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Wan Chai: Nino's Cozinha
Robin Lynam
update on Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nino's Cozinha started out as a family-style Portuguese restaurant in Ship Street, but has expanded into 5,500 sq ft spread over two floors of a nearby commercial building. The new Nino's has a bar, restaurant and pastelaria on the 5th floor, and three private rooms on the 6th called the Lisbon Room, the Semi-Private Atrium, and Tudy's Wine Cellar, in which chef and proprietor Christopher Leo Ozorio's wine collection is stored.

The decor is old traditional Portuguese, featuring dark wood and colourful ceramic tiles. The restaurant can seat about 50, but at weekends, when Nino's dining room is particularly busy, tables upstairs handle the overflow. Alfresco dining, popular with smokers, is an option on two outdoor terraces, one of which has a barbecue. Those areas can also be booked for private functions. Ozorio's policy is that Nino's should have some Macanese influence, but otherwise be authentically Portuguese. The wine list is all Portuguese - beers and soft drinks from the country are also available - and the food can best be described as Portuguese-style home cooking with specialities such as baked duck rice, spicy chicken, prawns with peppercorns, and the signature dessert dish, serradura.

Dinner for two without wine costs about HK$600, but most diners will order a bottle. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner, and Alberto's Bar stays open until late serving drinks and petiscos (snacks). The original restaurant in Ship Street is now called Tudy's Tasca Portugesa and also serves a petiscos menu. 

Address 5/F and 6/F, QRE Plaza, 202 Queen’s Road East, Wan Chai
Reservations 2866 1868
Website www.ninosgroup.com.hk

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