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Don't be taken in by its cutesie name or gallic gastronomic origins: this "Little Frenchie" is a culinary tower-of-power and more than deserving of its legendary status in Portuguese dining culture.

A far-cry from the dainty Croque Madame, the Francesinha is a meat-filled lunch monster from the diaspora. Layers of pork, smoked sausage, bacon and medium-rare slices of beefsteak are encased in doorstep bread, topped with an egg and laced with a rich, cheesey sauce. Heated through to maximise the melt-factor, it's then smothered with a delectably rich and tangy sauce (word has it that it's infused with alcohol and a touch of chilli) and served with a bountiful side of Fries.

Healthy eating, this is not. Nor is it particularly refined. But neither really matter, if we're honest. The Francesnha + Fries combo is unique ("big-eating" with a strong wink to proper Portuguese tradition) and its a dream dish for hungry meat-eaters. For that, it's more than deserving of a feature on Wriggle - and of a place on your Cardiff foodie bucket-list.

About Nata & Co (Castle Street)

Nata & Co bring the Portuguese spirit to Cardiff with their trio of bakeries on Castle Street, Bute Street (Cardiff Bay) and Clifton Street (Adamsdown). If Portuguese baking is known for one thing it’s the pastel de nata and unsurprisingly, Nata & Co’s is an absolute bobby dazzler. Crisp layers of golden pastry contain a wobbly sweet custard filling with a lightly charred top. It’s a thing of beauty and made even more so washed down with a cup of strong Portuguese coffee. But, there’s more to Nata than their natas. Salt cod fritters, custard donuts, chorizo flecked bread and laden toasted sandwiches are just some of the other items which make a visit worthwhile any time of day, be it for breakfast, lunch, afternoon snack or post-afternoon snack snack.

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