Portuguese Restaurant (Well Sort Of)--In Chinatown?
From what I can tell there is little in the way of Portuguese food available in the L.A. area. There's Natas in the Valley for bakery fare and then there's the restaurant owner who tried posting on the board last week that he was opening up a Portuguese restaurant somewhere in the Inland Empire. There doesn't even seem to be anything in Artesia, which is the historic home for the Portuguese community in Los Angeles, So it was rather bewildering to stumble upon the relatively new Queee Sushi Station and Portuguese Cuisine in Chinatown. The emphasis there is actually on Sushi--that's all there is on their regular menu, and that's all they served when they opened a few months ago. But now there is a separate Portuguese menu. I have no idea what constitutes authentic Portuguese food as my only exposure to the cuisine has been at a few bakeries here and in Massachusetts. The Portuguese menu has only five items--a fisherman's bowl, sablefish, chicken breast, lamb chops and sirloin. I had the glazed sablefish and it was fabulous. It reminded me of the baked seabass at Koi Palace up north for those of you who have had that dish. Dish was pricey, though, at $12 for two fairly small chunks of fish. Also was given a complimentary bowl of Portuguese soup not on the menu--seemed to be a cream of potato type soup with sliced sausage, which was quite good.
Queee Sushi Statiion and Portuguese Cuisine is at 643 N. Spring St. I believe this was most recently Noi, the Pilipino noodle restaurant, and for you really old timers, home of Mandarin Restaurant, the late night spot from the 1960s (and maybe earlier). The best news is that they have their own parking lot so you don't have to deal with those Chinatown bandit parking meters. Open for lunch only.
Perhaps this link might explain what's going on.
643 N Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Thanks, I'll have to try this. I love Portuguese food and have been unhappy with its meager representation here. That said, they do have pretty good lunch and dinner dishes at Natas on Ventura, and the Portuguese & Greek restaurant - Alexis Greek - in Northridge, has some pretty good food as well. Still, nothing anywhere close to what I've had in Portugal, Macau or even Boston or Newark.
Alexis Greek Restaurant
9034 Tampa Ave, Northridge, CA 91324