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Where's the Best Portuguese Restaurant in Melbourne?

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Published December 11th 2011
There is much more to Portuguese cuisine than good old Nando's. Portuguese cuisine is rich, spicy and vibrant. It is a celebration of classic Mediterranean cuisine with influences from the Portuguese Empire era. Typical modern Portuguese dishes would have to include fish and seafood specialities such as Bacalhau, dried and salted codfish, the popular vegetable soup dish Caldo verde and meat and vegetable stews, such as Cozido and the pork dish Carne de Porco Alentejana.

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The most well known Portuguese sweet treat is probably the Pastel de nata, a Portuguese custard tart, but there is also the Bola de Berlim, the Portuguese take on the German Berliner, the traditional Fios de ovos, 'egg threads' in syrup and Arroz doce, a Portuguese rice pudding dish, which is finished with cinnamon and lemon peel.

In Melbourne, there are a number of Portuguese restaurants serving a modern variation on these classic dishes. Casa Iberica, located in Fitzroy, is probably one of the most well known Portuguese/Spanish establishments in Melbourne. In this relaxed grocery shop and delicatessen, you can purchase typical Portuguese goods such as Bacalhau (cod fish), Knorr crema de marisco (seafood), Calimenta marmelade and much more. Most patrons come here just for the Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts).

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Madeira Restaurant is another establishment which specialises in Portuguese cuisine. Located in Brighton, the menu features all the expected Portuguese classics, but with an Australian twist. For example you can choose from a Grilled Kangaroo Steak, Hot Chicken Peri Peri, Aged Herb Crusted Eye Fillet and a Seafood Platter. The Espetada dishes are also quite popular, you can choose from Chicken, Lamb, Kangaroo and Barramundi. The dessert menu features Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese custard tarts), Sticky Date Pudding and a Filo Basket.

If you know of a great Portuguese deli, cafe or restaurant located in or around Melbourne, please let us know about it by leaving a comment below.

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