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Portuguese Restaurant...can't afford chiado

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I know there is an older thread with the exact same topic http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/312367 but looking for more recent recommendations.

From the old thread some suggested Amadeu's in Kensington. Seems to have so-so reviews...they don't list prices on their website menu...I like to know how much to expect to pay.

Other recommendations were for Adega (they have a menu on the website...with nothing on it except soup) and Sintra (also no web presence).

Not looking for the takeout/chicken places...I like them but looking for a seafood meal. Is it doable to have a nice meal for around $30 per person?


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

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  1. There is a new-ish place at Dufferin and College called Ilhas de Bruma Restaurante at 1136 College. On the weekend there is a seafood buffet for $35.

    I have never been but I saw it profiled on the Portuguese news and in the local papers. It looks real nice and have considered going when the mood strikes.

    Has anyone been?

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    1. re: dmartins123

      Has anyone tried Ilhas de Bruma yet?

    2. I rather like Piri-Piri, on Dupont west of Lansdowne. I have only had the sardines (5 for $11 as app, 6 for $14 as meal with sides) and the whole fish (dourade) for $24. Open 7 days a week.

      1444 Dupont St, Toronto, ON M6P4H3, CA

      1. Sintra closed several years ago iirc.

        1. You can see the rest of the Adega menu by clicking on the little pointy hands at the bottom to go page forward/back. Unfortunately I've never eaten there so I can't help you out any more than that.

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          1. re: Manybears

            THANK YOU! I was so frustrated at that website at the time thinking "this doesn't make sense!"

            1. re: szw

              I also find with Adega the best of the menu (beside the grilled squid, which is a menu regular) is the non-published Daily Specials. They usually include a lobster dish and a couple of fish dishes (one is usually a whole fish).

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

          2. Adega is a good resto IMO but it will be out of your price point unless you just want to share some apps.

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

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            1. re: JennaBean

              Yep I don't want to spend that much...Is there a more casual place with good food? Where do families go out to eat?

              1. re: szw

                Families go to Piri Piri on Dupont - see Dean Tudor post above.

            2. For home-style cooking, I'd go to Banaboia at 501 Rogers Road.

              For more upscale, but not as pricey as Chiado, Via Norte looks interesting:


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

              501 Rogers Rd, Toronto, ON M6M1B4, CA

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              1. re: TorontoJo

                I saw that the owner of Portucale used to own Cataplana, which was fancy and good. Portucale is cheaper and I have seen short notice coupons on Groupon Now (must use same day). St. Clair Ave.

                938 College St, Toronto, ON M6H1A4, CA

                1. re: TorontoJo

                  I've eaten at Via Norte and it's good. I also mentioned it in the past with no responses to my post.

                  This thread is similar to this one: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/788888

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Thank you for that rec foodyD , looks good.

                  2. re: TorontoJo

                    Much appreciated all. That Banaboia is exactly the type of place I am looking for (well if the food is good). I will try that out, and also try out either via norte or portucale so that I can make some sort of comparison.

                    Thanks again!