Not just peri-peri at Barcelos, Khan Market

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Delhi with its overwhelming love for chicken recently welcomed a new restaurant known for its flame-grilled peri-peri chicken. The restaurant launch in Khan Market was attended by the owner of the Barcelos chain from Pretoria, South Africa, Costa Mazzis with his son, Jared, and the South African Deputy High Commissioner, Malusi Mogale. Kanika Dhawan gives you the lowdown…

The name, Barcelos, recalls a Portuguese legend about a rooster named Galo de Barcelos, who saved a pilgrim falsely accused of stealing silver. India is the 18th country where “Barcelos” has set up shop after opening 120 outlets all over the world.

Surprisingly, 40% of the menu at the Khan Market restaurant is vegetarian, despite the local preference for chicken. However, Rohit Malhotra, General Manager Operations pointed out that according to recent research they conducted, more and more Indians were consciously turning vegetarian.

Vegetarian dishes on the menu include Peri-Peri Paneer, salads like avocado-pesto, and Portuguese specialities such as cataplanatrinchado and picantte besides other signature dishes. Chicken and fish loyalists are not forgotten in the menu which is vast but neatly divided between Appetisers, Dips and Salads, Share Around, Portuguese Perfections, World’s Healthiest Burgers and so on.

When asked about the obvious similarity between Barcelos and Nando’s, the African hotspot serving peri-peri chicken in Delhi, Mazzis smiled, “We and Nando’s are like teammates. But we have our own identity.”

Decorated in tones of brown and green with wooden flooring, Barcelos projects a hip yet warm and casual feel. Furnished with plants and bright paintings, it is ideal for famished youngsters and family groups.

If you happen to be in Khan Market, hop over to Barcelos and try some Peri-Peri Chicken with a choice of tangy lemon, mild peri, veri peri and supa peri sauce. Spicy and succulent, it’s as good a Peri-Peri Chicken as can be. The vegetarian Espetada or skewers of mushrooms stuffed with feta and chunks of paneer are also worth a shot.

Steer clear of the overly syrupy mocktails as they are a mismatch with the food. Do visit Barcelos though, since the rooster crows in your city. If out of Delhi, keep an eye out for it – Barcelos has plans to expand into other metros over the next five years.

Getting There
Barcelos
57, Khan Market
Timings, 11 am-11 pm
T 011 4350 5270
Cost of a meal for two: Rs 1,200 – Rs 1,500.

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