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Barriada Churrascaria - Discusting -Can anyone suggest a nearby alternative?

I recently went to Barriada Churrascaria at College and Dovercort. I hear the flamming sausage there is really delicious. I instead ordered the churrasco chicken, which was a bone dry half of a tiny chicken, with barley any meat on it. My girlfriend ordered the halibut, which was also dry, more importantly it was so fishy tasting we both found it inedible. This is our second trip to this place, the first time we also found the chicken very dry. On the plus side, I will say the piri piri sauce was delicious and the outdoor patio is really great.

There has got to be a great casual Portuguese restaurant somewhere in this neighborhood.
Please help me.

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  1. Totally off topic and does not help your cause, but I was recently in Portugal and the quality and price of food there is miles above anything available in Toronto. The bbq chicken bought at a local fair for 4 EUROS was honestly the best tasting chicken I have ever had on a grill. The chicken was slightly smaller and most likely free range and hormone free.

    I dont know why more Portuguese places dont try and do it like they do back home. They all buy their chickens frozen from York Chickens or Maple Lodge. Same goes for fish quality here.

    Back on topic, the best chicken i have had here to date was at Churrasqueira Estrela at 2275 Keele (near Lawrence). Call ahead (416-248-1918) to reserve your food or you will have to wait.

    1. Sorry I can't help because I'm unfamiliar with the area, but Barraida is the worst of the worst, I agree completely. It's like they make their chicken once a week and just re-heat it to order, its always so dried out and flavorless. Terrible.

      If you ever get down to the Queensway I have liked Bom Apetite, they have both grilled or rotisserie, made and cut to order in front of you, for $10 flat per chicken.. I get one grilled and one rotisserie and have lots of leftovers for the next day

      1. Piri Piri on Dupont

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

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        1. re: Herb

          I have driven by Piri Piri and was intrigued. Has anyone else been. I am really looking for something located in downtown Toronto/ little portugal/italy.
          Thanks again for all of your help.

          1. re: Epicure3333

            Most of the low- and mid-level Portuguese joints I've tried around town are hit and miss, and that includes Piri Piri. All too often, at both Piri Piri and its competitors, it's dried-out chicken, over-the-hill sardines, flavorless soups, main dishes filled out with bland rice and potatoes, that kind of thing. Invariably in a dreary setting and with lack-lustre, phlegmatic service. There's just nothing to recommend these places, no matter how attractive the prices.They're merely cranking out the basic Portuguese menu without any consistency. Still, Piri Piri seems insanely popular, probably because it hits price points. I've been to Piri Piri a couple of times, and everyone else seems to be having a wonderful time. It's a crapshoot at these joints and I don't shoot craps (anymore).

        2. I'm not a fan of Piri Piri. I live in a Portuguese hood and my faves (both take-out) are:

          Sardinha
          http://www.sardinhabbqchicken.com/

          and

          Churrasco of St. Clair
          http://www.churrasco.net/

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          Sardinha
          942 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1L4, CA

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          1. re: jnine

            Got chicken fron Churrasco on St Clair today and was bitterly disappointed.
            Burnt and dry with a grossly salty piri piri.

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            St Clair Restaurant
            69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

          2. Epicure, if you're still looking for good portuguese chicken in the area, give Churrasqueira Oliveira a try. It's at 898 College, very close, just east of Dovercourt. Admittedly I haven't been for a few years, but when I lived in the area, this place always had decent, moist chicken. They have other stuff, but it wasn't that great. The sides (potatoes and rice) were alright. But I loved their chicken. It's just a family owned place, no room to sit down save one small table. Let me know what you think.

            I tried Sardinha as well, on bloor and ossington. It was dry as heck and not worth anyone's time.

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            Sardinha
            942 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1L4, CA

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            1. re: Crispier Crouton

              Tried Oliveira couple days ago. Sorry, but was not impressed. Chicken didn't have much meat on it, kinda dry, and the piri piri sauce was 99% tobasco. potatoes were meh and the rice was lil bland. Ate inside, and it's pretty run down with no A/C. My .02 cents.

            2. I live at the epicentre of Little Portugal. And honestly, I have not found one place that consistently has decent food. It's always hit and miss around here.

              The first time I ate Portuguese chicken was in a little restaurant on Commercial Drive in Vancouver around...1982...maybe. I started going every Sunday and the chicken was beautiful. There were jars of sauce on the table with paint brushes in them, mild and hot.

              Perhaps I'm nostalgic, but I haven't found anything in Toronto to compare. I haven't given up.

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              1. re: pastina

                I too have yet to find decent Portugese chicken in Toronto.
                I have been to a few places in Toronto and lucked out the odd time at Barraida on St.Clair and a small resto(not sure of name) on Scarlette Rd. just north of St. Clair.

                I just got back from holidays in Montreal and found a place called Romados.
                They use charcoal and there always is a lineup so you know it's fresh(not cooked ahead and stored). Now that's chicken, the best that I ever tasted!

                Is there a place like this in Toronto that uses charcoal and cooks it the same way?
                Here is a short vid that I took in Romados so you can see how they do it...
                http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5tw-d...

              2. My fave place, which I think is wayway better than Sardinha or Barriada (I've only tried a handful of places) is O Barradino Cantenhede at Wallace and Lansdowne.

                Its more of a takeout place, with lineups out the door daily. Its closed for the month until August 6th, but I've always loved the charcoal flavour of their chicken, their cuttlefish, and their pork and clams. There are a few misses, but just thinking about their chicken makes me salivate...
                I can't say its the best in the city, but I think its worth a try.

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                Sardinha
                942 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H1L4, CA

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                1. re: jayseeca

                  Cantanhede O Bairradino (662 Lansdowne) does a huge and well deserved take out business.
                  They only have 4 tiny tables and you eat out of the styro clam shell with plastic knives and forks.
                  It is probably the best churrasco chicken in town and also the cheapest - whole chicken $10 tax inc.
                  I have not been impressed with Costa Verde and really dislike Churrasco St Clair.
                  Piri Piri (Dupont) and Churrasco Villa (Eglinton) are quite good but very expensive by comparison - half chicken about $14 plus tax etc.

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                  Cantanhede O Bairradino
                  662 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H3Y8, CA

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

                  St Clair Restaurant
                  69 St Clair St, Chatham, ON N7L3H8, CA

                  1. re: jayseeca

                    Love Cantanhede O Bairradino also for takeout. Had a truly wonderful pork and clams last night at Banaboia (Rogers & Old Weston Road), definitely worth checking out if you're looking for a sit down place.

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                    Cantanhede O Bairradino
                    662 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H3Y8, CA

                    Banaboia
                    501 Rogers Rd, Toronto, ON M6M1B4, CA