Thursday, August 8, 2013

Chiado Restaurant & Wine Bar

With the exception to Portuguese chicken and Portuguese tart, I have little experience with Portuguese food. What drew me to Chiado Restaurant & Wine Bar tonight is the fact that they have an ex-Quay Portuguese chef. Chiado opened in Potts Point February this year, and relocated to Pyrmont just a few weeks ago. The setting is casual and dark. The food here is well suited for the cold weather and what I would call devish comfort food. 

The combination of soft broad beans, finely diced smoked choriço and wobbling slow cooked poached egg with runny yolk is absolutely delicious. The bread based stew has the consistency of a porridge but is infused with wonderful aromas of prawns, garlic, coriander and broth. Highly recommended, especially if you are feeling under the weather and needed something comforting but not too heavy. 

The mains come in huge servings. The rib eye steak is flavoursome but slightly tough. The pork belly on the other hand is absolutely tender and tasty. The skin is crisp and the fat has melted and spread across the pork belly. The chouriço mash is rich and luscious. This dish should be avoided for anyone with health concerns. For others, sharing may be a good idea. Regretfully I finished the entire dish on my own and left no room for desserts. Maybe next time...

The Bar Area

The menu

L Loves... Favas com Chourico
Soft broad beans, homemade smoked choriço 
with slow cooked poached egg and truffle oil 

Açorda de Gambas
Traditional bread based stew with prawns, mashed rustic bread, 
garlic, coriander, olive oil & white wine in a fragrant broth

Bitoque à Chiado
Rib eye steak, chunky twice cooked potatoes
 & slow cooked poached egg

Barriga de Porco com Milho e Broa
Slow cooked pork belly, served with season vegetables, mushrooms, 
roasted corn & chouriço mash

L's Verdict:

•    Taste: 8/10
•    Ambience: 3/5
•    Value: 3/5
•    Service: 3/5
•    Creativity and other WOW factors: 3/5

Overall rating: 20/30

Chiado Restaurant and Wine Bar

50 Murray St 
Pyrmont NSW 2009
Ph: (02) 9357 7706
Dinner Tuesday to Sunday

Visited August 2013

Friendly advice: Chiado has relocated to Pyrmont, the new location is beside The Little Snail on Murray Street. 

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