If you enjoy eating Mediterranean food but you are looking for something a little different in Manchester, try one of the many Portuguese restaurants. They have the familiar light and tasty cooking you are used to but they do it with their own distinctive twist. Manchester's Portuguese restaurants have some dishes you may be familiar with but they also have some lesser known recipes that are really worth trying out. For example, as a seafaring nation they have some of the most exciting seafood dishes to be found in Europe. Why not try one of these delicious choices from the menu?
Portugal is justly famous for its bacalhau dishes, made from salted cod. Recipes include Bacalhau com Natas, a sort of lasagna made from cod, onions, fried potatoes and cream. Bacalhau à Brás, meanwhile is a mixture of bacalhau, onions. fried potatoes and scrambled eggs. Sardinhas Assadas (grilled sardines) are pretty much a national obsession and you'll find them in almost any of the Portuguese restaurants in Manchester. The people of Portugal also love chocos (cuttlefish) and a typical dish is Choquinhos à Algarvia from the Algarve.
Are you more of a meat lover? Don't worry, Manchester's Portuguese restaurants have got you covered. You can try out Leitão da Bairrada, a suckling pig dish from central Portugal. A more casual option is Francesinha, a huge sandwich made from ham and sausage, covered with cheese and served with a rich beer and tomato sauce. Definitely one for the hungrier diner. Cozido à Portuguesa is a traditional meat stew, while Carne de Porco à Alentejana is a delicious combination of beef and clams. Absolutely one to look out for.
As you can see, the menus of Portuguese restaurants in Manchester are crammed with delicious food to suit almost every palette and appetite. The cuisine ranges from traditional, hearty fare ideal for a substantial dinner, to light dishes which are just perfect for lunch. The emphasis is on taking good, fresh ingredients (and salted cod!) and cooking them simply to let their flavour come out. It really is a winning combination that you need to try.