For traditional dishes or a modern fusion, Sydneysiders never have to venture too far for their fix of this mouth-watering flavours of Brazilian and Portuguese dishes.
The first Portuguese restaurant to hit Sydney, Gloria’s was opened in the late 80s by a single mum who wanted to bring authentic Portuguese to Petersham. Since then, Little Portugal has grown and Petersham is now a destination for diners wanting their Portuguese fix. You’ll find a seafood and protein-rich tapas menu here, with mouth-watering desserts like dulce de leche pudding.
82 Audley Street, Petersham
Famous for its traditional Portuguese charcoal chicken, Silvas offers both casual and formal dining options. The establishment in the heart of Little Portugal has a takeaway section serving chicken, chips and salad out the front and a traditional restaurant inside for those wanting to dine in. Seafood and char-grilled meats dominate the restaurant menu, with both local and Portuguese wines available.
1/82-86 New Canterbury Road, Petersham
Through food, CHAR&CO aims to bring Gaucho culture to Sydney's East. With a variety of dishes from the grill and the pan, the Churrasco is the drawcard here with spit-roasted meats served around the restaurant on skewers and cut in the traditional Brazilian way. CHAR&CO taps into Australian’s love of the barbecue with a Brazilian twist.
15 Knox Street, Double Bay
The man behind bibo is former Guillaume chef Jose Silva, so diners are in exceptionally talented hands. The moody wine bar is built on a strong tapas menu and a curated wine list showcasing Australia’s finest drops. Fresh salads featuring fennel and cos lettuce can be paired with lamb shoulder and octopus. For dessert, the Sweet Belem Portuguese tart cannot be missed.
7 Bay Street, Double Bay
Nestled in Crows Nest is this Brazilian-inspired grill, with BahBQ offering carefully selected meats, poultry and seafood. The menu, which is a South American and Australian fusion, offers the traditional Churrasco menu alongside smaller dishes including a veggie burger and Northern Brazil curry. With a wide-ranging kids menu and expansive space, the restaurant is perfect families.
35 Albany Street, Crows Nest
By far a favourite among Brazilian expat’s (and carnivores), Braza is an authentic Brazilian barbeque that embraces the classic service style of Rodizio, where Passadores (meat carvers) go from table to table serving more than 20 different types of skewers straight on to your plate – including halloumi cheese and sweet cinnamon pineapple. The best part, it is all you can eat!
Darling Harbour, Leichhardt, Manly, Miranda