Taste Portugal London 2015 Kicks Off with a Mouthwatering Series of January Events

Notting Hill Kitchen and Portal play host to special Portuguese pop-up evenings

Portuguese chef Joao Rodrigues

This month, Taste Portugal London, a Portuguese Tourist Board initiative, will be returning to Notting Hill Kitchen on 21st January for an evening of joint culinary collaborations between the restaurant’s own Luis Baena and fellow Portuguese chef Joao Rodrigues, who together, will create a wonderfully unusual four course menu showcasing some of Portugal’s most unique products. On 22nd January, a sumptuous Bisaro Pork Dinner awaits at one of London’s finest Portuguese restaurants, Portal, with Portal’s own Antonio Correia joining forces with Ricardo Costa creating a very special porcine feast.

Taste Portugal London is delighted to be collaborating with Wines of Portugal who have provided wines from Portugal’s leading wineries to be showcased in the wine pairing menus at each of the January events.

After a 2014 programme that dazzled UK gastronomes with a host of dinners and wine evenings in some of London’s finest dining establishments including the Ledbury and Murano and involving some of the world’s most highly accredited chefs, such as Nuno Mendes; Taste Portugal London is excited to announce its January 2015 programme bursting with delectable dinners, wine flights, passionate chefs and sommeliers and fresh Portuguese produce that will entertain, educate and delight all those that try it!

Portuguese Wine & Menu Harmonisation – Degustation Dinner
21st January, 6.30pm – Notting Hill Kitchen with Luis Baena and Joao Rodrigues

The menu reflects the adventurous nature of both chefs, allowing the main ingredient of each of the four dishes to shine in its own right, allowing the diner to savour the incredible flavours of the Portuguese produce presented. The menu includes:

  • Algarve Scarlet Prawn
  • Seared Hot Smoked Pink Berlengas Swordfish
  • Alentejo Milk-Fed Goat Shoulder
  • Sticky Ameixa d’Elvas (Elma’s Plum) Pudding

Luis Baena, owner and head chef of Notting Hill Kitchen, is delighted to be working with Rodrigues for the event. Joao Rodrigues comes to London for one night only from his residency as Head Chef of Feitoria in the Altis Belem Hotel & Spa in Lisbon, which holds one Michelin star. Rodrigues prides his dishes on always presenting Portugal’s “roots and traditions with the quality of the product being the most important ingredient.”
Each course will be accompanied by a specially selected wine by Antonio Lopes, Taste Portugal London’s official sommelier and resident sommelier at Conrad Algarve.

Price for four-course dinner with wine pairing, £110 or £70 without wine pairing. Email reservations@tasteportugal-london.com to book tickets.

Portuguese Dinner with Wine Flight
22nd January, 6.30pm – Portal Pork Supper with Antonio Correias & Ricardo Costa

This dinner is something of a homecoming for Ricardo Costa, who headed up the kitchen when Antonio Correia’s restaurant first opened nine years ago. Costa is now executive chef at the Yeatman hotel, the first Michelin starred restaurant in Porto. For one exclusive evening only, Costa will be combining efforts with his old team to create a superb menu themed around one of Portugal’s most emblematic and indigenous products – Bísaro pork (itself close to extinction until a national association was established for its survival). The menu will include:

  • Crispy Cooked Bísaro Pork
  • Portuguese Game Sausage from The Yeatman with Truffled Egg Yolk
  • Belly of Bísaro Suckling Pig with Cardinal Prawns & Herb Sprout Salad
  • Traditional Portuguese Bísaro Pork Stew with Caramelised Pistachio & Madeira Wine Sauce
  • Abade de Priscos Pudding with Citrus Sorbet & Cured Ham of Bísaro Pork

The wine flight will comprise a fantastic Portuguese wine to accompany and highlight each course.

Price for five-course dinner with wine pairing, £95 or £65 without wine pairing. Contact Portal directly for reservations: +44 207 253 695 or email reservations@tasteportugal-london.com

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