Gostoso Piri-Piri Chicken

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For this month’s Kapitolyo review, we headed out to Gostoso, a restaurant that specializes in Portuguese-style chicken. The restaurant is owned by Chef Joao Branquinho, and his team of colleagues. The recipes featured in Gostoso all came from Chef Branquinho’s family. Gostoso is Portuguese for ‘delicious’, while the word ‘piri’ means ‘pepper’ – So I guess it’s safe to say that people from Portugal like their chicken with a little bit of kick.

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Menu shots. You can also order from the resto’s counter.

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We tried their Gostoso Starter Platter, which includes three of their appetizers: Piri fries, and two Portuguese street snacks – Coxinha (chicken croquettes filled with bell peppers and cream), and Bolsas (Juicy beef-stuffed brown empanadas). The Bolsas took me back to my college days when I would order hot Jamaican patties from our university’s cafeteria. Hehe.

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Their Piri Chicken Wrap was filled with chicken chunks and veggies. It was very filling, but didn’t really do much for me.

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Inverted Nachos – Latin-style with cheese sauce house-made chorizo and guacamole served with toasted tortilla chips. So-called because the nacho chips go up on top instead of being drizzled with cheese sauce.

Honestly it’s not really the best restaurant in Kapitolyo, but it was still pretty good. A very good option if you want to try something else other than the usual Chinese, Japanese, Italian, and Filipino cuisine. Also, I’ve been noticing quite a number of different Portuguese restaurants opening up in the metro lately, so it would be great if this could spark a new cuisine craze here in the country.

Ambiance/Interior: 4/5
Staff/Service: 5/5
Food: 3/5 (taste) 3.5/5 (presentation)

Gostoso Piri-Piri Chicken is located at 51-B East Capitol Dr Pineda, Pasig. Tel no: (02) 477-7330. Links: Facebook.


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