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šManuel
Churrascaria/
Takanawadai:
Portuguese
₯3443-5002
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Manuel Churrascaria
serves northern
Portugal-style
charcoal-grilled
dishes - pork,
chicken and seafood
- along with other
traditional Portu-
guese cuisine. The
restaurant itself is
very cozy, seating
around 20 persons,
and it really
creates the feeling
of dining somewhere
in the back streets
of a Portuguese
town.

We kicked off a
recent visit with a
refreshing Portu-
guese beer, Sangres,
along with
Portuguese-style
boiled vegetables as
a starter. The vege-
tables were quite a
surprise! Although
they seemed to be
boiled quite simply
in salt water, they
were very tasty. The
potatoes were firm
in texture but not
hard, and the cab-
bage was soft (but
less soft than you'd
find in stuffed
cabbage), with a
flavor that was
somehow very sooth-
ing. Another starter
was the bacalao
(dried cod) cro-
quette. Neither salt
nor sauce was re-
quired, and the
minced cod was
loosely wrapped in a
slighly crisp skin -
a simple, warming
dish that brought a
smile to our face.

After the appetizers
we switched to a
massively full-bod-
ied Portuguese red
wine, recommended by
our waiter to go
with our charcoal-
grilled pork spare-
ribs. Like all the
meats here, the
spareribs are mari-
nated with salt,
pepper and garlic
for two days before
grilling. They come
in a hefty portion
that's big enough to
share. Maybe because
of the recipe, the
flavor of the meat
seems much less
salty than what we
often experience
when eating French
or Italian grilled
dishes. We never get
tired of eating
these ribs, and the
taste is quite ad-
dictive.

The charcoal-grilled
chicken and the
spicy African chick-
en, which was a
popular dish in the
former Portuguese
colony of Macao, are
also recommended. Of
course the grilled
dried codfish, one
of the most popular
dishes in Portugal,
is exquisite! We
finished off the
meal with a sea bass
risotto. Refreshing-
ly flavored with
coriander, this is a
perfect dish for the
summer months when
one's appetite de-
creases, and it
would also make a
good remedy for a
hangover!

After dinner, we
wondered why we felt
so comforted by all
these dishes. We
never have this
feeling eating other
European cuisines.
We felt like we had
had a conversation
with a good friend
who perhaps didn't
have an aggressive
personality, but was
someone you'd like
to talk with all
night, and we wanted
to stay at the table
as long as possible.
Budget around Y5000-
6000 per person for
dinner (Including
drinks). Port wine,
an after-dinner
delight here, is
served by the glass
(from Y840) as well
as by the bottle.
Wines range in price
from around Y3000-
15,000/bottle.
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Minato-ku, Taka-
nawa 2-3-22-101.
[from exit #1 of
Shirokane-Takanawa
Station turn right
at the first corner
and walk towards
Tokai College -
about 6-7 min.]
 Open noon-2:30,
6-10:30pm (LO).
Closed Mondays.
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