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May 30, 2007 06:33 AM

Bairrada Churrasqueira

Has anyone tried this Portuguese restaurant in Mississauga?

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  1. There's one in Mississauga now? The original one (at least to my knowledge) is on College and it's in a little house with a great back yard - you can sit out in the summer at their picnic tables and eat some great piri piri chicken and other traditional portuguese dishes. My SO's family is portuguese and this is one of the restaurants they like. We get take out from the St. Clair location all the time - chicken, potatoes and rice. Very good. The Leitao (roasted suckling pig) and the caldo verde are also very good. It's a pretty down home, not pretentious, authentic experience.

    1. I just had their food for the first time on saturday past from the location on college and have to say it's the best portuguese chicken i've had

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      1. re: dannyboy

        we did a chowhound meet up there a month back perhaps and i split the chicken and the suckling pig with my sister.

        perhaps my expecations were a bit high but i wasn't too happy. my chicken was rather dry and i found the flavour to be incredibly lacking. it didn't permeate into the skin or the chicken itself very well and i ended up dousing it in the hot oil they have available just to give it any type of kick. in comparison, the chicken at st lawrence market is always flavourful, incredibly moist and amazing. i always feel the need to get it when i'm there. perhaps mine was off?

        the suckling pig was an interesting experience for me. the texture and flavour oddly reminded me of chinese roast duck! it was very tasty though and could have been much warmer when we received it.

        large portions btw.

        1. re: pinstripeprincess

          I was at the same dinner, and can't say I was at all impressed. (Except with the flaming sausage! That was entertaining and tasty.)

          Much like pinstripeprincess, I found most of the food dry and/or cold. The side dishes were massively overcooked, and everything either had too much salt or none.

          1. re: Jacquilynne

            I agree, I've never been impressed with Bairrada. The chicken is dry, and the potatoes are dripping in oil. There are better options in the vicinity: Aveirense, on Bloor just west of Dufferin (corner of Pauline), and Sardinha O Rei Dos Frangos at Bloor and Delaware.

      2. I went about a year and a half ago with my partner and neither one of us particularly liked it. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't very good, either. In any case, if I recall correctly, the price is quite cheap, so it might be worthwhile for you to check it out all the same.

        1. I have tried it a couple of times. I have had the chicken and roasted pig. It is not bad but on Dundas just east of Hurontario is a place called Mario's that does everything much better. They have the standards (chicken both rotiserrie and bbq, rice, potatoes, shrimp croquettes, cod fritters etc), plus they have a have decent steam table of different stews, fish and beans.

          Highly recommend Mario's, it is as good as anything you would find on Dundas or College in Portugal Village/Little Italy.

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          1. re: iamam

            I phoned Mario's and they were very helpful. Unfortunately, they do not have a patio, but recommended an interesting Middle Eastern restaurant in the area called Montfort.

            Has anyone been there?

            1. re: garlicscapes

              Montfort's is fantastic. So far, the standouts for me are the Montfort Chicken (succulent and flavourful, mixed with chopped pineapples), the lamb shashlik, shawarma, and the lentil soup. Additionally, everything comes with a couple of addictive sauces, one garlicky-yoghurty, one tomato-onion-spiced.

              1. re: Chester Eleganté

                Now I am pysched! That's my kind of food. Can't wait to try it. They have a patio, right?
                I will report back after I go.

                1. re: garlicscapes

                  I finally made it to Montfort. Unfortunately, it was a huge dissapointment. The hummus was bland and tinny tasting, the kafta was dry and overcooked. The Babaganoush was the best part. Perhaps a bit salty, but I like salt.

                  The patio was casual and nice. Set back from the road, so it's nice and quiet.

                  I noticed some stores with Arabic writing in the neighbourhood, leading me to believe that there must be better Middle Eastern food in Mississauga.

                  1. re: garlicscapes

                    should've tried some of the aforementioned suggestions though!

                    1. re: Chester Eleganté


                      You are right. It's just that I tend to judge a Middle Eastern restaurant on the basics like hummus. I may try again.

                      1. re: garlicscapes

                        If you want the real good hummous (and prefer the creamier versions) head up to Thornhill: Me va me (esp. the version with olives), Sofra Grill, and for an awesome variant (extra dense, sprouted garbanzo, homemade fresh), try the one at the Waldorf Farmer's Market (Bathurst just north of 407) on Saturdays.

                        1. re: Chester Eleganté

                          Sprouted Garbanzo? That sounds awesome. Never heard of it.

                          There is something about the Hummous from Jerusalem on Eglinton that I love. I've tried to duplicate at home to no avail. I think it has lots of tahini.

                          1. re: garlicscapes

                            Oh, it's goood. And addictive, at that.

                            The seller's in the smaller cafe area.