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Restaurante Parreirinha
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Cost
R130 avg main meal
Ambience
Groups, Kids, Quick meals
Food
Bistro fare, Portuguese, Pub fare, Seafood, Steak
Payment
Amex, Diners Club, Mastercard, Visa
Corkage
R65

Critic's review

Jodi-Ann Pearton

Food
The cuisine is authentic and delicious. The menu is well laid out and offers the diner an array of classic Portuguese dishes in a clear and fun format. On the first page of the menu you will find the restaurants recommendations followed by the rest of the menu. The menu is not terribly extensive but there are enough dishes to ensure that you will have a great choice. There are fresh, crispy Portuguese rolls on the table with home made Peri Peri sauce that is mouth watering.

The best idea is to order a selection of items to sample amongst all the guests at the table in classical Portuguese style.

The rissois de camarao (prawn cakes), chourico, livers and squid as entrée’s are all superb or try a Parreirinha platter. Caldo Verde (traditional Portuguese cabbage soup) is amazing. When ordering main courses definitely pick a few to sample because they all taste so good. The prawn dishes, which are what the restaurant is best known for so definitely order at least one helping, are all superb, prawn curry is excellent with a lovely creamy note, the grilled prawns and chips are a winner and one absolutely has to order the bacalhau a braz (salted cod fish – just superb). Steak Trinchado Cassaola is a great option too but just a warning about all these dishes – the portions are massive so be warned that you will be taking home take aways or giving them to the friendly car guard outside! But enjoy! The food is so worth it!

For a sweet treat with your coffee spoil yourself with a crème caramel and a Perreirrinha’s barril de nata. Both absolutely delicious!

On your way out you can purchase home made Peri Peri, prawn cakes, olive oil, coffee beans, olives, prawns and chickens to take home so that you can have a little taste of Portugal at home. It is a great touch.

Drinks
The wine list is great and there is a fabulous selection of well priced home wines and local brews as well as Portuguese wines available. The entire list is excellently priced and there are also beers, shooters, fabulous coffees, a great selection of Dom Pedro’s, spirits and then a fabulous cigar list to compliment the perfect Portuguese meal.

Service
Book well in advance to ensure that you reserve a table because this restaurant gets really busy. The service staff have all been around forever and know what they are talking about and they know their food. They will steer you into the right direction if they feel that you are of track and will help you with anything on the menu.

The service is really excellent and not a minute will go by when you do not feel as though you are being well looked after. This is a very well established restaurant in the heart of Johannesburg South that is frequented by locals and who’s staff know how to look after their patrons well.

Ambience
A flamboyant and fun filled environment that you want to return to over and over again. The energy and vibe at this establishment is fabulous. The restaurant is broken into three different areas. The bar and then two dining areas which you quickly realize – one is for fun filled diners and one more serious. All the patrons chat happily amongst one another and there is a feeling of familiarity and respect amongst the diners and the establishment that is missing in so many newer establishments these days.

There is fabulous music playing and the décor is just perfect for the restaurant with hundreds of old ties hanging in the rafters like old memories.

And…

There are tasting menu’s available and this is the most vibrant place for a group function or party. The establishment also runs winter specials but is always absolutely full so be sure to book well in advance!

Best for...
Group functions or parties featuring g authentic Portuguese cuisine.

(2018)

 

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User reviews

  • 8 Queen prawns - dried out, overcooked for R312! For that money you could go to a proper restaurant. When asked the waiter why he did not inform us when we ordered that it was so expensive, he said management does not want to put the price. So we're not the first to complain, it's a common problem, and they're purposely tricking the customers. Waiter could not care less, so terrible service on top of it. Will never go there again.
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  • Loved dining here! Ordered all their specialties: starter platter, prawn cakes, seafood kebab, chocolate mousse. Everything was superb. Admittedly, their prawn cake is the star of the show, whilst everything else great, I still salivate thinking of those prawn cakes. And you can order them frozen to enjoy at home! The restaurant was packed, had a great atmosphere, and a rustic, offbeat charm. Wait staff were efficient, although not the friendliest. The area is totes dodge, but this added to the experience. A definite must if you enjoy Portuguese cuisine.
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Facilities

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

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