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texaspeppers Jun 10, 2010 07:26 PM

Looking for a good portuguese restaurant for this weekend. I would like to avoid downtown Grand Prix craziness, but otherwise am open. Maybe more family style than chic, one of the couples might have children... Any suggestions??

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    JohnnyGe Sep 2, 2010 02:52 PM

    Did Portugalia on Rachel, just west of Sl. Laurent, last night. The lone diner in the restaurant section behind the extremely(!) busy take-out counter and had a very reasonably priced ($32 all in) dinner. A couple of Keith's on tap, a plain lettuce, onion and tomato salad, a grilled calamares appetizer (2 perfectly grilled and presented specimens) and a half-chicken (spicy!) with fries.

    A great meal, cool decor, and great service. Bring on the crowds!

    Rotisserie Portugalia
    34 Rue Rachel W, Montreal, QC H2W1G1, CA

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    1. re: JohnnyGe
      lagatta Sep 2, 2010 04:30 PM

      I'm trying to find more about the dinners at the Portuguese-Canadian Association on St-Urbain, just south of Rachel. Their kitchen is being renovated now: they do host family-cooking meals on weekends, for a most reasonable price. Will report!

      1. re: lagatta
        Ghostquatre Sep 2, 2010 04:40 PM

        I hope it won't cost too much since it's not a real restaurant. Portuguese chicken is good but quite ordinary. I'm not a fan of paying a premium for stuff like fries and garden salad with a small chicken portion in a sitdown restaurant.

        1. re: Ghostquatre
          kpaxonite Sep 2, 2010 04:52 PM

          thats why romados is amazing

          1. re: Ghostquatre
            lagatta Sep 3, 2010 03:13 AM

            It is cheap, Ghostquatre. One guide about multicultural Montréal says $10 for the meal, the fellow I talked to said it could be as much as $12 - $13 (remember, this is a non-profit association, no tax). You have to enjoy that type of experience; not gastronomy but can be decent home cooking. Probably a lot of fish.

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              porker Sep 3, 2010 03:26 AM

              Do they (or will they) serve wine?

              1. re: porker
                lagatta Sep 3, 2010 05:08 AM

                I'd be very surprised if they didn't, but I'll get back to the board as soon as I find they are up and running.

        2. re: JohnnyGe
          porker Sep 3, 2010 03:25 AM

          "great service"
          Don't get me wrong, I love Portugalia, even through its change from hole-in-the-wall to chic cafe (I actually miss the hole-in-the-wall...). I just feel you have to be aware and accept their, ahhhh, laid back attitude when it comes to service.
          My only minor complaint is their inflexibility when it comes to the menu. Example, if you want a combination of ribs and chicken you must separately order a rib dish and a chicken dish.

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          BLM Jun 12, 2010 02:30 AM

          Braseiro just got a rave review in today's Montreal Gazette newspaper. You might want to try them. Here's link to Montreal Gazette review http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

          8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

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          1. re: BLM
            lagatta Jun 12, 2010 05:19 AM

            I've only had tapas at Braseiro, but they were very good. At first I thought the family also wanted to watch sports on a largescreen, which is why I'd mentioned the social club. Braseiro is definitely a family-friendly place, and an advantage for a family will be that it is easy to park nearby. You are just north of Jarry Park. yet another family-friendly feature.

            I'm sad to hear about Doval. I have great photos of a younger self with younger incarnations of colleagues, feasting there ... in the 1970s!

            8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

            1. re: lagatta
              texaspeppers Jun 13, 2010 02:52 AM

              Thanks for the suggestions everyone. Because of ease of access, we finished at Braseiro. I am not very experienced with Portuguese food, but we had a Portuguese friend with us that was pleased with his meal. We started with an appetizer of moules that were well prepared and place in a sauce had just the perfect touch of hot peppers to not overwhelm. The sausage entree was also very appreciated by others at the table. I had the grilled calmar was slightly smoky in flavor and very tender with a garlic oil that spilled over into the veggies (rapini, zucchini and carrots) for a nice flavor boost. My dinner companion had the tuna steak and was very pleased also. The only mild deception seemed to be the filet of cod that was not boned and proved a little difficult. Overall, the food was very good, the waiters very attentive, but the price a little tad more than I would have thought, but not bad.

              8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

              1. re: texaspeppers
                lagatta Jun 13, 2010 07:57 AM

                Yes, Braseiro is somewhat more expensive than the casual Portuguese restaurants usually mentioned on this board, but nothing like Ferreira.

                8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

                1. re: lagatta
                  sweettoothMTL Jun 14, 2010 08:24 AM

                  Yes, and their wine list is very affordable with even some decent housewine, so that is always good for the bill.

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                    johnnyboy Jun 16, 2010 09:37 AM

                    Looking forward to trying Braseiro. I would concur about Doval not being that great, been there a couple times recently, the service takes forever and the food is really nothing to get excited about, the chicken was very dry.
                    Janos is all right, but nothing special - crappy salad, nice chicken and fries, other meats forgettable; also, was made to wait 15 minutes before getting a table, after having made a reservation, without any sort of apology.
                    I'm surprised nobody mentions Casa Minhota, of the 'family style' portuguese restos i've been to recently it's clearly the best one, definitely better than Doval or Janos.

                    8261 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2P2M1, CA

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            yellowcake Jun 11, 2010 01:21 PM

            All good feedback.
            I'd add that I've enjoyed Casa Manola on Wellington in Verdun. In the same league as the aforementioned. In fact, my #1 choice for their grilled squid.

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            1. re: yellowcake
              unlaced Jun 14, 2010 09:07 AM

              Completely agree on the squid - it is delicious and the best I have had at any Portuguese restaurant in Montreal.
              The chicken is also good, though not quite as good as Janos (imho)
              One thing that really lets down Manola is the salad - a little quibble but it really lets down the rest of the meal.

              I also like having the option at Janos to replace the fries with chargrilled red pepper, which I don't think Manola does.

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              kpaxonite Jun 11, 2010 11:56 AM

              Most people take out from this place but there are a few tables and i think its hands down the best Portuguese chicken in mtl: Romados

              Its crazy cheap too

              Rotisserie Romados
              115, Rachel Est
              (514) 849-1803

              1. kpzoo Jun 11, 2010 08:09 AM

                I've heard great things about Jano but haven't yet been.


                Restaurant Jano
                3883 St-Laurent
                Montréal, Québec
                Tél.: 514.849.0646

                Restaurant Jano
                3883 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W1X9, CA

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                1. re: kpzoo
                  jay_81k Jun 11, 2010 10:11 AM

                  Jano is definetly much better than Chez Doval, didnt think of that one, probably your best bet. Although I like Rotisserie Portugalia the best but they wont accommodate your whole family.

                  Rotisserie Portugalia
                  34 Rue Rachel W, Montreal, QC H2W1G1, CA

                  1. re: kpzoo
                    cherylmtl Jun 11, 2010 11:25 AM

                    I like Jano and Chez Doval, and have had equally good meals at both. They're definitely family style, not "chic", but both are worth checking out IMHO. The only advantage to Chez Doval would be that, since it's not right on St. Laurent as Jano is, it might be slightly less crowded and easier to park nearby if you're going by car.

                    1. re: kpzoo
                      Shattered Jun 11, 2010 12:25 PM

                      Jano is great!

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                        marblebag Jun 28, 2010 11:59 AM

                        I bring american coworkers to Jano and the pick-5-meats-to-grill never disappoint.

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                        lagatta Jun 11, 2010 05:56 AM

                        There is also a Portuguese social club:

                        Club Portugal De Montréal 4397 St Laurent Montreal, QC H2W 1Z8 (514) 844-1406
                        but I don't know how much of a "restaurant" it is as opposed to just a café-bar, or how family-friendly it is. Perhaps someone knows?

                        One of the oldest family-style Portuguese restaurants in that area is Chez Doval, at the corner of Marie-Anne and De Bullion. One side is more café-bar, the other more "family restaurant" but food is served on both sides, and it is definitely family-friendly.

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                        1. re: lagatta
                          jay_81k Jun 11, 2010 08:01 AM

                          Chez Doval has really gone downhill, theyre food is terrible!

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                            oddcouple1 Jun 15, 2010 06:40 PM

                            We ate there on Saturday night and thought it was fantastic. I had the chicken and husband had the pork and clams. Reservation was absolutely necessary!

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                          Maximilien Jun 11, 2010 03:48 AM

                          I'd skip Ferreira and "Portus Calle" ... not because they are bad but because more expensive, and not really that "family oriented" (IMO)

                          Couple of them all around the same area ...

                          Le Roi Du Plateau (51 Rue Rachel Ouest)
                          Chez Le Portugais (4134, boul. St-Laurent)
                          Restaurant Marilou (4675 Boulevard Saint Laurent)
                          And a new hole-in-the-wall next door to "Les Vivres" and Marilou.

                          Restaurant Marilou
                          4675 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

                          Chez Le
                          5014 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E8, CA

                          Le Roi Du Plateau
                          51 Rue Rachel W, Montreal, QC H2W1G2, CA

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                          1. re: Maximilien
                            pyropaul99 Jun 16, 2010 10:43 AM

                            I always like Tasca on Duluth - pretty authentic, especially some of the Bacalhau dishes. Nice private importation wine list of Portuguese wines too plus they do a decent natas de ceu dessert (that was always my favourite when I lived in Aveiro, Portugal).

                            172, ave. Duluth E corner De L'Hôtel-De-Ville, H2W 1H3


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