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Aug 14, 2006 03:35 PM

Chiado - What to order?

I will be visiting Chiado for the first time this Friday, and I was hoping to get some recommendations on what they do best. I've heard the piri-piri shrimp are great, but are there any other standouts? Any help would be appreciated!

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  1. Fish, definitely! They do whole grilled fish excellently.

    1. Agree on the piri-piri shrimp!
      In general avoid the more 'traditional' Portuguese dishes and concentrate on the more 'nouvelle' styles - albeit using traditional ingredients.

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      1. re: estufarian

        Any particular reason why you would recommend staying away from traditional Portuguese fare?

        1. re: NovoCuisine

          I find the traditional courses are very 'heavy' - in contrast to the newer styles. Hearty food (maybe perfect in winter) rather than elegant. In fairness, this means I haven't ordered them for a few years now, so this could have changed. I theorize that the occasional disappointed review of Chiado relates to the menu choice (and sometimes a little chauvinism on the part of the servers, although the latter has not been at all in evidence on recent visits). And by all means order fish (simply prepared) - I still think Chiado has the best fish in town.
          And one item I always order now is the Prosciutto pata negra on the bar menu. Double the price of all other bar items, but a taste that's unavailable anywhere else in T.O. (or North America?) to my knowledge. And it goes perfectly with a glass of the Luis Pato Baga Sparkler (also a rarity in Toronto).

      2. Fish absolutely. I remember having an octopus appetizers that was very good. For a main, I'd suggest going for a daily special (of which there usually are several) not something on the menu. I got the impression that they keep the menu pretty basic and add specials to keep it fresh (literally).

        1. It depends which menu you're ordering from. If it's the bar menu, definitely the piri piri shrimp, and also the chourico selection. If you can spare the cash I would also try out their prosciutto. Marinated sardines, octopus salad, etc etc everything's well done.

          If ordering from the main menu, I would definitely order a whole fish. What they have depends on what got flown in from the A├žores (literally). I am a fan of the Dourada and Boca Negra.

          Sometimes it seems that you have to let them know ahead of time that you want to order from the bar menu...I'm not really sure what the requirements are.