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Nov 4, 2011 07:15 AM

Churrasco Portugril moving from Birchmount & Danforth to Eglinton & Bermondsey

I've often thought life should work this way, but now it's happening. A restaurant moved closer to me.

Is this a good thing or a bad thing? I'm thinking the endless bifana pipeline could be pretty dangerous.

1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K, CA

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  1. Are you 100% its a move and not a second location?

    i seen the new one as well.

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    1. re: plug

      It does scroll across the top of the web page saying MOVING....

      1. re: Spelunk

        OH .. thanks... my browser on phone didn't have that ticker.. on my pc is fine.

        my mistake.

        1. re: plug

          Nice! I'm only a 10 min drive(Y&E). How good is it?

          1. re: petek

            This is what I'm trying to find out. Is it any good?

            1. re: Googs

              I enjoy their chicken ... it isnt' better than the ones along st.clair/college
              buts its still juicy and flavourful .. but better than the one at st.lawrence market.

              1. re: plug

                I agree the chicken is good. I heard the ribs are good as well, when I'm there picking up chicken people are ordering.

                Great a decent place is moving further from me. Oh well better make a pit stop soon before they move.

                1. re: tdotmaca

                  "Great a decent place is moving further from me"

                  bad news for some(you) good news for others(me) :It's probably still closer for you than to schlep down to College or St.Clair+ better parking..

                  I think I'll give em a week or 2 to settle in to their new digs before I check it out.

                  1. re: tdotmaca

                    Looked at another way, this is an opportunity for a mini-chow meet.

                    1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K, CA

      2. Eglinton location is now open and was quite busy tonight.

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        1. re: BJC01

          You know, I had just about the worst day possible yesterday. All I hoped was that one good thing would happen. That'll do it. It's the simple stuff.

          So did you eat or just observe? How was it?

          1. re: Googs

            I had the rotisserie chicken (whoopass hot as they call it) and fries to go. It was great and very juicy but I had hoped to get the Churrasco chicken but they ran out of it just as I got there (at 7:30pm). They said it was way busier than the old location and I guess they didn't expect the demand. It took about 20 minutes before I even got to order but lots of people were new I guess and were asking the cashier lots of questions. The signs above/behind the cashier that explain what certain things are have very small type and were too far away for most people to read I think (particularly the sign on the far right).

            1. re: BJC01

              They've had the tenants of 3 mid-rise condos *directly* across the street with their eyes focused on the 'opening soon' sign waiting... hoping. It shouldn't have surprised them at all. I think a lot of people around here are tired of having their choices limited and tastes underestimated.

              For their sake and mine, I hope the demand keeps up and they figure out the supply.

              Thanks for the quickie review. I'll drop by this week .

        2. Hey kids!
          I haven't been since the move, but used to jaunt down semi-regularly to grab some grilled chicken with hot sauce and roast potatoes. Maybe not the best ever, but very solid and always hit the spot. The owner seemed a nice-enough fellow, too, when he wasn't stressed and swamped :-)

          Love me some churrasco, in ALL it's different styles - from Churrasco Villa at Mt. Pleasant & Eg to Bairrada on College to Bairradino on Lansdowne... but PLEASE lord, no Nandos!!!

          Can't wait to check out the new location of PortuGrill!

          1. Glad to see this place has opened. I've seen the sign for weeks now.

            Has anyone been to Estrala on Keele?? If so, how do they compare. Also, how does it compare to Barradinho (or whatever it's called) on Lansdowne??


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            1. re: Davwud

              I've been to Estrela once and found the chicken tasty but a bit dry...I always find chicken like this a bit dry because they rarely serve the chicken directly off the spit/rotisserrie. They usually give chicken from the holding drawer.

              I make my own Franks Red hot marinated and basted rottiserie chicken on my BBQ (it has a back burner) and nothing compares to it in juiciness so I'm a bit biased.

              My comments re dryness are the same for Rotisserie Romados in Montreal.

              Will have to try this place out some day but I'm still pining for Goody's which I have yet to try and that's first on my list.

              1. re: LUV_TO_EAT

                I've had the chicken at Estrela a few times and it's never been dry.


                1. re: Davwud

                  Not dry , but the chickens seem to be getting smaller at Estrela's

            2. Is it too early to ask if anyone has a recommendation for Portugril?

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              1. re: Googs

                Just more of a bump.

                Did you get a chance Googs (we've been out of town)? And I also also pleasantly and gradually working my way thru the Scarb list.

                1. re: kerwintoronto

                  I've been and I like it. I think they're still finding their stride. The bifana isn't as exciting as the one served at the St Lawrence Market churrasco, but otherwise a very welcome addition to the neighbourhood. I suspect I'll invent a reason to go weekly such as, "oh I haven't tried that yet. Well, I guess I'll put my boots on".

                  If you're wondering if you should test it yourself, let me tell you this. The chicken sandwich is half of a rotisserie chicken deboned right in front of you and served on a large, Portuguese bun. $7.49 plus taxes. Seriously.