Leaning on tradition: home-style Portuguese dishes borrow from Mike's grandma's recipes

Tracey Furniss

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 8:02pm
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 September, 2016, 8:02pm

43-45 Hoi Pong Street, Sai Kung, 2392 3328


FARE Portuguese.

AMBIENCE Situated on Sai Kung seafront near the old town, it's perfect for alfresco dining. There is an indoor restaurant on the first floor, which includes a private dining area.

COST HK$350 a head with a glass of wine.

WHO TO BRING Friends and family.

TURN-ONS The authentic made-for-sharing home-style Portuguese dishes - many of which are Mike's grandmother's recipes such as the slow-cooked oxtail in port wine with carrots, potatoes, cabbage and shallots, and the Portuguese roast garlic whole chicken. We started with the traditional Portuguese platter for two, you can also order it for four, with a selection of chorizo, chicken florets, bacalhau and perfectly cooked calamari, which was tender and although fried, it was not oily. The menu includes recipes from the Portuguese colonies and we tried the piri piri chicken from Mozambique. The level of spice ranges from one to five, five being very hot, we went for a three and although spicy, it was not harsh and we loved the layers of flavour from the chilli. For dessert, we went for the traditional Portuguese Serradura - a milk pudding comprising layers of real cream and "sawdust" crumbled cookies topped with fruit. It was deliciously rich and creamy. We also tried the Brazilian coconut cream cheese cake with an oreo base and topped with guava syrup, which was also amazing. The service is friendly.

TURN-OFFS The stairwell up to the indoor dining area is a bit steep.

DRINKS Portuguese house wine, red or white is HK$50 a glass and Portuguese beer Super Bock is also available. We tried the Casal Garcia vinho verde which went well with the chicken.