One of Brooklyn Square’s latest additions on the restaurant front is PortuGalo – an eatery that transports you to tapas-filled tables in Portugal’s cobblestone villages in no time.
The restaurant – just across from Tashas, where TriBeCa used to be – looks all festive with tiled tables and tasselled umbrellas and the traditional music almost makes you tap your feet to the beat. The menu is filled with delicious tapas options, seafood dishes and Portuguese stews and patrons are spoiled with in-house Chef Claudio, originally from Portugal, and his strong passion to plate the realness of his home country. You can definitely taste it in his Chicken Chorizo Pasta, Bitoque, Chicken and Prawn Curry (which comes with seven different spices and coconut milk) and his Seafood Cataplana.
For Chef Claudio it’s all about authentic Portuguese food – simple recipes that have been passed down from generation to generation. His focus lies rather in the flavour than in the plating, he says, and it is clear in the cooking techniques and secret sauces used to enhance the culinary experience.
From Volcanic rock grilled meals coupled with his famous sauce to the most divine homemade Portuguese Custard Tartlets – prepare your pallet to be wowed!
HP loves: PortuGalo’s rice pudding is a traditional Portuguese Christmas dessert and will definitely get you into that Christmas spirit! They also offer a Chickpea Curry and Green Pea Stew as vegetarian options.