This restaurant serves authentic Portuguese food, don’t mind the surroundings which could do with a bit of work, the food is what matters here.
Overall rating – 3.5/5
££ = Approx £20pp through the week for a 2 course meal and a couple of drinks.
Set just under the Dark Arches across from the Hilton hotel as you come into Leeds centre is this small yet inviting restaurant that serves a Portuguese menu with Mozambican influences.
Cantinho Do Aziz offers great value for money with some fantastic weekly offers and lunch deals. They also offer a private dining area to hire, and have a catering side of the business for corporate events!
We arrived fairly late on a Bank Holiday Sunday and were advised that they were closing 30 minutes later but they were more than happy to accommodate us. We were seated upstairs in a small dining area maybe enough for approx 7/8 tables. The surroundings aren’t the tidiest and most attractive I’ve eaten in, but the food is the main thing here.
The food menu is fairly small but I don’t see this as a bad thing as it’s easier to choose something and really gives the restaurant focus on ensuring the best flavours come out of the dishes. Starters cover dishes such as; Chicken Wings, Deep Fried Prawns and savoury Pastries.
We decided to try both the Peri Peri Chicken Wings which had been recommended to me previously, and the Coconut Chicken Wings. Each portion was approx 6 Chicken Wings and the flavour was fantastic! The peri peri ones had a real kick of them that kept getting hotter the more you ate – warning if you aren’t into spicy food don’t try these. The coconut wings were fairly similar with just less of a kick and a really nice coconut/almost Thai spice taste to the marinade. We cleared our plates!
Main dishes cover some great fish courses in various sauces, for example Boneless Fish, Prawns & Peppers in a Brazilian Sauce with Rice. There’s a small selection of vegetarian dishes, and a wide selection of meat options such as; Mozambican Chicken tools with Coconut Sauce served with Chips and Prego – the Portuguese way to eat Steak Sandwich, served with chips.
I options for the Fish in Brazilian Sauce, a large portion and very tasty. The sauce was tangy and creamy and there was plenty of fish and prawns in the dish. I did struggle to finish the dish both as I was so full and I think the sauce was a bit rich for me.
Jamie went for the Wuco – a dish created in-house of chicken breast with a Brazilian touch, cooked in a coconut and peanut sauce served with vegetables and rice (And he added chips of course). Another very filling and delicious dish.
We really enjoyed the food here and the service was also good. The menu is very inexpensive and offers great tasting food value for money. I think this place would also be a great option for lunch time too! I would recommend you give this place a try. I’d not in Leeds then in their original branch in Lisbon! Try the peri peri Wings I dare you!!