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1920 Portuguese Restaurant

1920 Portuguese Restaurant
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Cost
R230 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids
Food
Portuguese, Seafood
Payment
Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R70

Critic's review

Siphiwe Mpye

Food
The menu is nice and small, with enough Portuguese classics like pregos, chicken livers, the most succulent espetada and a Portuguese salad for vegetarians.

The delicious Traditional Chorizo dish, grilled and flambéed in 1920 brandy, is presented sliced and on the back of a ceramic pig. For mains, tuck into a sizeable pot of feijoada – a traditional bean-and-pork stew with beef and chorizo slices – with rice. All the individual flavours combine well with the succulent meat. It tastes like home.

The trout – with crispy skin and perfectly flaky flesh – takes 20 minutes, but it’s worth the wait. It’s grilled and served with chips and a herb-and-butter sauce.

Service
The service is quick and efficient, with an accommodating smile and willingness to personalise the experience. The owner walks the floor, picking up errant cutlery, serving espetadas and dishing out gentle humour.

Ambience
Warm, homely, authentic Portuguese with memorabilia and a soundtrack to match.

Drinks
The wine list is comprehensive, with a good mix of reds and white, both Portuguese and local. Prices range from R160 to R 540 for local wines and from R119 to just under R2000 for wines like the Glenwood Unoaked Chardonnay.

And…
This is a lovely surprise for first-time visitors, worth the drive into Randburg. Booking is recommended.

(August 2018)

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  • Marie-Lais Emond

    Food
    The food here is intended to be Madeiran rather than mainland Portuguese food but, thanks to demand, Manny and Paula Barbuzano are obliged to have things like LM prawns on the menu. While the food is always excellent, it is not madly expensive. The Madeiran style of trinchado is not the dried-out dish you know, but has the beef cubes marinated in wine with bay leaves garlic and chilli, then pan-fried and served with Madeiran round-cut chips. Another good starter that is often on the menu is the 1920 chorizo that is braised with onions, chilli and peppers. A salad makes a lovely starter too, especially something different like the one of crispy grilled brinjals, melting inside, with ricotta, onions and baby tomatoes.

    Something utterly outstanding as a main is Chanfana. Tender, delicious goat meat is slowly cooked and served with fried sweet potatoes plus some jasmine rice for mopping up the flavours of the meat. And, instead of the usual old prawns you can get anywhere, try the big shelled ones that Paula readies in a beautifully Madeiran-style curry sauce. Something not always on the menu but memorable is Arroz de Pato, a rice dish of shredded duck meat and chorizo. The whole thing is served with a meltingly tender confit of duck leg on top. Vegetarians will also find lots to eat at 1920.

    Desserts change weekly and can often include a very delicious almond tart and a crème caramel.

    Drinks
    Apart from the two rather lovely Vinho Tinto Madeiran wines, the drinks consist mostly of Portuguese beers and wines.

    Service
    The service is efficient – Manny tries to be everywhere and manages that quite well.

    Ambience
    The restaurant is warm and homely, featuring lots of family portraits, soccer photos and bright Madeira embroideries. It’s not particularly Instagrammable but does buzz with nationals and internationals.

    And…
    The place has been around for ages but don’t forget to book. You will not get in otherwise. It’s full for the same reason you’ll be back.

    (August 2017)

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User reviews

  • It all started as my girlfriend and I sat down and our friendly waiter Melusi brought us the complimentary snacking bread, accompanied by some of the inhouse peri-peri sauce. Hungry as we were, we spread some on the fresh bread with butter and immediately loved the unique taste. Just the right amount of bite, with a rich and zesty flavour to boot. But this was only the beginning, and we had no idea that we were about to have what we both deem to be the best meal we've ever had. This is no idle praise, as I love food of all kinds, and my girlfriend is admittedly fussy about restaurant food. For starters, she opted for the prawn pastries (risolles) and I chose the traditional chouriço. We decided to each have a taste of each other's orders. The risolles were mouthwatering, and replete with flavour and texture. And the chouriço was brought to the table still flaming with ignited brandy. Needless to say, it was delicious too. Simple, but full of flavour. For our main courses, I decided to go with a tried and test favourite of mine, Chicken Trinchado. And my girlfriend wanted to try something new, so she chose one of the house specialties: Porco Com Ameijoa, a traditional dish comprising potatoes, pork and clams in a garlic and wine sauce. These main courses were hands down the most hearty, rich and delicious dishes we've ever had. My girlfriend does not usually eat pork, but even she loved the balance of flavours in her dish. The meat was tender and perfectly cook in both mains. And the Trinchado sauce was mind blowing. Throughout the meal, we savoured each bite, and admired the warm and cozy decor of the quaint venue, noting that the colours and ambience felt hearty and welcoming, with the dishes matching that atmosphere and elevating it to altogether new levels. After the meal, we waited a bit, still awestruck by the food we had, and how it made for such an amazing date night. Then, we capped our evening with dessert. She chose one of her favourites, chocolate mousse, and I decided to go for the almond tart. The desserts were delicious too, and along with a little caffeine on the side, a perfect end to a lovely evening. We left the restaurant happy and extremely impressed. And we definitely plan on going there again.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Child friendly
  • Functions
  • Licensed
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  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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