First taste of Lincoln’s newest piri-piri grill takeaway

Piri-piri chicken dishes, homemade gourmet burgers, ribs and a range of vegetarian options are on the menu at one of Lincoln’s newest takeaways.

The Portuguese, American and English-inspired Serafina Grill was due to open on Lincoln’s lower High Street earlier in March and is now fully operational. It has created new jobs and a takeaway service.

The coronavirus crisis saw the opening delayed, but 60-year-old owner Rashal Hassan decided to open on March 27 and try a delivery-only takeaway service for the time being.

Texan BBQ Burger with wedges. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The grilled halloumi salad is proving very popular. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Most of the food on the menu is homemade and there are a lot of meat options, including piri-piri chicken, honey glazed ribs, kebabs and spicy grilled lamb chops.

It is the vegetarian alternatives that are currently proving among the most popular though. They include a grilled halloumi salad and three different types of burger (bean, vegetable and quorn). There are also future plans to serve breakfasts and also open from lunch until midnight.

Half rack of honey glazed BBQ ribs and wedges. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Half piri piri chicken with chips. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

The Lincolnite photographer Steve Smailes took a selection of the food for a taste test, saying the ribs were a big hit for him and the sauce was delicious.

Currently orders can be placed on the takeaway’s website or through Just East and payment must be made online. Deliveries are contactless for the time being, with food left at the customer’s door.

Serfina Grill is located on the lower High Street in Lincoln. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Serafina Grill. Photo: Steve Smailes for The Lincolnite

Lincoln is very close to Rashal’s heart as he has lived in the city for around 40 years. He previously owned Touch restaurant on Clasketgate between 2003 and 2010 and has worked in the catering industry for 30 years.

He told The Lincolnite that the delivery option has so far been “fantastic” and “better than expected”. He added that he is looking forward to welcoming customers inside once he is able to open fully.

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