Chiado is a Portugese restaurant that’s lo-and-behold not in Petersham but in
Potts Point Pyrmont to which the Bouy and I paid a visit one recent Friday evening.
Finding ourselves already somewhat buoyed from a few post-work drinks we decided to ease into dinner with something a little lighter in the form of sangria ($22 a jug).
And I am so, so glad we did.
Icy cold, ruby red and full of red summer berries it was gorgeous both to look at and drink.
The Chiado menu is made up of share plates to start and then more substantial (large) mains. Feeling more inspired by the share plates we ordered a mix of starters and a main to share for the evening.
First the Tábua de Enchidos ($22) a charcuterie board with homemade smoked chouriço (chorizo), morcela (blood sausage), smoked alheira sausage and prosciutto, served with broa (corn bread). A hearty and flavoursome start, the smoked alheira was just fantastic.
We also plumped for the Favas com Chouriço ($16) described as a fatal combination of broad beans with smoked choriço, poached egg and truffle oil.
Luckily it wasn’t as lethal as advertised and was rather agreeably delicious.
Cutlery was abandoned for our third choice of Nossas Amêijoas à Bolhão Pato ($22) a very generous pile of vongole in a white wine & herb sauce. The sauce being more of a broth that punched well above its weight in flavour. Ask for some bread to soak up the juices. (You might want to consider mints after this dish if you’re on a date night!)
From the mains we selected the Leitão da Bairrada ($37), a terrine of suckling pig served with season vegetables. Suddenly we were out of casual share plate mode and into the realm of the decorated fine dining plate, for this little piggy was a thing of beauty.
It was as if our little piglet had gone frolicking in the garden patch and somehow the garden won. That’s right people for every bit as milky and lovely this piggy was the vegetables were better. They were quite simply amazing. I would go back for these alone.
Sadly (tragically even!) we were too full to even look at dessert.
I’d definitely recommend Chiado for some sangria or wine and some share plates, which is where I think it’s at its best. Our main, while really good, just didn’t quite fit in with the rest of the experience for us.
Chiado is run by a family team (brother Jose and sister Sandra), such a challenging and admirable thing to do – especially in the face of the big budget hospitality groups who dominate the Sydney dining scene. I even saw on a recent Facebook post that Mum had popped in on a busy night to lend the kids a hand! I wonder whose the boss on those nights?
*Disclosure: I love a deal, a sale a cut price item! It’s probably not something I should admit to. But the truth it is. So it’s somewhat surprising that I’ve avoided the plethora of Spreets, LivingSocial and Groupon deals for dining out. For some reason I just feel iffy about online deals when it comes to my dinner. I did however make an exception on this occasion when I purchased a Travelzoo voucher for newly opened Chiado. We paid $49 for $100 value on the night and our total bill came to $122.