FRANGOS is a popular Portuguese-style Piri Piri Chicken stand in the Legaspi Sunday Market, by Pia and Jonathan Renato. "Frango" means "chicken" in Portuguese, and sounds similar to the popular Piri Piri Chicken fast food chain, Nandos.
Jonathan was known in the bar and restaurant scene for Verve Room, Kemistry, Manila DJ Club, and the 32nd Street Bar and Resto, while Pia was known for Golden Triangle during the Malate Days.
They recently opened a standalone restaurant for all the Frangos fanatics in the market and extended their offerings to include other Portuguese favorites.
Here's what we think about Frangos…
The facade is a bit bare and does not really give people a hint on what the place offers.
The menu is centered on the Piri Piri Chicken, with a strong supporting cast of Portuguese favorites.
You can start with these Portuguese-style chorizo a la tapas. The sausage was good, but the crostini was a bit hard. Not good value for money.
You're better off starting with these quesadillas with the chouriço sausage and cheese.
I love hummus, and this chickpea with roasted pumpkin combination works well. Served with soft bread sticks.
This is US Beef Rib Finger–similar to the ones in Tambai–but cooked salpicao-style. Highly recommended!
This brings back memories of Banza's Arroz de Marisco in Boracay, but it still needs some work to match the island's most craved Portuguese dish.
The Piri Piri flavor is hot but not spicy, and the meat is juicy with that charred flavor throughout.
The chicken goes really well with the Mango Salsa plus their signature sauces that explode with flavor when you mix them together.
The Frangos chicken also pairs well with the light, fruity craft beer of Tropic Haze, just brewed next door!
Order the three flavors of our favorite Merry Moo ice cream to clean your palate after a delicious Frangos meal.
We loved Frangos Piri Piri Chicken with the Yellow Rice, Mango Salsa, and signature sauces–Chili Garlic, Tomato Piri Piri Sauce, and the Green Harissa. There are similarities to how Hainanese Chicken Rice is served, except that this is charcoal-grilled and with Piri Piri flavors.
Order the Beef Trinchado salpicao-style for your appetizer (some foodies rave about the Frangos Wings) and make sure to pair the chicken with Tropic Haze Craft Wheat Beer. Then finish with some Merry Moo ice cream for dessert! 🙂
The Portuguese Seafood Rice has potential and can still be developed to be better than Banza's. Budget about P500/head.
(It's located between the Sacred Heart and Buendia portion of Kamagong.)
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Disclosure: Our meal was courtesy of our friend Spanky. I wrote this article with my biases, opinions, and insights. Read Our Awesome Planet Complete Disclosure Policy here.
Trivia: These are also the people behind the Salted Raw Butter from Bukidnon from The Dairy Farm in the last UTT event in Rockwell.