It was responsible for the arrival of chillis in Asia and created and exported piri piri chicken, but these days Portugal is mostly associated with salt cod and custard tarts.Taste of Portugal’s mission is to change that and to show the world more of the country’s culinary diversity.
Portal, Saint John Street
At Portal (main image, above) – one of London’s finest Portuguese restaurant – a dinner of five courses, each made with Bisaro pork (a rare breed of pigs fed on chestnuts) was prepared by Ricardo Costa, executive chef at Porto’s Yeatman hotel. There was belly of Bisaro suckling pig with cardinal prawn slices and a dessert of Abbey of Priscos pudding with a surprise sprinkling of cured Bisaro ham. Wines were matched by sommelier António Lopes from the Conrad Algarve.
The event was the precursor to the Obsession Festival hosted by Nigel Haworth at Northcote Manor, Lancashire, on 29 January, where Taste of Portugal was the star of two events, a wine masterclass and a dinner the following evening cooked by five of the country’s finest chefs Dieter Koschina, Matteo Ferrantino, Miguel Laffan, Vitor Matos and José Avillez.
Taste of Portugal London: what else is on?
February 23: Texture Restaurant, London Marylebone
Dégustation dinner with Portuguese wine harmonisation: featuring chefs AGNAR SVERRISSON & RICARDO COSTA and sommeliers ANTÓNIO LOPES, XAVIER ROUSSET & ADRIEN BUTKO
March 14: 28-50 Maddox Street, Mayfair, London
Portuguese Food & Wine tasting Workshop
Dégustation Dinner with Portuguese wine flight: featuring chef MATTEO FERRANTINO and sommeliers CAROLINE BRANGÉ & ANTÓNIO LOPES
March 15: Brasserie Chavot, Mayfair, London
Degustation dinner with Portuguese wine harmonisation: featuring chefs ERIC CHAVOT & MATTEO FERRANTINO and sommeliers ANDREAS ROSENDAL & ANTÓNIO LOPES
olive magazine podcast ep72 – Morocco with John Gregory-Smith
This week on the olive magazine podcast, the team discuss Portuguese custard tarts after this week’s Bake Off technical challenge – how to make them, and where to buy them in London, Lisbon and beyond.