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Guide to Taste of Portugal London 2015

Find out what's planned for Taste of Portugal London in 2015, and read Audrey Gillan's quick review of Portal, one of the restaurants taking part.

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.

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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 2015

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 2015

March 1428-50 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

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Degustation dinner with Portuguese wine harmonisation: featuring chefs ERIC CHAVOT & MATTEO FERRANTINO and sommeliers ANDREAS ROSENDAL & ANTÓNIO LOPES

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