It was my father’s birthday and my siblings and I decided we take him out for dinner at the Northern Liberties Portuguese restaurant, Koo Zee Doo. We’ve heard great things and were even supposed to come here for a Father’s Day brunch in the past but something came up.
salada de marisco
I always walk by and it seems like a pretty small space. The dining area was much larger than I thought as it extends into the far back. The space is comfortably lit and not too bright. There’s also bar seating so you can watch the chefs/cooks at work. I’d like to sit there next time I’m in.
We were started off with some bread, butter, and these “edamame”-like beans. The bread had a good crusty exterior and a soft interior.
The three appetizers we started off with were the Moelas (braised chicken gizzards), Alheira (smoked sausage, sauteed greens, fried egg), and Salada de Marisco (spicy seafood salad, hearts of palm, orange, watercress). All of these dishes were quite good. Some of the family liked the salad the best, but I personally loved the gizzards more.
bife à portuguesa
Our main course consisted of the Lulas Estufadas (fried & braised squid, tomatoes, cumin, mashed potatoes–pictured at top), Bife à Portuguesa (picanha steak, presunto, fried egg, fried potatoes), and Cataplana de Marisco (seafood stew). Everything served was delicious, though my favorite was the Lulas Estufadas. The mix of fried & braised squid gave a really great mix of textures and add to that the tomatoes and potatoes…fantastic. The steak dish was great too. The fried potatoes really shined on this one. They were sliced about 1/4″ thick, but were perfectly crispy on the outside with a soft inside. I would totally ask for a side order of these if not ordering the dish. So good.
tarte de côco
We were leaning towards no dessert but we took a look and couldn’t refuse. We ordered the Tarte de Côco (coconut tart with chocolate whipped cream) and Maçã no Forno (baked custard, caramel apple, almonds). Both great desserts. I couldn’t really choose a favorite one here.
The dinner was a great experience. Just wish I brought some wine since it’s a BYOB. If you haven’t been out here yet, you should definitely check it out. They also offer a Chef’s Tasting Menu for $50/person which I’d like to come back for.
A few more photos from dinner:
cataplana de marisco
Koo Zee Doo
maçã no forno
614 N. 2nd St.
Philadelphia, PA 19123
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