The scents of piri piri, saffron, cinnamon, and vanilla fill the air at O Cantinho De Portugal. Just up Stockwell Road from the O2 Brixton Academy, this is Lambeth’s default location for fantastic Portuguese cuisine. Their tapas alone draw a crowd, but it’s when you get stuck into the O Cantinho De Portugal’s specials that you realise that you’ve hit one of London’s motherloads when it comes to the less commonly feted pleasures of the cuisine hailing from Spain’s western neighbour.
To hit O Cantinho De Portugal’s specials menu you’ve got to get your timing right. The leitao a bairrada (suckling pig) is available every weekend, so that’s easy. Feijoada a transmontana (a casserole of beans, cabbage and meats) and cozido a Portuguesa (an equally hearty mess of potatoes, cabbage and meat) are available only Sunday, while polvo a lagareiro (grilled octopus) can be enjoyed only on Saturdays. Even rarer (so to speak), is the cabrito assado, a roast of goat only found at this Brixton hot spot on the first Sunday of the month. Mirroring this is the delicacy of arroz de pato, a duck and rice dish, available on the last Sunday of the month. Finally, there’s the pato assado, a roast duck dish that’s always popular among the London crowds down Stockwell Road come the second Saturday of the month.
There’s something charming about O Cantinho De Portugal policy when it comes to their specials, like you’ve stepped into someone’s home for lunch or dinner rather than a restaurant in London, which you’d expect to have everything you want, whenever you want it. Never fear though, this authentic Portuguese eatery keeps Lambeth’s hungry happy all week round, with a regular menu of starters, meat and fish dishes (plus a takeaway menu) and thirst-quenching Portuguese beers, too. Remember, O Cantinho De Portugal is perfect post- or pre-gig fodder if you’re off to O2 Academy Brixton!
Great food, very good customer service! Always pre book your table. Very crowded! Fantastic menu diversity, from starters to fresh deserts! Great selection of Portuguese wines, too, and same champagne available for special occasions!
Great staff and great food. We go there every weekend as it makes us feel so happy as we made as the lovely Portuguese food that we had in Lisbon.
Amazing service great atmosphere outstanding food waiters willing to go that extra mile for you.
Amazing restaurant, amazing people, amazing food! I personally recommend their Espetada Madeirense and Bife à Cantinho! Definitely coming back in the future! Thank you for the amazing dinner!
What a great evening Portuguese style!!! I have noticed the restaurant for many years but never tried it, yesterday was my first opportunity and will certainly not be last!!! The food was great and the portions extremely generous. There's is also a very large choice of dishes that would conquer any palate. Me and a friend had grilled fish and it was delicious, try the octopus that is just amazing!!! The third friend is currently on a 'no carbs' diet and she could easily find a succulent low calories dish that she very enjoyed whilst still watching the pounds!!! The atmosphere is also great, sort of a family run business, it reminded me of places where I have eaten in Lisbon. The service is very friendly and welcoming...... Can't wait to return and enjoy it all again!!! A suggestion to the owner would just be to revamp a bit the outside front of the restaurant by removing the dry plant and planting some flowers. People try it and you will not be disappointed!!! Paolo
Thought we’d give Portuguese food a try. Booked in advance, very busy restaurant but only waited a few minutes to be seated. Very little space between seats and tables. Bread, butter, pate and olives were charged for whether or not eaten though reasonably priced. We all ordered something different, my wife very much enjoyed her starter of veal croquettes and main of pan fried monkfish with tomato rice, the monkfish white and delicious. Our Son had flaming chorizo, brought to the table flaming, most impressive! His main of steak, Parma ham and egg was unusual but he said very good. I had sausage and scrambled egg starter which had a very strange taste and a main of seafood marinara which was different to what I expected, an absolutely huge portion which could easily have fed two people. Finished meal off with a glass of port then waited for what seemed an endless time for the bill. Not bad service for what was an extremely busy evening and prices were reasonable.
I went for the second time together with some new guests and everyone was left impressed as I was the first time I went. The genuine environment makes you feel like you are in Portugal rather than in a London suburb and the food great as usual, everyone very satisfied and great prices too!!! Glad the suggestion from my first review to replace the plants on the pavement outside the restaurant has been listened to, it makes a difference!!! Lovely friendly service from all involved!!! Thank you for the lovely evening, Paolo
I had been to this restaurant few years ago and went again last night. It was even better than before. Excellent food and service, the staff was very attentive. It was difficult to choose from the menu because everything sounded delicious. We opted for octopus, cod and monkfish rice and I can't say which one was the best, top mark to all of them. We could not finish the main courses as the portions were generous but we could not miss their mouthwatering and traditional desserts. I can't wait to go back!
I have a home in Portugal and have visited many top spots in Lisbon and in Porto. This restaurant would not be out of place in either city, rural town or sea-side village. Typically Portuguese portion size, value for money, kind staff and the biggest testiment is that the local portugeuse eat and drink there. Very good. Only slight criticism - Brits might be offended by the chilled out nature of staff... They are in no rush to get you out the door but for me that's a good thing!
I absolutely love this place, it's so authentic and reminds me of living in Portugal. It's not a posh place but is really clean and has a great atmosphere. We went on a Friday night and it was packed by 9pm, lots of families and pretty much everyone else there was Portuguese. The staff are really friendly and the food is great. We had 2 beers, a good bottle of vinho verde, pasteis de bacalhao, 2 main meals and coffees and it cost c £50 - amazing value!!!! I would definitely recommend it. It is no more than a 5 minute walk from stockwell tube.