Restaurant: Porto Mar
Restaurant type: Portuguese, seafood, fancy, table d’hôte
Prices: $6.95-$12.50 entrées, $25-$58 mains, wine bottles starting at $29
Date: Saturday January 26th 2019
Table of: 2
My favorite dish: spicy shrimps + grilled shrimps
A few weeks back, Dini @dini_the_foodie_mtl and I got to try Porto Mar as their guests! Porto Mar is a fancy yet rustic-looking Portuguese restaurant located in the heart of Old Montreal. They serve very traditional and authentic Portuguese dishes like grilled calamari, seafood rice, bacalhau, grilled Portuguese chicken and more.
Dini and I are both big fans of seafood, so we pretty much ordered just that (and desserts, Dini loves desserts lol) :
- Camarão picante (spicy shrimps)
- Chouriço grelhado (grilled chorizo)
- Lulas grehadas (grilled squid)
- Camarão grelhado (grilled shrimps)
- Framboesas quentes sobre gelado (hot raspberries over ice cream)
- Pasteis de Nata (Portuguese cream tart)
- Mousse de chocolate (chocolate mousse)
- House white wine (private import)
Dini and I had a fun girls night just the two of us dining at Porto Mar, accompanied by some excellent service. My favorite dishes were both the shrimp dishes, which were delicious. There weren’t a lot of them, but the spicy shrimps had just the right amount of heat to them. The grilled shrimps, served over a bed of rice and with a side of vegetables were very good too, especially lathered in garlic butter and with a touch of fresh lemon juice. Unfortunately, I was a tad disappointed with the grilled calamari, which needed more charring in my opinion. However, the side dish of baked potatoes that accompanied them were excellent; some of the best potatoes I’ve ever had. They were sliced thinly and full of caramelized-like onions; it was like a potato and onion bake, so good! The chorizo was good too, but also could have used some more grilling. Desserts were good, but nothing out of the ordinary. I really enjoyed the house white wine (private import), which is often a hit-or-miss pick. The house red was very good.
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*This restaurant post does not contain my usual restaurant review criteria of restaurants, as this is a sponsored post where I was invited to the restaurant as a guest.
*All photos and comments are mine