Casa do Frango | London Bridge Restaurant
Today’s philosophy lesson will focus on the age-old question:
If a group of people decide to go to Nando’s, settling on the date and destination well in advance… is it really cheeky?
Graciously stepping up to deter the inevitable existential confusion that would arise from thinking about this too hard, is Casa do Frango – a new piri piri chicken spot that’s set on doing Portuguese chicken (or frango) right.
Taking up residence in a huge Victorian building next to Flat Iron Square, the Casa commandeers a vast, 5m tall, skylit space with distressed whitewashed brickwork, huge boughs of overhanging greenery and grand, original arched windows. Inside this lofty arena they’ve set slow-whirring ceiling fans; long, communal tables; and hand-painted motifs lining the bar in a nod to Lisbon’s iconic trams. Not remotely cheeky.
Here’s what’s winging its way to you on the menu.
As you’d expect, there’s a lot of chicken. It’s all charred over a wood-fired grill, butterflied, and smothered with one of their three signature sauces (oregano, lemon and garlic, or piri piri) by Algarvian ‘pitmaster’, Lucidio da Fonseca Monteiro. Accompanying all that is a jubilant chorus of sides; African Rice (with crispy chicken skin), tomato salad with blowtorched green peppers, and hand-cut Portuguese fries. And there’s plenty for non-frango fans too, from beer-battered whitebait to chargrilled cauliflower and unctuous grilled chorizo. Naturally, you’ll cap off your meal with an inordinate number of pasteis de nata.
The bar’s a beauty, stacked behind a sweeping forest green counter. Prop yourself up here and knock back something typically Portuguese, whether its a traditional Port and Tonic, Super Bock Beer, or Vinho Verde (‘green wine’, made from young grapes harvested in a DOC wine-making region in the north). If you’re after cocktails, you’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for an entrance to a hidden, candlelit bar set to open officially later this year…
…Talk to the right barkeep though, and you might get yourself a sneak peek.
After all, it takes two to frango.
NOTE: Casa do Frango is open Mon-Fri 12-3pm and 5pm-midnight; and weekends 12pm-midnight. You can reserve a table and find out more on their website HERE.
Casa do Frango | 32 Southwark Street, SE1 1TU
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