad. One of the things that really stood out to me at Casa do Frango was how surprisingly affordable everything was. Half a chicken £9, the prawns £8, and sides £3-5.
A pastel de nata is an obligatory dessert, then head to the hidden cocktail bar afterwards — a dimly lit drinking den to the far side of the restaurant that’s the perfect place for a cheeky little nightcap.
Go, enjoy, and go back. Thoroughly enjoyed it.
CASA DO FRANGO, 32 SOUTHWARK STREET, LONDON, SE1 1TU