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Like the England football team, my knowledge of Portuguese is limited. If pushed, I’d guess it revolved around salt cod, chicken and would maybe have tried to pass off my single visit to the Lisboa Patisserie as proof of being down with the Portuguese kids.

For a more thorough and pleasant education on Portuguese cuisine, pop along to Tugga. It’s the brainchild of four alarmingly good looking Portuguese chaps who felt there was a gap in the market for this style of cuisine.

Upstairs, is the funky restaurant space. Downstairs is the funky bar space. Both are pretty darn good at what they do, although the Tugga Martini – with added port – is lethal and not to everyone’s taste.

The evening started with good Petiscos, sort of Portuguese tapas of bread and olives, cured ham from Bizaro and Serra cheese. Seared tuna with a sea salt and black pepper crust, with a balsamic and soy vinaigrette, successfully married Portuguese and world cuisines, as did oven baked sea bream with an onion, tomato and thyme marinade. An excellent chick pea soup with salt dried cod was cream-free, but deeply flavoured and smooth.

Tugga seems to have already slotted itself in to the celebrity circuit which will no doubt secure it a loyal audience amongst Heat buyers (I’m loathe to call them readers as I get the feeling they only look at the pictures). Still, on this evidence, there’s more than enough to recommend it to foodies as well.