About Senhor Calisto’s

Why Portuguese Flavour?

At the heart of Portuguese cuisine, is the use of quality ingredients prepared simply to preserve their distinctive flavours. Rich Mediterranean influences and the wide variety of available ingredients has given the Portuguese the best flavours and textures to work with.

Portuguese food is renowned for being lusty and robust. The use of seasoned meats, strong olive oil, garlic and peri peri, contributes to the image of strongly flavoured, simple cooking. This is food is designed to satisfy the appetite and reinforce the bonds of home and family.

Herbs and spices common in Portuguese cooking include: parsley, chilli powder, peri peri, cumin, rosemary, mint, oregano, bay leaf, saffron, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, cloves, pepper, curry powder, nutmeg, paprika, and of course, garlic.

The Discovery of Peri Peri

Peri Peri or “pepper pepper” derived from the African Birds Eye Chilli, is well known for its peppery flavour.

Most often, Peri Peri is used in marinades or sauces (or for the macho birds straight up).

Also Peri Peri’s most popular culinary partner is chicken….

So we experimented, added our own spices, bay leaves, paprika, basil, oregano, and tarragon.  After a lot of testing, we developed a recipe that we knew was the best !

We developed our own secret Peri Peri sauces ranging from lemon and herb to extra hot. This partnered with our love for Portuguese flavour and family, led to our greatest discovery….

So we decided to wing it…

We just couldn’t keep this secret to ourselves! We started a brand that encapsulated our beliefs and love for Portuguese food.

Our meals are freshly prepared in the traditional Portuguese way using only the freshest, finest ingredients available.

We specialize in flavourful Portuguese food, delicious grilled chicken, Prego’s, mouth-watering burgers and family meals, all prepared with the Senhor Calisto’s touch.

We launched our first store in 2012 and we knew that we had cracked it!

We continued to open 25 outlets throughout the country, all defined by our commitment to serving high-quality, great-tasting, affordable food using premium ingredients partnered with friendly service and a casual environment.

What we’re all about

We’re made a couple of promises to ourselves and to our valued customers…

We strive to be the best, fast dining restaurant, serving high quality Portuguese flavoured food at affordable prices.

We seek to promote a product that is Portuguese in flavour, great tasting, affordable and healthy, while being true to who we are. We strive to grow our business with honesty and integrity, using the freshest and finest ingredients while supporting sustainability.

We create and add value with affordability while being health conscious.

To seek healthier options at affordable pricing. It’s not about fast and unhealthy meals, it’s about feeding your family a healthy “grilled” meal, with Portuguese flavour and without the wait!

We are all about value competition instead of price competition.

We don’t fight price wars, but rather add value to our customers. We want to be that brand that customers choose, not because of price, but because of added value.