#57 Chiado


It’s feeling tired these days, still with the Bubby dcor. The place hasn’t had a facelift in years, the dcor is outdated and the servers are less than attentive… perhaps they’re bored? But Chiado still serves some of the best fish in town. They bring it in fresh from Portugal in great variety, and the kitchen does it up fine. The grilled octopus is shockingly delicate, dressed in fruity Portuguese olive oil with lemon and coriander. 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. Lobster, perfectly cooked, sits pretty on perfect saffron risotto. They grill whole sea bass from Portugal. This is a serious kitchen. Too bad the front of the house is pass.

  • 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 late
  • 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: Valet and street parking available
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