The signage of the big deep red rooster at Square 2 was what attracted me to dine Barcelos. It kept calling “Eat Me”, “Eat Me”. However, when you talk about Peri Peri chicken, it is inevitable to first think about the very popular Nando’s. So which is better?
Barcelos, with two other branches at Holland Village and Vivocity, replaced Lerk Thai in this space with a rather strange elongated configuration. The expressionless waitress led us to our seats expressionlessly, but the smell of the flame grilled chicken was too hard to beat and reject.
Chicken lovers would be pleased that they served chicken presented in many possible ways from quarter and half chickens, pita, burgers and wraps.
I had a Chicken Fillet Burger ($12.95 for single combo) with tender chicken, crunchy lettuce and fresh tomato between nicely toasted burgers. The meat was well marinated the traditional Portuguese way, softly filling up your mouth. A big no-no for many chicken burgers was that patties become too dry and artificial tasting. This had no such problems.
The sauces were a huge contrast to the expressionless waitress with four zesty flavours to choose from – Tangy Lemon, Mild Peri, Veri Peri and Supa Peri. Turn on the heat with the Mild Peri Sauce which was already fiery spicy. Therefore warning, the Supa Peri might make your tongue numb to other tastes.
The Tropical Wrap ($12.95) was a peri peri good and delightful choice with sweet cooling pineapple complimenting the zingy chicken meat which was said to be marinated for 24 hours.
Better than expected, I found the chicken at Barcelos juicer and more flavourful when compared to its competitors. The legend of the Barcelos rooster described the roasted rooster which would get up and call. This chicken could make you sit up and want more.
Barcelos, 10 Sinaran Drive #02-65/66/67 Novena Square 2 Tel:+65 6397 6927
Daily: 10am – 9pm