Walking into Picante you’ll be greeted with warm colors and an open kitchen, since we were here for the #4PSGrillsintheCity event the bloggers table was meticulously detailed with a special tasting menu which even had the edges burned off #grilled.
For drinks we ordered refreshing glasses of watermelon and pineapple juice.
We started off with warm bread with butter and tangy gazpacho shots.
For starters, a fast favorite was the pineapple and watermelon salad – an unusual combination which also included strawberries and balsamic vinegar – sweet and tart.
The chicken piri piri skewers were one of the most anticipated starters, the juicy chicken and grilled vegetables are a bit bland but once the spicy piri piri sauce is added balance is restored.
The Portuguese tavern included: chicken and beef croquettes, strong fish cakes, an extremely hard to find chicken pie that didn’t contain mushroom (yes they exist and you can find them at Picante).
Gambas ‘a la guilho’ are sauteed shrimps with garlic, coriander, red chili and olive oil – a simple dish banking on classic flavors.
For mains, the seafood rice was an instant favorite, a rich and creamy dish due to the mixed seafood (clams, shrimps, mussels) being enveloped in a tomato based sauce!
Seafood lovers rejoice a few other options are grilled king prawns served with mushrooms and bacalhau ‘a bras’ cod fish with scrambled eggs.
Dessert was taken down to La Terrace where we received platters with our instagram handles.
The fruit tart had a hard crust and a soft custard cream topped with juicy fruits.
The dark chocolate mousse had a great balance of flavors and gladly wasn’t too bitter.
And lastly the apple custard pie which had hints of vanilla and cinnamon!