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Portuguese Restaurant...can't afford chiado

szw Sep 27, 2011 06:30 PM

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

  1. TorontoJo Sep 29, 2011 04:11 AM

    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
      Vinnie Vidimangi Sep 29, 2011 05:06 AM

      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
        foodyDudey Sep 29, 2011 05:19 AM

        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
          szw Sep 29, 2011 10:55 AM

          Thank you for that rec foodyD , looks good.

        2. re: TorontoJo
          szw Sep 29, 2011 10:56 AM

          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!

        3. j
          JennaBean Sep 28, 2011 08:39 AM

          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
            szw Sep 28, 2011 08:59 PM

            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
              estufarian Sep 29, 2011 06:23 AM

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

          2. Manybears Sep 28, 2011 08:31 AM

            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
              szw Sep 28, 2011 08:55 PM

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

              1. re: szw
                LearningHow Sep 29, 2011 05:27 AM

                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. iMarilyn Sep 28, 2011 07:55 AM

              Sintra closed several years ago iirc.

              1. d
                Dean Tudor Sep 27, 2011 08:15 PM

                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. d
                  dmartins123 Sep 27, 2011 07:03 PM

                  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
                    prima Nov 2, 2011 03:32 PM

                    Has anyone tried Ilhas de Bruma yet?

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