This is a fish? Is it Choco? Yes, this is Peixoco, the new restaurant in Setúbal – Chefs e Restaurantes

There are spring days that take a backseat to the season and offer us sky, sea and temperatures that if we couldn’t pinpoint the calendar month, in this case May, we would say we had a great summer. This is how we can determine the day of our visit to Peishoko. Setúbal is ready to offer us the very best: Sado stretches on flat waters under a perfect sky of clouds, the breeze blows from the ocean, you can hear the ever-present cry of seagulls swaying in flight over the sea. Crossing the esplanade (with a wink at the window with fish and seafood) opens the restaurant’s interior hall with large windows to the outside, inviting you to relax in rhythm playlist that Constance and André rekindle their relationship from time to time. The melody is relaxed, summery, blending with the surroundings with hints of fishing, light wood, rustic walls and furniture that beckons to sit down.

Because the son of a fish can swim in Setúbal, Peishoko was born.

Cuttlefish croquettes, smoked mayonnaise and paprika.

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Cuttlefish croquettes, smoked mayonnaise and paprika.

Today, a trip to the Peixoco menu is made with the right of field, or rather, marine advisers. Constance Bauer, French, 31, and Andre Lucas, Portuguese, 27, share not only a family life, but also a business that was born from an idea for two, a restaurant that opened in 2022 in the city of Sadina.

Because the son of a fish can swim in Setúbal, Peishoko was born.

Grilled cuttlefish at Peixoco.

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Grilled cuttlefish at Peixoco.

André gives us proof of the couple’s chemistry. Some of the text messages they exchanged in the recent past reveal an inspirational moment that served as sponsorship for the restaurant. Something like this: “How about we call the restaurant Peixe Louco?”. “I do not think so”. “Um, we have fish and cuttlefish, what if it stays Peixoco?” Bingo, a new resident, was born in front of a fishing pier in Setúbal. However, André and Constance were parents. The couple began writing a new chapter in history in 2016, when they first met. Constance, the daughter of a Portuguese mother, came to our country seven years ago to learn Portuguese. Constance had previously taken a course in journalism and began to specialize in geopolitics, but she did not like it. He also worked in restaurants in Paris to find a passion for cooking. André, an economist by training, was born in Montemor-o-Velho, Coimbra district, and has a passion for wine. At Peixoco, he is the one who directs the selection of wine cellars with a selection that does not forget the references to the Setúbal peninsula, a generous land when it comes to good nectars.

Because the son of a fish can swim in Setúbal, Peishoko was born.

Cuttlefish rice with ink.

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Cuttlefish rice with ink.

Let’s jump back four years to fast forward to 2018, the first stage of Constance and André’s dream of opening their own restaurant. Watched in Lisbon, but the prices were unbearable. They told them about Setúbal, and their romance began with a city near the Serra da Arrábida. A path that was not only made of roses, but also of stones. One of them, which has been imposed on us in the last two years, is a pandemic. André and Constance took advantage of this suspension of their daily lives to perfect their meals, learn cooking, and work in restaurants.

Arriving here, with the door open just over a hundred meters from the auction in Setúbal – along with those in Sines and Sesimbra, they serve as suppliers – that’s what’s important to add to the menu. Let’s take a reconnaissance flight through the menu with savory appetizers: Sado oysters, cuttlefish croquettes (recommended), horse mackerel toast (a noble fish that is so often forgotten), grilled shrimp, mussels with chorizo ​​butter (with green onions and shallots ). ) refreshing), Berbigão à Bulhão Pato, grilled lettuce with trout roe (the vegetable’s crispiness contrasts with the softness of the caviar), Pica-pau da vaca are some of the suggestions for slicing. In terms of hardiness dishes, cuttlefish rice with ink (delicate and with a suggestive taste of the sea), fish rice (the taste of pepper suits him very well) and fish sausage (needs to be reinvented), Choco Frito à Peixoco, Bife da Vazia, not to be missed a list of side dishes, from french fries, grilled potatoes and grilled vegetables.

As for desserts, you won’t find Doce da Casa, but you won’t miss it. Try Nani bread pudding or yogurt, orange and marshmallows.

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Average. José Mourinho, No. 28, Setubal.

Schedule: From Wednesday to Saturday from 12:00 to 15:00 and from 19:00 to 22:30. Sunday, from 12:00 to 15:00. Closed Monday and Tuesday.

Contacts: tel. 265 105 268; email geral@peixoco.com

A table that also winks at the two protagonists in the restoration of the present, seasonality and reuse, the latter, for example, in cuttlefish croquettes that use scraps of a saying and its ink), or in the investments that André and Constance are planning to make. doing so in the near future with the acquisition of a car with an oil filter. Vegetable oil is unbearably expensive, they admit.

It should be noted that this Peixoco does not want to compete with the Setuban tradition of taking care of fish and seafood at the table, but rather offers us an alternative with a marine flavor and, let’s face it, with some sophistication that traditional menus lack.

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