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Very odd Portuguese grilled chicken experience

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wattacetti Sep 30, 2011 08:19 AM

Tried a hole-in-wall Portuguese grill place which I won't name but will say that it's on Rosemont near St-Michel.

The place grills over charcoal using the same butterfly grills that you see at Romados and other joints; things are not cooked to order, but are at least finished with choice of sauces. There's a lot of smoke and the front door is open so I figure that their ventilator isn't working.

Big chalkboard with options. Chicken "plate" comes with quarter leg/breast or half-chicken, and is served with salad *and* fries *and* rice.

Decide to go with the quarter leg, and get a plate with salad and cold fries but no rice (provided on a separate plate when I asked what happened to the rice). The quarter leg, which I expect to be a maryland (thigh with attached drumstick) shows up on the plate as two wings (also cold).

I take a look around me and see that someone's quarter breast plate comes with what looks to be a wing, a back and a neck. I do spot a another quarter breast plate that has a drumstick.

Now I took (and passed) comparative biology and I routinely break down chickens myself, so I'm pretty certain that two wings should not be called a quarter leg. Portioning a quarter-chicken dinner is something that even Ikea gets right but I'm told that the two wings are indeed the quarter LEG plate that I ordered.

Anyway, I'm obviously not going to go back, but has anyone else ever had such an anatomical epic fail for local Portuguese chicken?

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    montrealwaitress Sep 30, 2011 09:40 AM

    This is not a very helpful review unless you name the establishment.

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      wattacetti Sep 30, 2011 09:53 AM

      It wasn't intended to be a restaurant review, and I've already given the locale of the place. It took over the location of the old Restaurant Hoa Dao.

      I'm asking if you or anyone else has had liberties with what constitutes a Portuguese grilled chicken dinner.

    2. Haggisboy Oct 1, 2011 06:43 AM

      I'm still trying to figure out how a post about a specific, if un-named, Montreal restaurant managed to get moved from the Quebec (including Montreal) board to here? I mean, look at the top of the page and check out the posting guidelines "nationally available products, internet & mail-order, national cuisines".

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        wattacetti Oct 1, 2011 03:10 PM

        I was advised that it was from my refusing to explicitly name the restaurant, as that action made my original post "… more of a general issue of what Portuguese chicken restaurants serve"

        I wasn't really aware that Portuguese chicken restaurants were so prevalent around the world. Anyway…

      2. Karl S Oct 1, 2011 03:15 PM

        I guess the Portuguese-Lusophone community in the greater Boston area didn't come from the part of Portugal near Chernobyl.

        1. Quine Oct 1, 2011 03:23 PM

          A wing is a wing and not a leg. Nor do 2 wings a quarter make. I suspect, that something else was going on with the place, What, I have no clue. Since you observed other diners with weird combos as well, at least you know it wasn't personal.

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