If a hearty traditional Portuguese meal is what you’re looking for, then A Churrasqueira is the place to go. The restaurant is well known for its generous servings. It's family orientated so the whole family is welcome. Start out your Churrasqueira experience with a soup of the day for the winter months or the ‘Milho frito’ a traditional Portuguese cornmeal golden deep-fried finger. I wanted to have the authentic Portuguese taste journey so I opted for the tripe – dobrada with butter beans. If you’re feeling less adventurous, try one of their chicken meals or something from their seafood selection. If you’re struggling to decide between the two there are combo meals available. Other meals enjoyed at the table were huge T-bone steaks and the beef trinchado. For desert there is a dessert trolley wheeled to you by your waiter filled with cake, mini treats and tarts. Resisting the temptation proves to be quite the challenge. They also have a range of magnum ice creams perfect for the little ones.
The wine selection offers local wine and beer options at reasonable prices, good enough to pair with your seafood or steak. There is also a selection of international champagnes and Portuguese wines.
The staff is friendly and they move with great efficiency. The food was served at satisfiying rate which speaks on the effiency of the kitchen as well.
The space is decorated simply and is comfortable, it is well lit. The restaurant seems to be divided into two spaces one that more for an adult dinner; with white tablecloths, premium olive oil and their homemade peri-peri on the tables. The other a more casual and closer to the kids playing area – perfect for keeping an eye on the little ones while enjoying your dinner.
Buy a bottle of their homemade peri-peri sauce to take home.
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Expect hearty traditional Portuguese food served in generous portions, ideal for sharing. To start, try the ‘chouriço alentejano’, chouriço stew with onion, green pepper and olives. Also try chicken livers, spicy if you dare, along with a serving of ‘Milho frito’, a traditional Portuguese cornmeal finger deep-fried till golden, ideal to mop up the sauces. The risolles are pockets of heaven filled with prawn, chicken or tuna, perfect when dipped in their fiery, homemade peri-peri sauce. For mains, there are traditional options of Portuguese steak with egg, steak trinchado, espetada, rabbit stew, pork and clam stew or tripe. If your feeling less adventurous, a good old peri-peri chicken or 1kg or prawns served in a mini bain marie will have you licking your fingers. (However with this serving style I did find that this continued cooking the prawns, which left the bottom ones a bit overdone and chewy.) They also offer platters and combos if you would like the best of both. A dedicated kids menu holds burgers, prego’s, nuggets and a few other options. For dessert, a trolley of temptation is wheeled over to your table: cakes, mini desserts and tarts will convince your taste buds of the need to indulge. The homemade ‘Molotov’, traditional flan, and lemon meringue are sure winners. The custard tart was bit disappointing, the pastry tasted of margarine and left an unpleasant aftertaste. They also offer tubs of Magnum ice cream or Magnum milkshakes made with your favourite flavour, ideal for the kids.
The wine list offers some easy drinking local options at reasonable prices, perfect to pair with seafood or steak. You can also order some international champagnes and Portuguese wines.
Friendly and efficient staff move around with great efficiency. The kitchen seems to follow suit, as food is brought quickly.
It’s a clean and comfortable, brightly lit space divided into two areas. One seems to be more conducive to an adult dinner; holding white tablecloths, premium olive oil and their homemade peri-peri on the tables. The other space has a more casual vibe and looks out over the massive jungle gym – the perfect spot to enjoy your dinner and keep an eye on the kids.
If you live in the neighbourhood, they also offer a takeaway menu. Be sure to buy a bottle of their homemade peri-peri sauce to splash over your chicken before a braai, it’s just delicious.
The menu features some delightful traditional starters that are great for sharing and mopping up sauces with those delightfully floury Portuguese buns: moelas (chicken giblets), dobrada (hearty and flavoursome tripe stew with tiny white beans and carrots), and chouriço alentejano (a fantastic stew of sliced sausage, deep rich purple olives and green pepper).
Also for starters there are some prawn rissóis (the Portuguese version of risolles), oysters, mussels and clams. Mains include a delicate crab curry, Portuguese club sandwich, chicken peri-peri, rabbit stew and a large selection of seafood items. Desserts are wheeled to your table on a smart, purpose-built trolley, and include a selection of cakes and desserts. The lemon meringue is apparently a hit, but the heavenly homemade molotov (a traditional Portuguese egg white flan dessert) is not to be missed.
Some heavy-weight Champagnes (Dom Perignon, Moët, Billecart-Salmon) grace the wine pages, but these are offset by great locals: Beyerskloof Pinotage Rosé Brut and Pierre Jourdan Cuvée Belle Rose. Wines are also chosen to complement the ethnicity of the food, such as De Krans Touriga Nacional, Quinta Da Lixa Tinto, Dão Grao Vasco and even the food-compatible, semi-sweet De Krans Moscato. They not only offer wine by the glass, but also a small and large ‘jarro’ (jug) that includes a sangria option.
The service team, decked out in smart red and black shirts, are always on hand with suggestions and to establish if everything is up to scratch. The owners are hands on and sure to look after your every need.
Having recently moved from their previous premises in Rosettenville after a period of 18 years, the delightful owners are smiling because their decision has obviously paid off. Perhaps somewhat more ‘up-market’ than the previous site, the new space is also more functional and appears larger. Located in what seems to be a converted suburban corner property, the building consists of various separate dining areas, with a large, safe play area outside for children. The inside is spacious, modern and clearly branded with their logo, a buxom cockerel in high heels. Tables are set with Campones Azeite Virgem olive oil, some balsamic and their delicious homemade peri-peri sauce. A mini-collage of the restaurant’s previous media coverage is proudly displayed on the back of the main menu.
It's no wonder that A Churrasquiera has a dedicated following in our country, with our passion for the braai. While they offer more than just grilled meat, the Churrasqueira steak (what they like to refer to as the director’s steak) is done to perfection, but you could also opt for trinchados and, of course, a variety of grilled seafood. They have a fun menu specifically designed for children, which can be turned over to double as a colouring-in page and a very useful take-away menu.
As a rowdy group of eight, and having eaten at the Sandton Convention centre on Friday, our Sunday lunch couldn't have been better thanks to the quality of the food and more importantly the service. Thanks for a great afternoon.
The food at Churrasquiera is out of this world - the chicken is better than Nandos. These guys are not shy with their feta in the salads. The vibe is also very good, food also well priced but most of all, they (Victor and Jackie) make you feel at home. Would like them to be open on Mondays - great food, great people.
Great food for a good price. Very comfortable and friendly staff.
Love the food, vibe, price and quality. Always satisfied when i visit there.
Churrasqueira is the place to go when I want to be around some good company, good food and good drinks! The vibe is just out of this world. Best place to eat out!
Best King prawns and half a chicken and veg in the country. They need to bring back the good looking Pora waitresses they used to have to add to the atmosphere.
Churrasqueira is so typically Portuguese you feel as if you are in Lisbon. The food is genuine, well priced and extremely tasty. This restaurant has thankfully not strayed into other cultures and remains truly Portuguese with the ambience to match. It is probably the only Portuguese restaurant in Johannesburg that I really enjoy.