Portuguese pleasures: U Piri Piri
Continuing my series on my favourite places to eat and drink in Swindon, this post features U Piri Piri on Havelock Street in the town centre. This little place has long been a favourite haunt of mine. When I’m in a rush it’s my favoured pit-stop for a proper Portuguese coffee and egg custard: they are sooo good and it’s worth going for those two things alone. See below for a picture of the divine egg custards and other cakes and another of my friend Maureen enjoying a coffee. I’ve tried a few of the other coffee-shops in town and have had plenty of decent, even good coffees, but I still think this place has the edge coffee-wise. So far, if I had to nominate the best coffee in the town-centre, it would definitely be here.
But there’s so much more to U Piri Piri than coffee and cake. Actually, you could say cake is the least of what they offer. I don’t think it’s unfair to say that there are other places that do cakes better – Cafe Strozzi , Cakes Heaven and THE 2WINS for example. No, as well as great coffee this place also does wonderful Portuguese tapas which are all delicious, reasonably priced and in generous portions. Ditto with the main dishes – the squid stew is one of my favourites. I’ve been through the menu many times now!
As their website says: ‘U Piri Piri offers an abundance of choice with a wide range of high quality, authentic Portuguese tapas dishes and wines. Every dish is freshly prepared by experienced chef’s with generations authentic recipes at their disposal. Boasting a laid back, friendly atmosphere, U piri piri delivers a little slice of Portugal in the heart of Swindon’. Well – I can vouch for that!
Additionally the Portuguese wine is well-priced and delicious so it’s a great place to indulge my worship of Bacchus. Salut! And the Sagres and Super Bock slide down a treat too. Okay, so the view from the window isn’t that of golden sands and the Atlantic ocean but at least the outside tables catch the afternoon and evening sun.
Today (16th June 2013) I’ve been in for lunch with friends for the occasion of Santo Antonio. We enjoyed Caldo Verde, Sardinha Assada and Entremeada Assada, washed down with Sagres and rounded off with coffee and cake. All of it, as ever,
We found out about the Santo Antonio event on their Facebook page. To keep abreast of what’s doing there, check it out because aside from special menu events they also have music events. I had absolutely the best night in a long time there when U Piri Piri hosted a Swindon Shuffle event that had the sublime Swindon Samba playing amongst other artistes.