What is it? Meaning soul in Portuguese, Alma offers the kind of food grandma would make, with authentic techniques and rich flavours.
The place: In Harbour City, this large restaurant has a nice spot overlooking the harbour with magnificent views and comfy chairs. All you need for a pleasant post-shopping meal.
The food: A selection of appetisers that make it tricky to settle on just one with piri piri chicken wings, fried egg with chorizo (that we could have eaten two of) a grilled pork ear salad, as well as the regular soup and salad of the day options. Mains come in the form of lots of claypot dishes like the shrimp acorda (a tasty sort of bread soup with seafood), piri piri chicken (of course), Bacalhau fish cakes with tomato and red bean rice and dobrada fish with chorizo and chickpeas. The set lunch is $108 for an appetiser and main with unlimited house iced tea. They are serving a tea menu for tired afternoon shoppers to rest their feet over cakes and small bites, and a la carte as well. Some signature dishes include a baked duck rice with chorizo, as well as an octopus rice, and a host of other fish options.
The dessert: Take-away Portuguese egg tarts are served up from a counter at the front. These baked lava-like ripples over an undercurrent of creamy custard and flaky filo pastry are heavenly in a pleated paper wrapper and reason enough to drop by.
The verdict: If you’re craving Portuguese, this is an easy place to pop in and get your fix.
Website / Tel: 3188 3668
Hours: Everyday, 11:30am - 11pm