For a quick Mediterranean retreat simply head to Canto Do Passarinho, tucked away on St Leonard’s Street over in Edinburgh’s Southside. A haven for those seeking out some sunny Portuguese charm in Scotland’s capital, this Newington restaurant serves up authentic dishes straight from the owners’ native land of Portugal. One of Edinburgh’s best Portuguese restaurants, take a trip to this family-run joint to enjoy homely dishes in a cosy atmosphere.
Really disappointing. Many items on the menu were not available; the service was very slow (it took an hour and a half for us to get our main course); the quality of the food was poor, and the quantities inadequate; the card payment system was out of action, so we had to go in search of a cash machine. Not a good experience
One of the best restaurants in town. The staff is also wonderful and very kind. We had an amazing dinner, delicious, and everything with a badass bossa-nova! I will go back, no doubts!
Being Portuguese myself, there were a few things that were missed: the Portuguese bread was one of them and the covert ended up too expensive for the simple bread that was offered. Lots of things listed in the menu weren't available like bacalhau like bacalhau and deserts. On top of that the card machine was broken. Carne de porco à alentejana and bitoque were good but francezinha didn't convince.
Decorated in a traditional style, Newington's O Canto Do Passarinho could easily be mistaken for a restaurant you’d stumble across while roaming around a quaint little town in Portugal. Dishing up a range of flavour-packed Portuguese dishes and peri-peri goodness, O Canto Do Passarinho is the place to go in Edinburgh when a cheeky Nando’s just won’t cut it. Try some francesinha, a famous Portuguese sandwich crammed with ham, cured pork sausage or steak, thick melted cheese, and a rich tomato and beer-based sauce.
If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite you’ll find other mouthwatering options at this Edinburgh eatery, like freshly-caught fish dishes and chargrilled meats as well as some vegetarian choices. We love the bacalhau com natas (cod sauteed in olive oil with onions, baked with a layer of potatoes and smothered in a creamy sauce with cheese and olives) and the frango no churrasco (barbequed chicken seasoned with peri-peri and served alongside chips, salad and pickles). Be sure to stick around for dessert because you’ll find all sorts of delicious options on the menu, like pudim de abade de priscos, a sugary, syrupy, egg-based delight. Book a table at O Canto Do Passarinho on Newington's St Leonard’s Street in advance to avoid disappointment!