The Oporto Secret! Did you think we would give it away?

Erica & Lawrence Pereira – 

What exactly is Oporto’s recipe for success?For Web-The Oporto Secret-Lawrence and Erica Pereira

Simple. It is all about the taste – and that unique, irresistible Oporto flavour comes from the following:

Our real, authentic-style fresh-grilled chicken

Our secret marinades, used prior to cooking our chicken.

Our legendary, irresistible Chilli, Lemon & Herb, Prego, Chillata or Garlic sauces which are available for our customers to apply to our chicken after cooking.

Oh, come on – you didn’t really expect us to reveal those secret recipes, did you?!

Incredible Taste

No one does chicken like Oporto. It is the flavour… … The Taste of Oporto.

The Bondi Burger Oporto’s original Classic – fresh grilled chicken breast fillets, lettuce, cheese, mayo and our legendary Chilli Sauce.

The distinctive Oporto fresh-grilled flavour starts with our secret marinade.

All Oporto chicken are cooked in Portuguese-style…laid flat, then flame-seared on the chargrill to keep the fat out and the flavour in.

The chicken portions are then supplied with the special recipes, secret sauces, and traditional Portuguese cooking methods.

The Founder

Oporto’s Founder Antonio Cerqueira brought much more to Australia than just his accent, but he was not about to reveal the secrets of his unique, traditional chilli sauce to a soul!

Instead, he opened his first Portuguese-style chicken restaurant on Sydney’s famous Bondi Beach in 1986, stunning the locals’ taste-buds and quickly gaining an ever-growing army of fans.

The First Splash

That first splash of Antonio’s now legendary, almost addictive sauce has grown into a wave of great taste that now satisfies over 13 million people a year.

Antonio’s strict insistence on the highest standards of freshness and quality, his secret sauces and the genuinely relaxed, friendly atmosphere to make Oporto’s fresh-not-frozen, grilled-not-fried chicken deliciously… irresistible!

Recipe for Success

Since our first franchised store in Sydney was opened in 1996, Franchising has been a key element in Oporto’s success.

Oporto New Zealand’s first franchise store opened in 2002.

Aware that our future depends on the dedication, creativity and cooperation of Franchise owners, Oporto’s Management Team gives the Franchise programme its highest priority.

Testifying to our enthusiastic support and encouragement of those with high aspirations for success is the fact that many Oporto Franchisees own more.

Opening Opportunities

For Web-The Oporto Secret- Shalini SinghBeing part of the Oporto family has been a great experience.

At Oporto New Zealand, we are always on the lookout for motivated people to join our existing franchisee team and share our growing success within the dynamic fast food industry.

Oporto was introduced in New Zealand in 2001, with its first store opening in Auckland.

Since then, Oporto has had a tremendous growth and it is a strong player within the quick service restaurant (QSR) market.

Our growth is set to continue, having established our brand in our customer market segment. We are constantly reviewing new site opportunities and can offer a number of exciting store opportunities including foods courts, street fronts and drive thru locations throughout the North Island and South Island in New Zealand.

Oporto’s international growth has been very strong, especially in Australia where the group has opened 15 new stores each year.

This has been featured in the BRW Fast Franchise (Australian) editions for the past six years running. Oporto International success has been its undeterred commitment to its core value of high quality, great tasting, authentic fresh-grilled chicken and burgers for our growing customer segment.

We welcome your interest in joining the Oporto New Zealand family and look forward to exploring this exciting opportunity with you in greater detail.

Erica & Lawrence Pereira are Directors of Oporto Franchising New Zealand Limited. For more details and exciting opportunities, please contact them. Email:;;


Pride of Flagship Franchise

Shalini Singh is proud of being the franchisee-owner of Oporto New Zealand’s flagship shop in Sylvia Park, Auckland.

For someone coming from a banking and financial services background, getting into a fantastic franchise like Oporto was the best business decision that she made more than five years ago.

Equipped with amazing systems, structure and support from head office, Shalini has been able to grow Oporto Sylvia Park from strength to strength.

The increased sales and transaction count, together with the positive and vibrant atmosphere at Oporto Sylvia Park are a testimony to this achievement.

This shop is impossible to miss in the food court of the Sylvia park mall with its strategic location and youthful look.

Owning this fantastic business has given Shalini the flexibility and opportunity to strike the right family-work balance whilst pursuing her MBA as well as having the time to be involved in her local Rotary club.

With this year poised towards record sales, Shalini and her team at Oporto Sylvia Park are ready for the crazy festive season that is just around the corner.

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