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A Churrasqueira

A Churrasqueira
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Cost
R100 avg main meal
Ambience
Local cuisine, Quick meals
Food
Portuguese, Seafood, Steak
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R50

Critic's review

Kholeka Kumalo

Food
If you like your Portuguese food flaming hot, opt for nothing less than the hot option here – anything less won’t tickle your taste buds. You’ll be welcomed with fresh bread rolls only after ordering your meal, so make it snappy if you’re hungry. You’ll find all the usual suspects on the Portuguese menu. Think chicken livers in a tomato-based sauce, prawn, chicken or tuna rissols, flaming chorizo and a saucy prego trinchado for starters.

For mains, choose a generously portioned dish from a long list of house specialities. The crab curry is a popular choice, but comes with a lot of work – and mess. Other specialities include Lisbon’s traditional prawns in a portion of 10, fried in a beer sauce, and the Churrasqueira steak, aka ‘the director of steaks’, grilled with ham and cheese and served with a fried egg and ‘granny’s special sauce’.

Drinks
There’s a drinks menu of classic cocktails such as cosmopolitan, Long Island iced tea, margaritas and mocktails. Wine and beer is also available; however, there’s no list for these. Cheekily, the menu states that prices are subject to change without notice.

Service
The space is large and busy, but staff are fast and friendly. You never wait too long for your food or a drink and if there’s any delay in the kitchen or at the bar, it’s communicated. Sharing meals isn’t allowed and if you choose to ignore this, you’ll be charged an extra 40% for each person who shared the meal, unless they’re children.

Ambience
Relaxed and full of families. One of the drawcards of A Churrasqueira is the outdoor play area for kids to play safely – it’s enclosed, close to the indoor and outdoor dining areas and there’s a childminder to look after your little ones.

And…
Their homemade sauces are available to purchase, in case you just can’t get enough.

(August 2018)

Eat Out critics dine unannounced and pay for their meals in full. Read our full editorial policy here.

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  • Anna Montali

    Food
    If you are looking for a great menu specialising in authentic Portuguese food, this is the place to be. With an impressive menu featuring everything from Prego chicken to traditional Mozambican platters, you’re sure not to be disappointed. The delicious flamed chorizo is served with an element of entertainment – it arrives on a terracotta pig dish engulfed in blazing flames.

    We also enjoyed the giblets-and-calamari starter, which is served in delicious Portuguese-style homemade sauces. Next we opted for the rabbit stew which was done to perfection, with potatoes and vegetables. The chicken espetata was tender and full of flavour and generously portioned, accompanied by Portuguese-style chips. Other stand out items on the menu include their Mozambican prawns as well as traditional peri-peri whole chickens.

    The dessert options are brought to be viewed in a giant Perspex trolley. It’s an impressive selection of freshly baked cakes and desserts.

    Drinks
    Mozambican and local beers are available as well as local and Portuguese wines and imported champagne.

    Service
    Exemplary. The owners and staff are friendly and attentive.

    Ambience
    Neat, bright, clean and simple. There is also a playground with a casual section for families with kids.

    And…
    Take home a bottle or two of their fiery sauce, which is reasonably priced. Booking is essential over the weekends.

    (August 2017)

    Eat Out critics dine anonymously and pay for their meals in full. Read our editorial policy here.

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User reviews

  • Prefer previous venue in Rosettenville. Disappointed that it has become so commercialized, and food isnt as great anymore :(
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  • I am really unsure as to how people rate this as “the best food I’ve ever had”. Are we missing something or are our standards too high? 4 people, tough, tasteless ribs at R200. Rump steak supposed to be 400g looks like a prego/minute steak, even to the point where the owner admits thta it looked too small and would add ‘another piece’...all chewy and bland at R160. Chicken breasts at R120 so bland it wasnt possible to say if it was lemon herb or peri peri. Prawn & Calamari combo best described as tiny and chewy, respectively at R160. Never again. Huge disappontment and grossly overpriced.
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Facilities

  • Accepts credit cards
  • Alfresco
  • Booking required
  • Child friendly
  • Dinner
  • Food
  • Functions
  • Licensed
  • Lunch
  • Parking
  • Serves food
  • Smoking
  • Takeaways
  • Vegetarian
  • Wheelchair

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