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Jun 7, 2011 11:54 AM

Good Portuguese other than Chiado

Some friends are coming into town from New York and we'll be meeting for dinner. I'm thinking of Portuguese, which is just about the only thing not well covered in NY. Is there any other good Portuguese besides Chiado? I was thinking something a bit more casual, but still with good food and decent fish choices.

864 College Street West, Toronto, ON M6H 1A3, CA

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  1. Adega on Elm was decent the last time I was there. The menu seems to be moving towards the touristy type, but the food and the service were very good. Wine list is for the most part special order and well-chosen.

    If you want even more casual Piri Piri on Dupont has a good selection of grilled whole fish, and is much more the kind of place loud families would go.

    33 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, CA

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    1. re: Snarf

      I second Adega. Its one of my all time fav's and Ive eaten there a dozen times and never a bad meal. The Sardine app is yummy, the Cataplana and Octopus specialty dishes are excellent. Service is top.

      33 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, CA

      1. re: Kassi22

        Sorry, I should add though, I wouldn't consider Adega casual.. I missed that part of your post, sorry. (But its not snobby or uptight)

        33 Elm Street, Toronto, ON M5G 1H1, CA

    2. About two weeks back I ate at Via Norte when I was invited to a winemaker's dinner. It's about a block west of Chiado. The food was very good. It seems that Chowhounders don't know about it, nobody even replied to the thread I started about it. I was there with about 20 Portuguese people, and they told me that is one of the places they eat lunch and dinner at. I enjoyed it enough that I'd go there again. The food is similar to Chiado but slightly lower in cost.

      1. A few of us hounds were out hounding a couple weeks back and ended up at Seara on Keele. Being the intrepid hounds that we are, a couple of us checked out Churraqueira Estrela next door and let me tell you it was incredible. It's too soon to say it's the best I've had in the city but it could be.



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        1. re: Davwud

          This is something I'm going to remember for another time. Might be just a tad too casual for this situation. Thanks - looks great.

        2. I haven't been there for a while but I always enjoyed Cataplana. It's at the corner of Colege and Dovercourt. Guess it's time for a return visit.

          938 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1A4, CA

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          1. re: mexivilla

            That was at 938 College, but is now Via Norte, which is very good.


            1. re: foodyDudey

              Via Norte looks really interesting. If we do Portuguese I think it will be here. Will have to consult with friends. If not Portuguese, we might go to Enoteca Sociale, where I've been wanting to go. Either one - thanks folks.

              Enoteca Sociale
              1288 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          2. Casa da Ramboia (Dundas West and Dovercourt) has excellent food and is more casual. Owner Isabel Carvalho runs the kitchen ...