Papa de La cooks up Portuguese style

The old Swiss Ranch building has been renovated and converted to suit the Portuguese style of restaurants.

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A strange name for a restaurant, or maybe not. The name Papa de La strikes one as a name that needs to be investigated. Where is this restaurant? What type of food do they serve?
I was delighted to hear that this is a Portuguese restaurant. Portuguese has always been a favourite of mine. The smells of garlic and olive oil is enough to make anyone hungry.
The old Swiss Ranch building has been renovated and converted to suit the Portuguese style of restaurants. Gone is the old dance floor. This made way for several tables. The atmosphere was cosy and there was excitement in the air.
The restaurant filled quickly to capacity and each patron received a complimentary Caipirinha (drink).
We ordered the Portuguese Kale Soup and Chicken Giblets. The Kale soup was thick and chunky and had a distinct smoky flavour from the Chorizo pieces. The taste was inviting and did not disappoint. The red kidney beans and green kale added colour to the broth.
The giblets were served with chips and a Portuguese roll. The giblets were well prepared and were very tasty. Giblets might sound as if it should not be eaten but it is a firm Portuguese favourite. The giblets were prepared with a mild peri-peri sauce that had only a slight bite in it. The chips were excellent with a slight crispiness to them. The bread roll was fresh and had two servings of butter.
Our guests ordered bean soup. I think that this would most probably be the find of the evening. The smell was to die for. The bean soup is described as: smoked pork shank, ham hocks and kidney beans. We all tasted and agreed that it is an excellent dish. The smokey smell and hints of garlic made my mouth water and the taste was great. This will certainly be on my list to start with when I visit Papa de La again.
My wife and I had steak for the main meal while my guests opted for pasta and steak.
The steaks were very well prepared and the way we wanted, medium rare. It was not tough, but tender and tasty. The sauce covered the steak but was not overwhelming. We all had 300g steaks that we finished completely. Again, served with chips but there is a choice of other side dishes.
The pasta that was served lacked a bit of colour, but the taste made up for it. Again, there were hints of garlic that made the dish delicious.
One of the patrons had a “Surf and Turf” and couldn’t stop talking about the prawns. He reckons that that will be his favourite.
We didn’t order any dessert but browsed through the menu and saw an old favourite:Custard tart.
The evening was not without its hiccups though. The computer system crashed very early in the evening that compounded any teething problems that arose. The software technician was called from Johannesburg to fix the problem, but it took a while for him to get there.
The teething problems will not deter us from visiting the restaurant again. I’m sure that this will become a hot favourite in the GMM area and I can’t wait to visit them again. I will dwell around the bean soup for a starter and maybe the chicken dishes or even the prawns. All the dishes are affordably priced.
Thank you to all at Papa de La for the effort. I can’t wait to visit the restaurant again. – Encee van Huyssteen

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