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Adega, Norwood

Hours

11:00 - 21:00 Sun to Tues
11:00 - 22:00 Wed to Sat

Cuisine

Portuguese
Seafood

Halaal

Price Range (p/p)

Medium | R100 - R300

Casual Dining
Dinner
Family
Functions
Lunch
Smart Casual
Parking - Off Street
Reservations Accepted
Credit Cards Accepted
Waiter Service
Wheelchair Access Available
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Updated: 15-02-2023

When the kids do sleepovers then the parents get to play…. We finally got a free Saturday with no soccer runs and playdates to play chauffeur for. It was a sunny afternoon, and after dropping Taufeeq off at his Uncle’s we headed to Norwood to try out the new halaal Adega.

Adega is an upmarket Portuguese family restaurant with a focus on seafood. They also have a good selection of meat and chicken dishes too. The menu contains loads of authentic Portuguese dishes which I have come to appreciate. My father-in-law grew up in Mozambique, and I have never seen anyone enjoy good grilled prawns more than him. My mother-in-law taught me to make a traditional Portuguese dish of salted cod, potatoes and boiled egg called Bacalhau à Brás, which has become a regular on my table. Although we modify it with smoked snoek as I find the salted cod too intense.

The Norwood branch has a quaint and intimate vibe. You enter off-street into a pretty courtyard with high walls which blocks out the urban city setting outside. Greenery hangs from the pagoda overhead and the late afternoon sun casts a warm light into the open area where they have large umbrellas to temper the earlier midday sun.

They were not too busy, as it was between meal times and we were having an early supper. We chose a outside table in a more shaded area but it was not under the pagoda with all the aesthetics and I’m a fussy diner. The setting has to be just so… We moved tables to one that was more pleasing to the eye and of course the camera, lol.

Our waiter was seasoned and recommended some mocktails to try from the drinks menu. I went for something new and pretty on the menu and Zulfi had a Coke. The menu is quite large with an array of starters that include in true Portuguese style Trinchado, Rissoles and Stuffed Calamari. We went straight for mains in the hope of leaving space for dessert. Zulfi ordered the Bitoque – 150g Rump steak cooked in a secret sauce, topped with an egg and served with round chips at R149. I opted for the Marisco Medley – Prawns, kingklip, and calamari served with a side of your choice at R259. I chose the the veg side of butternut mash and creamy spinach instead of the usual chips or rice. We nibbled on the bread basket offered before the meal. Our wait was a bit long but the atmosphere was laid back and relaxed and we didn’t mind.

Zulfi thoroughly enjoyed his dish, although I personally found the meat a little fatty. The sauce was mild and tangy and quite moreish. The waiter suggested we try the hot sauce on the side rather than in our dishes. A wise move as it was flaming hot. If you love extra extra heat you will enjoy this sauce. (no, that was not a typo).

My platter was a good choice to be able to try out a bit of everything. The kingklip was perfectly done and flaked beautifully. The prawns and calamari too did not disappoint. All of this was drifting in a delicious sauce that simply could not be wasted. So I used some of the bread to mop it all up. It was more than I could finish though, and I happily took the rest home.

Towards the evening they switched on the fairylights in the courtyard which lent a festive vibe. We couldn’t leave without trying a slice of traditional Creme Caramel. I have had a truly authentic one at Nabila’s Place in Kensington and this came a close second. I liked the orange slice it was served with as the orange flavour complemented the dish nicely.

They have a section which is perfect for small celebrations and have large platters which cater for families and groups. In fact, there were 2 large groups while we were there but it still felt intimate. I didn’t spot a kids menu but a starter portion could work. Prices are on the higher side so it’s not somewhere you’d go all the time. But the food is good and worth the splurge.

Find our review of the Gateway halaal branch in KZN here and Adega Express in Sandton City here.

Please note: Hungry for Halaal is not a certification body. We do our best to verify that an establishment is Halaal Certified or Muslim owned but we cannot guarantee information that is supplied to us.