While walking through Priory Park on our way from the station, we stumbled open Pastelaria Portuguesa, just opposite Sainsbury’s. The cafe was away from the tourist spots and fairly unassuming from the outside, but as we can never resist a Portuguese pastry- like these ones from Nata&Co – so we decided to go in and try out some other Portuguese foods.
We were surprised by quite how busy the cafe was inside, and squeezed into a table for two near the rear of the cafe. It only took us a quick peruse of the menu to choose – he opted for the Bifinhos De Cobolada, while I chose the Feijoada.
Our food arrived quite quickly after ordering and we eagerly tucked in. His Bifinhos De Cobolada contained delicious beef in a tomato and white wine sauce, served alongside a portion of rice. The beef had been slowcooked and just fell apart in my mouth. My Feijoada was a mixture of belly pork, chorizo and borlotti beans in a rich tomato sauce, served with a portion of chunky bread. I’ve tried a Feijoada once before – at a Brazilian cafe near Middlesbrough – so I knew I’d enjoy my meal! The bread was delicious and tasted freshly made and although I didn’t want to have to share it, I thought it was only fair to let him try the bread too. He wanted to take more but I couldn’t let myself part with it.
After our meal, we got to the door and decided we just couldn’t leave without trying their Pastel de Nata, so got one for the road. The pastry was wonderfully flaky and the egg custard was lovely and rich.
The one for the road turned into us sheepishly returning and buying more ‘for the road’, although these got eaten by the time we reached the train station…