Manuel’s Portuguese Restaurant

How I do love to mix business with pleasure. (but only in the food sense mind!) I was recently given the opportunity to review the family run Portuguese restaurant Manuel’s situated in Brentwood, Essex whilst meeting with In-spire LS Magazine’s media partner Steve from Phoenix Fm. I informed him prior to visiting that as much as was a foodie; I had never actually sampled any Portuguese food before. However, he reassured me that once I had tasted the food at Manuel’s I wouldn’t be left disappointed.

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Hankies Café

Situated nearby some great theatres on Shaftesbury Avenue is Hankies Cafe, a warm and cozy Indian tapas style restaurant. Hankies speacialise in creating the classic Indian roti hand spun till its thin and cooked on a burning hot tawa and folded into hankies – hence the name Hankies. As you enter Hankies you immediately see the bar area and the chef busy in open plan style kitchen, the restaurant itself is small in size and intimate. The look and feel is nice and welcoming and the staff are equally exceptional throughout.

As I was shown to my table I immersed myself in the atmosphere.  I could tell it was a popular place buzzing with people. At the end of the bar is the main seating area and only my table was left available as all the others were occupied with happy eaters.

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