A Symbol of Portugal
It all goes back to the legend of a wrongly accused man who pleads his innocence by invoking a cooked chicken to crow. It does, and the man is set free. Ever since, the rooster has symbolized integrity and honour. Senhor Rooster takes up that symbol to reflect and celebrate Portuguese culture. Daniel and Debbie Alexandre, Senhor Rooster’s proprietors, want to provide their guests with an authentic Portuguese experience. That experience starts with exposure to an iconic symbol within Portuguese culture, the rooster.
The Food Of A Nation
Start off with Caldo Verde, a kale, potato and chorizo soup, or the grilled jumbo sardines, both are staples of any Portuguese diet. For your entrée, try the flame grilled whole Cornish game hen with piri piri sauce or the roasted rack of lamb with anisette sauce. And what would a Portuguese restaurant be without seafood? Senhor Rooster serves “mariscada,” a seafood platter, cilantro clams, and tiger prawns in piri piri sauce. Plus there are two versions of bacalhau, (codfish to us Anglophones). Bacalhau nata is cod casserole in a cream sauce topped with parmesan cheese. Bacalhau a bras is pan fried cod with shredded onions, potatoes and egg. Either is bona fide Portuguese cuisine.
Dining Out Isn’t Just About the Food
Clearly, when you go out to eat, the food is the centre of attention. But there are other aspects of dining out that make the experience worthwhile. At Senhor Rooster, you can dance on Fridays and Saturdays from 9pm-1am and on Sundays from 8pm-12am. Jany and Jorge, the house band, plays Latin and Contemporary music to complete your Portuguese inspired evening. And, if you visit in the summer months, there’s a huge patio with a large BBQ built by Daniel Alexandre, the chef himself!