Such a shame that 'happyeatermostly' had a bad experience here in September. We've been eating at O Picado for many years and we always look forward to either visiting or take-away. We are also in the catering industry, a local cafe for 20 years and unfortunately its just not possible to get everything right all the time because we're not perfect. My Brother has visited O Picado twice and not been bowled over with it, but we are. October 8th was my wife's birthday so we collected and took it home and as our experiences of this restaurant have taught us the food was exceptional. I mean really really good in every respect; it was very hot, fresh and huge portions we couldn't finish (this is usual for them) and so tasty. Recently I've been getting the Madeira fish stew, it looks and tastes fantastic, rich and hearty and big chunks of fish in it. My wife loves the chicken espetada (so do I, its also delicious), so tasty and juicy and so much of it! Also the maize is lovely, we have that every time. My Son had the beef picado and loved it, hes had that several times. No cafe or restaurant will get everything right, every time and I'm not going to say O Picado is the 'best in Southend' because I haven't been to every restaurant in Southend. But this will continue to be our first choice, great food, great portions, great value for money, Oh and its very quaint inside! well done.
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