#49 Chiado


At first glance, Chiado comes off like your grandmother’s apartment that needs a makeover yesterday: Queen Anne chairs and a lot of beige, servers of a certain age — all about as unhip as you can get. But it turns out the servers are courtly beyond belief. Of course they ask you to taste your wine even if it’s only a glass. You want half raw, half grilled sardines? Your wish is their command. The raw sardines are shockingly delicate, marinated in fruity Portuguese olive oil with lemon and coriander; the grilled are impeccable. Chiado is one of the three best fish restos in Toronto. Their spicy piri-piri sauce will turn you off churrasco for life. Painted on quail, it’s fab. On fresh monkfish or huge shrimp, it’s transcendent. Fat octopus tentacles are gentled into erotic tenderness. Lobster, perfectly cooked, sits pretty on perfect saffron risotto. They grill whole sea bass from Portugal. This is a serious restaurant.

  • Chiado
  • 864 College St., Toronto (map)
  • 416-538-1910
  • www.chiadorestaurant.com/

  • Chef: Manuel Vilela
  • Sous Chef: Adolfo Faria
  • Cuisine: Seafood
  • Cost of dinner for two: $160
  • Hours: Mon. to Fri. 12 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., Mon. to Sun. 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Reservations: Yes
  • Meals served: Lunch, dinner
  • Veggie-friendly: Yes
  • Wines available: 300+
  • BYOB?: No
  • Patio: No
  • Private party area: Yes
  • Wheelchair accessible: No
  • CC accepted: Yes
  • Parking: Street parking available, valet parking available
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