Ail Y'ail y'ail or Ferreira
We are looking for great,fresh portuguese seafood while in Montreal?
Which of the two isted would you suggest? Are there others we should consider?
i'm not so sure that ail y'ail y'ail and ferreira are in the same league
but if you're somewhere in between, hit up chez doval on marie-anne
Celfie is right that they're not in the same league at all. Ferreira = haute Portuguese, Ail Y'Ail Y'Ail = second-generation, playful Portuguese-Brazilian-Québécois (with definite emphasis on Portuguese). Loads of fun, and quite affordable. And Al knows how to handle his seafood, probably better than most cooks in mid/low-range Portuguese places.
A couple of months ago I posted a run-down of a half-dozen Portuguese joints in the Plateau here:
(Can't link to the post, sorry.)
Haven't been to Ferreira in ages, but have not heard whispers of any serious slippage.
Since Ferreira *still* doesn't serve poutine, personally I'd opt for Ail Y'Ail Y'Ail. :^
Well, it's poutine, the menu is mainly Portuguese, and the chef is Portuguese (I believe Montreal-born, but not sure), but I wouldn't quite call it "Portuguese poutine."
The one I had -- the signature dish, called "Al-phrodisiak" after chef/owner Al -- has a mountain of mussels, clams, calamari, shrimp, scallops and a small amount of bacon over a generous portion of cheese curds and fries, and a garlic-cilantro sauce. There's also an extra bowl full of the seafood and sauce, or at least there was when I ordered it. It's a truly substantial meal, and may be the second most expensive poutine in town at $17.
It sounds like a train wreck and there's no way it should work...but it does. I was very skeptical when I saw it on the menu, but after seeing it on another table I had to make a return visit a few days later to try this stuff. A bit excessive for lunch, but I have no regrets.