A flair for peri-peri prawns

2008-01-02 00:00

It’s a balmy evening. Right at the far end of the Avenida de Marginal — Maputo’s Sunset Boulevard — Emmanuel Petrakakis’s famous art-deco-styled restaurant, the Costa do Sol, is crowded with Joburgers, Japanese, Chinese and expats from Portugal. It’s no cliché: the place is humming.

Petrakakis takes pride in the fact that his family stayed in Maputo through thick and thin. His father, Gerry, arrived from Crete in 1938. “There was a depression in Europe,” says Petrakakis. “Many people came down to Africa.”

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