(2012-04-13) Sagres has been a landmark on the Marginal forever, and is a favourite haunt of mine. Why is it so? Because the food is consistently good, the service is not bad, one of the owners is there every night to keep an eye on the food and service, and the location is one of the best in Maputo.
Apart from being on the beach, it is a short walk from the Southern Sun Hotel, and so an easy stroll for a business supper if you are staying there.
A great way to start a meal is to order an assortment of different starters for the table to share, rissois, chicken livers, samoosas, garlic prawns and clams with the to die for cheese and garlic bread. The best value salads in Maputo are on offer and my favourite, the Tuna Salad at 280Mt, cannot be bettered, especially as it is big enough for 2 people.
Mains to choose from are half a Chicken at 210Mt, (no, not a typing error) combos of Chicken, Prawns, Fish and Calamari all at 470Mt, Portuguese Steak at 490Mt and Espetadas at 320Mt. All the desserts, samoosas and rissois are homemade at the restaurant, and also the chips. You must try the “English Fish & Chip Shop Special” which is a plate fresh chips with a bowl of curry sauce to dip the chips in. Divine!
For beer drinkers a tower of fresh chilled draft beer is good for a table to share. The wine list is not too bad, with a good selection of South African and Portuguese wines. For first timers in Maputo, a must have drink is the Maputo Flatliner, a drink invented by Romeo, one of the owners of Sagres. Consisting of a shot of Anisette, Sambuca and a pinch of Peri Peri, it should be downed in one, and suffer the consequences later!
The interior decoration could do with a bit of a face lift, but I’ve been going to Sagres for years, and while the menu and the decor has not altered, occasionally it is good that some things never change.
By Cuisine Queen Quisine Queen is a qualified food critic. S/he works incognito and pays his/her own bill. Quisine Queens culinary appreciation is her own, and does not necessarily reflect the tastes of Club of Mozambique.