The heat is almost on at Piri Pica, a casual chicken restaurant from partners Khalid Mushasha (Lolinda, Black Cat) and chef Telmo Faria (Tacolicious, Uma Casa). After some construction delays, they’re opening their Portuguese style spot at 590 Valencia Street on September 4.
Literally “pepper sting,” Piri Pica is all about spicy grilled chicken with sides and salads. The whole menu, which is built for quick service dine-in, take-out, and delivery, is below.
Exactly how much their chicken will sting is up to diners: Faria has four recipe options, which are basic, classic piri piri, a “zesty” lemon and herbs version, and then extra spicy “pica! pica! pica!” His chicken is also available as a wrap (on a tortilla with rice, 3 bean chili, and cabbage slaw) or as a sandwich. To soothe scorched palates, Piri Pica will serve Portuguese beer and wine, too.
Both Mushasha (in London) and Faria (in the Azores region of Portugal) grew up fond of piri piri chicken, a well-travelled dish with roots in Africa. Faria serves a version at his full-service Portuguese restaurant Uma Casa, but with Piri Pica, he and Mushasha are going all in on the stuff.
When it opens, Piri Pica will serve lunch and dinner from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Stay tuned for more as the grand opening approaches.