We visit Birmingham's best Portuguese restaurant, and we quickly learned why it's a local favourite

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Vas Restaurant has been on many people's minds as one of the best places to eat in Smethwick, but...why?

When looking for a "hidden gem" that offers real Portuguese food, Vaz Restaurant, located at 130 Sandon Road in Smethwick, comes highly recommended from Brummies, especially with Portugal being in the Euros 2024.

This restaurant offers a welcoming embrace of flavours and friendliness, bringing a little piece of Portugal to Birmingham.

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Vaz Restaurant’s journey from a cozy café to Birmingham’s best Portuguese dining destination because of the unwavering support of its customers has transformed it into a cherished locale, where the spirit of Portugal is served up with every dish.

The interior design at Vaz Restaurant  is simple yet tasteful, with nods to Portugal throughout the dining spaceThe interior design at Vaz Restaurant  is simple yet tasteful, with nods to Portugal throughout the dining space
The interior design at Vaz Restaurant is simple yet tasteful, with nods to Portugal throughout the dining space | Birmingham World

The decor is a tasteful blend of traditional and modern, with Portuguese and Cape Verdean elements subtly woven throughout, and flags up for the Euro games.

But, the heart of Vaz lies in its menu, a tribute to traditional Portuguese and Cape Verdean fare. Each recipe is a celebration of fresh, premium ingredients, shipped from Portugal, resulting in dishes that are as flavorful as they are satisfying.

Vaz restaurant serves superbly flavorful dishes that mirror the experience of dining in PortugalVaz restaurant serves superbly flavorful dishes that mirror the experience of dining in Portugal
Vaz restaurant serves superbly flavorful dishes that mirror the experience of dining in Portugal | Birmingham World

The ambiance at Vaz is as inviting as its menu. The staff’s warmth and attentiveness ensure that every guest feels like part of the family from the moment they arrive. It’s this combination of exceptional service and genuine Portuguese ambiance that has earned Vaz a coveted 5-star rating on Tripadvisor.

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The Desserts at Vaz are a journey into Portugal’s sweet traditions.

We tried the restaurant’s special Portuguese desserts - The Serradura and Pastel de Nata.We tried the restaurant’s special Portuguese desserts - The Serradura and Pastel de Nata.
We tried the restaurant’s special Portuguese desserts - The Serradura and Pastel de Nata. | Birmingham World

So, Birmingham World decided to try two of the restaurant’s best-selling desserts, the Serradura, a beloved treat in Portugal, a layered marvel of whipped cream and crushed biscuits. And then I was pleasantly surprised with the Pastel de Nata, the iconic Portuguese custard tart. This custard tart, with their flaky pastry and rich custard filling, was delicious with each bite.

As I left Vaz, I couldn’t help but feel a sense of community - it’s an experience that encompasses the comfort of the setting, the joy of the service, and the bond of the community. A place where the essence of Portugal is palpable, right in the heart of Birmingham.

Vaz may be a hidden gem, but its reputation for superb cuisine and exceptional service is well-known among those who’ve discovered it.

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As the restaurant owner Vaz himself says, “Our restaurant is more than just a business; it’s a home for all who seek the flavours and warmth of Portugal.”

Vaz Restaurant, located at 130 Sandon Road in Smethwick, comes highly recommended from BrummiesVaz Restaurant, located at 130 Sandon Road in Smethwick, comes highly recommended from Brummies
Vaz Restaurant, located at 130 Sandon Road in Smethwick, comes highly recommended from Brummies | Birmingham world

For an authentic taste of Portugal, Vaz welcomes diners from Wednesday to Sunday, with extended hours on Fridays and Saturdays to satisfy those late-night cravings.

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