When I mentioned to Lex that I hadn’t written a blog post about ‘Frangos’, he was really shocked and I think a little disappointed…Lex loves Frangos. We’ve actually been together a few times and Lex has also been with friends from work. My first official taste of Frangos was with Jade – we had to stay back late for work and Jade suggested we get some takeaway – it was delicious! Since then Lex and I have been a few times to the Smithfield and Petersham locations.
- Bella Vista
Frangos is an incredibly popular Portuguese charcoal chicken restaurant. So popular is it that when it closed temporarily over Christmas, there were lines down the street on the reopening of the Petersham store! They serve skewers, whole chicken, lamb, burgers, and an extensive range of sides including seasonal salads and their famous fries! The fires are flat potatoes that are crispy and light. Frangos also has a pretty impressive reputation and has featured in the Sydney Morning Herald Good Food Guide, as well as in Sydney’s Top 10 Burgers. However, what earns them a loyal (and growing) customer base, is their dedication to food and cooking, as well as their age-old techniques and family recipes.
OUR RECIPES HAVE BEEN PASSED DOWN THROUGH GENERATIONS, BLENDING THE SPICES OF OUR ANCESTORS IN ANGOLA AND THE TRADITIONAL CHARCOAL TECHNIQUES FROM PORTUGAL. OPENED IN 1992, IN THE HEART OF THE PORTUGUESE CAPITAL OF SYDNEY (PETERSHAM), THE FERNANDES FAMILY CONTINUE TO OWN AND OPERATE THEIR RESTAURANTS WITH THE SAME PRIDE AND PASSION FOR FOOD.
What we ordered:
Lex and I have had two distinctly memorable experiences at Frangos. Ordinarily we ordered separate meals (usually chicken and salad), however the best two times we’ve been was when we ordered the Espetada skewered meats to share. The first time we ordered the Chicken – this was the best chicken I think I might have ever tasted (that was until I went to Locanda Verde!). It had the perfect amount of salt and seasoning. Absolutely delicious. The second time we ordered the skewers was when we went to the Petersham restaurant (this has more of a dine-in section than Smithfield and the service is better). Here we ordered the Beef – I don’t even know if I can describe it apart from telling you that it’s virtually indescribable and you just need to get yourself to Frangos NOW (after you finish reading my blog…). All the skewered meats are marinated in Frangos special sauce – kind of like their secret recipe sauce that none knows exactly what it is and therefore can’t make it themselves! I wish I knew exactly what they marinate their meat in and how, it would change family BBQs forever. The skewers are cooked to order so you do have to wait a while, but the wait is worth it to get fresh meat. One skewer is enough for two (from memory Lex and I had four pieces each), and there is a piece of bread underneath the skewer soaking up all the sauce. We also ordered a Greek salad to go with it – unfortunately the Greek salad differs between restaurants and the Smithfield one is a lot better than Petersham.
Unfortunately due to our new rule of not visiting the same place more than once, Lex and I won’t be visiting Frangos again in the near future…although, we’ve never been to the Bella Vista location…?