Traditional Angolan Portuguese Charcoal Chicken

Frango Bella VistaThe very first Frango store was opened by the Fernandes family in 1992, in Petersham – the heart of Sydney’s Portuguese community. After 16 successful years they opened their first Western Sydney store in Bella Vista, in November 2008. And it has fast become just as popular as ‘the original’.

With a pride and passion for food, the Fernandes family explain, ‘Our recipes have been passed down through generations. Blending the spices of our ancestors in Angola with the traditional charcoal techniques from Portugal.’

All stores offer a separate dine-in and take-away menu. However it’s the demand for their take-away meals that generates the never ending queue out the door. Especially during lunch and dinner times.

Frango means…

‘Frango’ literally means ‘chicken’ in Portuguese. Whether butterflied and roasted over hot coals, or filleted and cooked on the grill for their popular Original Frango burger, it’s all about the chicken.

Frangos Portuguese Chicken

Their unique blend of spices and charcoal cooking method creates a special flavour. The sticky, salty, succulent chicken is best eaten with your fingers – so you can lick them later!

The Popular Burgers

The Original Frango Burger is somewhat legendary and comes on a soft white sesame-seed bun with either one or two breast fillets, lettuce, tomato and cheese. The hero of the burger however is their home-made Piri Piri chilli sauce. A unique lemon and garlic tang, with heat that is tamed when mixed with mayo. The sauce is a family secret and also works as a great dip for your fries.

The Original Frango Burger

The Barbecue Pork Belly with side and a drink for $15.50 is big enough for two. It has plenty of crunchy crackling combined with a good smoky flavour, whilst remaining moist and tender. If you’re ordering for one but can’t finish it all, you can always use the left over pork in a home cooked stir-fry or risotto.

Frangos BBQ Pork Belly

All meals are served with either rice or shoe string fries, with an option to upgrade to one of their freshly made seasonal gourmet salads for only $1 extra.

If you manage to still have room, or a separate stomach, desserts are also available. These sweet delights include Crème Caramel, Portuguese Tarts, Crème Brule and a range of Gelato flavours.

Dine In

Their dine-in menu is considerably more gourmet, with pricing to match. Menu items include Espetada skewered marinated meats, Chicken with Clams, Veal in mushroom cream sauce and Pork marinated in white wine and garlic.

Their north western location is a little unusual, on the ground floor in the Bella Vista Business Hub, it can be especially challenging to find parking on weekdays. However this is an incredibly popular spot for local business people, families, and students, with regular queues for takeaway. The value for money can’t be disputed, and the best news is that you can eat your take-away at the casual tables provided – that is if you can find a spare seat.

On-going Demand

In the many years since opening, the Frango franchise has gone from strength to strength, with no sign of its approval rating diminishing any time soon. With the ongoing demand for their unique blend of quality take-away chicken meals, the company opened a third store in Smithfield in January 2015.

For great value take-away that will keep you queuing up for more, it’s worth a visit to your local Frango store.

Shop 5 29-31 Lexington Drive
P: 9672 6474
Open: Mon-Sat, 10am-9pm

98 New Canterbury Road,
Petersham, NSW
P: 9560 2369
Open: Mon-Sun, 10am-9pm

680 The Horsley Drive
Smithfield, NSW
P: 9756 50
Open: Mon-Sun, 10am-9pm