For fans of fresh, high-quality bakery goods and home-style traditional dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, discover Natas Pastries, Café, and Restaurant.
Located on Ventura Boulevard in Sherman Oaks (next to Casa Vega), Natas offers all this plus beer and wine, catering and delivery, and features a room available for parties.
Chef/owner Fatima Marques, a Portuguese native and longtime Valley resident, took no shortcuts in preparing the recipes for the pastries and divine desserts that fill her gorgeous cases.
She meticulously and authentically reproduced the sweets she grew up loving. She even went so far as to retrofit an oven to heat it to the necessary 750 degrees, obtained special pans, and imported the exact ingredients.
The meals at Natas are also prepared with the same loving detail. For lunch you might want to try the Caldo Verde, a classic kale soup, or the Delicias do Mar, a delicious seafood salad with baby shrimp, or the Prosciutto sandwich drizzled with Portuguese unfiltered olive oil, tomatoes, and fresh basil.
At dinner check the ChouriÇo sausage, flambéed at the table on a traditional pig-shaped ceramic brazier and finish with the Bacalhau, Portugal’s ubiquitous salt cod served here in the most traditional versions.
And then there’s dessert with extensive choices to choose from, but whatever you decide, it will be worth every single bite.
Natas is known for the great variety of Petiscos, Portuguese style tapas, presented in the form of homemade and amazing dishes that combine the Portuguese traditional meals or snacks with the novelty and imagination of Chef Marques.
Visit Natas Café and Restaurant at 13317 Ventura Blvd. in Sherman Oaks or go to nataspastries.com. Call (818) 788-8050 for store hours and, as always, tell them you saw it in The Tolucan!