Portugal has a rich maritime history, so it's no surprise that fresh fish and delicious seafood feature prominently in the national cuisine. Here are four favourite places to enjoy tasty traditional cooking
70 Leonard Street, London EC2A
The sibling owners of this sleek and sophisticated restaurant have created a menu offering delectable rustic cuisine, reflecting their upbringing in former Portuguese colony Mozambique. The signature dish – grilled fillet of acorn-fed Iberian pig, marinated with smoked paprika, thyme and garlic – should not be missed. A range of Iberian wines complements the dishes, which also include salt cod baked with potatoes, onion, red peppers and garlic, and grilled Mozambique tiger prawns.
To book a table call 020 7613 5346 or visit www.eyrebrothers.co.uk
The Square, Hadlow, Kent TN11
Casa Portuguesa specialises in shellfish dishes using a traditional cataplana – special cookware usually made of copper and shaped like two clam shells. The menu features a selection of meat and fish dishes including a range of bacalhau (salted and sun-dried cod) dishes. Among the vegetarian options is a traditional soup, caldo verde, which uses ingredients grown by the owners. To book a table call 01732 851 489 or visit www.casaportuguesauk.com
50 Beauchamp Place, London SW3
This restaurant opened in 1968, and it's been serving delicious authentic fare ever since. Begin with the mouthwatering chouriço assado (or grilled chorizo) before tucking into delicious meat, vegetarian or fish dishes including the linguado à Fado (grilled Dover sole with lemon, butter sauce and prawns). Guests can also enjoy live music every Friday and Saturday evening.
To book a table call 020 7589 3002 or visit www.ofado.co.uk
2 Guildford Crescent, Cardiff CF10
This award-winning family-run restaurant is located in the heart of the Welsh capital. The menu offers scrumptious fish dishes including caldeirada (a broth with potatoes, tomato and onions), monkfish and swordfish, and meat and vegetarian options cooked in a cataplana. The bife Algarve (slices of fillet steak cooked in rich white wine, garlic and demi-glace sauce) is also delicious.
To book a table call 029 2066 7705 or visit http://www.madeirarestaurante.co.uk/