Five of us descended on this Dorchester spot for lunch, and were very happy! The food is from the Cape Verde islands off the coast of Africa, but is heavily influenced by Portuguese foodways. (Portugal colonised the islands for many years.)
We began with two plates of delicious quail - One plate was grilled and the other, fried. The flavor of the quail really came through in the grilled version, while the fry job was light, crispy, and very tasty.
For our main dishes, we shared very tender, grilled octopus, refried katchupada, a traditional stew (but not soupy) of beans, pork, hominy and kale, topped with linguica and a fried egg - very flavorful comfort food! - cabritada, another traditional dish of goat with (not for the low carbed!) potatoes, mandioca (yucca, I believe) and rice, a very pleasant stew, and finally arroz de mariscos, rice with seafood, like a simple paella but without a lot of broth.
We enjoyed everything but I think the hits were the quail, octopus, and katchupada. Unfortunately, our favorite photographer was't able to make it, so no pics this time!
Just to note, we had all this for $13 a person, including tip!
Cesaria also has music on Thur through Sat nights, I think. For the T-takers among us, it's a quick bus ride from the red line or Forest Hills. I think they also have a parking lot in the back.
Cesaria is one of my favorite places to go when I want an inexpensive delicious meal at a nice sit down spot. I've brought both fussy eaters and adventurous eaters, and all have left satisfied. I have never had a bad meal there, the staff is always great, and they have quite a few bottles of Portuguese wine priced under $15.
I can't say anything bad about a place where I can always get a great meal with wine for about $20.
My first Chowdown in years!
I wasn't optimistic seeing the menu was short on authentic sounding cuisine, and long on chicken fingers, etc. But everything we ordered was excellent. I especially like the Kentucky-fried quail (eat your heart out KFC!) and the octopus ceviche. Definitely worth going back to as long as you stick with the interesting parts of the menu. Almost completely empty at noon on Saturday.
See you at Mulan!
I'm a new chowhound member and am trying to add my name to the list of attendees for Mulan on Broadway in Cambridge this Saturday at noon. I've clicked everywhere trying to email the lunch organizer 'fredid' and haven't had any success. Can anyone help me out? thanks