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??
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.
4675 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA
5014 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4E8, CA
Le Roi Du Plateau
51 Rue Rachel W, Montreal, QC H2W1G2, CA
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
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.
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.
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
115, Rachel Est
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.