San Jose’s Adega opens a brand new informal Portuguese restaurant

The team behind San Jose’s critically acclaimed Adega restaurant is doubling in downtown San Jose.

Owners Carlos and Fernanda Carreira have announced plans to open a new casual Portuguese restaurant, Petiscos, in the SoFA district.

“Given the current state of the restaurant industry, it is an uncertain and unclear time to open another project, but we are confident and optimistic about the future of downtown San Jose,” Carlos said late Friday.

Petiscos – the name means small plates, the Portuguese equivalent of Spanish tapas – will open with al fresco dining and meals this fall, possibly as early as October, until the county’s coronavirus rules allow indoor dining. The restaurant takes over the former Tac-OH area on South First Street.

An extensive seafood menu is in the works. The chefs are already planning the production of Amêijoas à bulhão pato (steamed mussels in broth), Camarão Alhinho (prawns in garlic butter sauce), Pica Pau (beef sautéed with pickled garlic sauce), Salada de Polvo (squid salad), Caracóis (small snails in a spicy broth ) and Peixinhos da Horta (green tempura beans).

Less than a year ago, the family opened their first downtown business, a bakery-cafe on Santa Clara Street. Pastelaria Adega sells Pastéis de Nata puddings and other Portuguese sweets and snacks.

The flagship Adega in the Little Portugal district opened in 2015 with chefs David Costa and Jessica Carreira at the helm. In 2016 it became the first restaurant in town and the first Portuguese restaurant on the west coast to be awarded a Michelin star.

Adega currently offers takeaway meals with pick-up times between 12pm and 5pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Popular Portuguese dishes like arroz de pato (rice with duck), bacalhau à brás (salted cod with eggs and potatoes), polvo assado (roasted squid), and bife com ovo (steak and egg) top the list.

Details: The new restaurant is located at 399 S. First St. Adega at 1614 Alum Rock Ave. and Pastelaria Adega at 30 E. Santa Clara St. www.adegarest.com

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