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Best Piri Piri Chicken in T.O.?

Ok lets start this one. Where do you think sells the best/most authentic Piri Piri chicken in T.O. ? I used to live in portugal and am hankering for some good chicken.

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  1. Piri-Piri on Dupont!

    Piri Piri Grill
    1444 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P4H3, CA

    1. Oh man -- I LOVED the frango no churrasco in Portugal. There was a place in Albuferia, called O Alberto that made a Platonic version of grilled chicken. I'm hallucinating about it now...

      The closest I've found to that style of chicken in Toronto is at Bairrada Churrasqueira, but it's neck and neck with Piri Piri...

      1. I like Piri Piri on Dupont to go and eat, but for take out I prefer Cantanhede O Bairradino, 662 Lansdowne Ave, just south of Dupont. You can have bbq or the churrasco style of chicken.

        Say hi to Carlos!

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          1. re: BritinCan

            Hmm forget his last name. Cant miss him, mustache, curly hair. He catered my wedding actually. Fantastic job. After that I tried his restaurant as was very happy.

            Anyway, nice to go into some of the small family run places and be greeted by a friendly face, and have a chat. He does with it everyone.

            1. re: TdotFoodKing

              i will definatly be checking that place out and i will pass on the "hello" if i get the chance.

        1. Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill, 1002 College is good. Not the best but, I like it for its back patio. They usually have porcoa roasting on the grill and give it out free sometimes.

          1. Piri-Piri Grill House is good.

            I've also enjoyed Churrasco Villa, they're grilled squid was cooked nicely as well.

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            1. re: Apprentice

              forgot the link

              Churrasco Villa
              254 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M4P1K2, CA

              1. re: Apprentice

                Heres to Churrasco Villa - by far my fave!

              2. I have been told that SLM has great piri piri chicken. is this so? and if so where in the market is it located?

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                1. re: BritinCan

                  After reading this thread this morning I happened to have the chance to drop by SLM at lunch, I tried the chicken place (missed the name), located up stairs in the NW corner by the pub, having never tried Churrasco before I'm no authority but it was very tasty. I got the spicy grilled 1/2 chicken with vegetable rice and potatoes (savoury & addictive!) & a soft white bread bun...chicken was crisp and moist inside, slathered with piri-piri sauce and although not firey hot deliciously spicy. The guy (owner?) was nice and threw in an extra hot sauce no charge. Total came to $9, a great deal for lunch, I'm stuffed!..I gotta try more of these places!..thanks for the tips 'hounds...

                  1. re: Recyclor

                    I think you will find they are all cheap. For a quick dinner, pick up a whole chicken with rice, and potatoes, and almost everywhere it will be under $10. Except for the one at SLM, I assume becuase its more touristy, very good still though.

                    I think the last time I went to Cantanhede O Bairradino, I paid about $12 for a whole chicken, rice, potatoes and salad. Lots of leftovers, and a chicken carcass for chicken stock. Cant beat that.

                    1. re: Recyclor

                      I've never had any chicken from Churrasco of St. Lawrence, but just tried their bifana sandwich last week and it was amazing!

                      If you're around St. Lawrence and need a snack - and you can overcome the attitude that the only sandwich worthwhile at St. Lawrence is a peameal - then order a bifana with onions and their homemade hot sauce.

                      It's a pork tenderloin sandwich and I have never had one from a Portuguese place that is more generous with their meat portions. For $5 I was stuffed on half a sandwich with a snack for later.

                      1. re: NovoCuisine

                        Trying link again..

                        Churrasco Of St Lawrence
                        91 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                        1. re: NovoCuisine

                          I'm so trying that, thanks for the tip NC...

                          1. re: NovoCuisine

                            Good to know. I absolutely loathe the Carousel Bakery sandwich. Usually end up with either nothing or an Espresso appetite suppresant. Portuguese pork on a bun sounds like just the ticket to avoid that hungry while shopping for food feeling.

                            1. re: NovoCuisine

                              Good call on the bifana! Had one today and it was deeeelish. Same deal as you. It was so generous I had to finish the other half later. No more starving at the SLM banquet. Thanks NovoCuisine.

                              1. re: Googs

                                Glad you liked it! I've been bifana obsessed lately.. gotta spread the word of its goodness :)

                                1. re: NovoCuisine

                                  Working on spreading the word. A group of us went on Saturday and that was one of the things on the menu. It was awesome. So tasty. Perhaps the best sandwich in the market.

                                  FWIW, we did a head to head of Carousel vs. Paddington's peameal. Carousel won without any question.


                                  1. re: Davwud

                                    Oh I wrote that when Zoulpy's Deli was still open and just down the road. They had the best peameal sandwich for miles.

                                    Very glad you enjoyed the bifana. It's one of the verey few sandwiches you can have at SLM that is neither pre-packaged or prepped hours earlier. Fresh, hearty, and zesty. Just like I like my breakfasts.

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      BTW, I finally got to Portugril yesterday and loved it. I only had chicken, hot with extra sauce and it was amazing.
                                      The sauce is better than Estrela but the chicken wasn't as smoky.


                          2. re: BritinCan

                            Not my fave. Just good chicken, not great churrasco....IMO

                          3. For great takeout churrasco, my #1 favourite has always been Churrasco of St Clair at the corner of St Clair W and Christie. The only downside is that it's takeout only, no eat-in.

                            Churrasco Of St Clair
                            679 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C1A7, CA

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                            1. re: tartiflette

                              yeah i love those guys too - but to Tdot above where is he getting the whole thing for under $10? whole chicken,potatoes,rice is $20 there but well worth it imo.

                              1. re: dannyboy

                                At both Cantanhede O Bairradino and Bairrada Churrasqueira Grill its around that much. Note that I mean a whole chicken special. It comes with a large container of rice or potatoes. If you add another container it adds a few bucks. So I get half rice half potatoes.

                              2. re: tartiflette

                                Have to agree with Tartiflette...Been to all the places mentioed and hands down Churrasco of St. Clair is the best (Piri Piri House a not too distant second)

                              3. does anyone know good places for piri piri churrasco that delivers downtown core ..for luch one person $10ish? would love to order from a place once a week, but do not know of any?

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                                1. re: howisitgoing

                                  Ive yet to see any that deliver. But these guys may: Sardinha O Rei Dos Frangos - 942 Bloor Street West. Its pretty good, and probably the closest to downtown.

                                  1. re: howisitgoing

                                    Check out www.orderit.ca

                                    Churrasco of St. Clair delivers all the way downtown. A 1/2 chicken is $8.89, and a 1/2 chicken combo with potatoes, rice and green peas is $11.39.

                                  2. On a side note to everyone, almost all these places serve "Bife a Chef", basically steak with potatoes or fries dripping in a gravy served with an egg. I love this dish, and usually go for that over chicken.

                                    1. OK. Went to Churrasco St. Clair last night and the plain grilled chicken took me right back to big family meals back in portugal with mum, dad and my co-siblings. Plus my daughter loved the rice and their potatoes which is awsome as she is so hard to please. and from leaving house to my return took all of 7mins. Awsome! On a down note i was not impressed by the hot sauce. maybe i ordered it wrong by saying i wanted "hot Sauce" instead of "piri piri" as what i got was 1/4 chicken that was covered in the same stuff you get on your wings at the pub. Dont get me wrong it was still delicious but it wasnt what we get in the many (and i really mean MANY) places we eat in back in portugal. There (at least in the Algarve.) the piri piri sauce is oil based. the one i had yesterday was that tomato based veriety the kind you find at Nandos (a place i wont even give the time of day to seeing as they cant even spell piri piri. ). but aside from that mild let down it was tasty. and as the fam like it i will be frequenting it more often as i have been looking for a substitute for ordering in pizza, chinese etc..

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                                      1. re: BritinCan

                                        The sauce that they normally serve on the churrasco chicken at St. Clair is completely NOT Frank's Hot Sauce, (unlike, say Costa Verde on Oakwood). It's much darker and richer--maybe containing Worchestershire or tamarind??

                                        1. re: Yongeman

                                          still closer to frank's than the dressing they use back in portugal. sorry.
                                          but as i said it was still nice.

                                      2. I`m sorry but there is NO way you`re getting a whole chicken with rice and potatoes for 10 bucks... I have to see this to believe it, because my city has MANY churrasqueira joints (Mississauga/Brampton) and no matter which of the places you go to its always at least $20 for an entire chicken + rice + potatoes

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                                        1. re: duckdown

                                          Here's a menu link to Churrasco St. Clair. If you total 2 half chix with potatoes and rice it's $15 and change.

                                          1. re: duckdown

                                            Im thinking of going to place I mentioned tonight. And I'll be sure to check the bill, and let you know. Ive been known to be wrong before (well once lol)

                                            Also, your paying a premium for everything living where you do, so I wouldn't be surprised if its cost you a few dollars more than in the city.

                                            I'll let you know, tomorrow the costs.

                                          2. I'm glad nobody reccomended NANDO's... I hate that place.

                                            Tinyest portions, overpriced chicken.

                                            1. Ok, I just finished my dinner from Cantanhede O Bairradino. Firstly the price; a whole Frango Brasa (bbq chicken) is $9. Frango Espita (rotisserie) is $8. Includes tax. So we got the the whole BBQ chicken, $9, a large container of rice and potatoes, and a large salad. $17 including tax. It was way too much food and have left-overs. A whole chicken with rice and/or potatoes (reg. size) is $10.50 or $11.50 depending on which chicken you get.

                                              As I said before your paying a premium in places like SLM and Brampon/MIss. They dont have the volume of people to keep the prices down. Also, you find the people who eat at SLM are tourists and shoppers. Whereas places like Cantanhede O Bairradino, are filled with Portuguese, mostly construction workers on their way home from work. (note its take out only).

                                              I suggest you try some of the daily specials which are always great and cheap. Today they had porco a Alenteja which is pork cubes with clams. They also had a few other cod fish dishes. I think you'll find its more authentic and cheaper than some other places.

                                              Be good to hear your thoughts if anyone gets a chance to go.

                                              1. I'm not claiming encyclopedic knowledge of the joints, but my vote goes to Churrasco of St Clair. Years ago I lived in the neighbourhood, and was never disappointed. I always wanted to try some of their other meats, but as soon as I smelled the grilling chicken, I caved.

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                                                1. After reading this thread, I decided to check out the Cantanhede O Bairradino on Landsdowne. Definitely worth a visit. Great prices a "legit" atmosphere and other interesting dishes including quail, roast suckling pig, a nice bean dish stewed with pork. The main target of my visit was the chicken. The meat was flavourful and the skin was very tasty. I've had the piri-piri at SLM. Not sure which is the more authentic version, but I I prefer the SLM one due to the tangy/spicy piri-piri sauce. Also the meat was more moist. Maybe I didn't order the right way at Cantanhede O Bairradino? Anyhow, it was a good bird, so I'm not disapointed. Next I'll try the Churrasco of St. Clair.

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                                                  1. re: grandgourmand

                                                    I love Churrasco of St Clair, love the sauce too. How does Piri Piri on Dupont compare?

                                                    As for price - Bom Apetite on Queensway - $14 for whole chicken, sauce, potatos - taxes in! (not bad, but not as good as Charrasco of St. Clair IMO)

                                                    1. re: DDD

                                                      I love the sauce at Churrasco of St Clair but prefer the chicken at Coste Verde. Cantanhede's next on my list. Drove by there today but already had too many goodies lined up for dinner tonight so the taste test will have to wait!

                                                      1. re: fickle

                                                        is Cantanhede O Bairradino still open? i loved it when i last had it a few years ago but every time i pass by its closed.

                                                        1. re: gl0bal

                                                          Cantanhede O Bairradino. It's still open. on Landsdowne between bloor and dupont.

                                                          Had the Churrasco St.Clair. Long story short, good chicken, but less flavour than Cantanhede o Bairradino. Then again, they gave you sauce, which was nice. The rice and potatoes, not very good. Potatoes were dry as hell. chicken had good level of moistness, though.

                                                          Stumbled on a third spot. B.O.M. Appetite on the queensway. A little east of the etobicoke Ikea on the north side. A little gem, perhaps. Had the whole BBQ chicken ($9). My wife had the chicken sandwich ($5). We both enjoyed it. The chicken was nice and moist. The sauce was pretty good, maybe not enough of it, though.

                                                    2. re: grandgourmand

                                                      Once in a while COB makes rabbit stew. It's well worth checking out. As for the place itself it's fantastic. One of my favourites.


                                                    3. I've never been to Portugal, but I liked PotuGrill, Bairrada and Cantanhede O Bairradino
                                                      ...AND I had a great dinner with family at Churrasco Villa on Eglinton Ave. East just west of Mount Pleasant - fantastic chicken, very moist, buttery hot piri-piri sauce, great potatoes, and as a bonus, the fire-grilled wings & shoestring fries were quite good as well.

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                                                      1. re: TorontoTips

                                                        I was a big fan of COB but since discovering Estrela (On Keele), Churrasco of St. Lawrence and Portugril, not so much. I just found those to be better. I think Estrela has the best chicken. Nice smokiness to it. SLM has the best sauce. Portugril has a great combination of the two.

                                                        Estrela also gets bonus points for the olives. 2 days in the fridge and their phenomenal.


                                                        1. re: Davwud

                                                          Estrela is also next door to a killer Portugese bakery: Seara!

                                                          1. re: magic

                                                            Nah, good yes, killer would go to Doce Minho on Dufferin.


                                                            1. re: Davwud

                                                              ... adding Estrela to my must-visit list :-)

                                                              Living near Yonge & Sheppard, I don't get down to primo churrasco territory or SLM that often, love that Estrela is much closer!


                                                              1. re: TorontoTips

                                                                I'll echo Davwud's vote for Estrela. Really good. And yeah, Doce Minho is better than Seara. :)