Has anyone been here recently? (It is the Portuguese
place far west on Spring.) A friend and I are supposed
to try it later this week, and I just wanted to make
sure that it hasn't taken a dive since it was written
up in the Voice and elsewhere.
I'll respond to myself, since I went there last
Thursday. We actually ended up more or less following
Robert's old voice review, though that wasn't the
intent. We had the flamed linguica, which was simple
but a good quality sausage; pork with clams, which was
very tasty, a gravy (with bits of fried potato soaking
it up) full of pepper, clam and meat flavors, but the
pork itself was rather tough; best of all was the
gambas con acorda, which was grilled shrimp on top of a
lemony fishy bread mush, sort of the texture of a soggy
stuffing, that I would happily eat on a weekly+ basis
for the rest of my life.
The place is exceptionally pleasant and relaxing,
though I could see it getting a bit tight on a crowded
weekend evening. The bill with an ok vinho verde would
have been about $60, but we upped it considerably with
some port, of which they have a good selection.
Around the corner on Greenwich Street just south of
Spring there is a Basque restaurant, but I forgot the
name. Has anyone been there? The menu looked
authentic and reasonable (mains in the $10-15 range).