Restaurant: A Quinta BBQ
Restaurant type: Portuguese, seafood, grilled meats
Prices: $4-$38 entrées, $11-$25 mains, $5-$6 desserts, wine bottles starting at $28
Date: Friday January 31st 2020
Table of: 2
My favorite dishes: grilled octopus + pasteis de nata + grilled chicken
Last month, I had the pleasure of trying A Quinta BBQ as their guest! A Quinta is located on Ontario street just passed Papineau avenue, so just on the outskirts of the Village. Don’t judge the restaurant by its cover, as Riccardo is one heck of a grill master. A Quinta offers great traditional and authentic Portuguese dishes, in a rustic and casual setting. Here are the dishes we had the pleasure of trying:
- Mixed grilled vegetables with goat cheese crumble, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
- Cod cakes
- Portuguese style mussels
- Portuguese style poutine with chorizo, chicken and piri piri sauce
- Grilled octopus [entrée portion]
- Grilled calamari [entrée portion]
- Cheese cake
- Pasteis de nata
- House white & house red wines
- Grilled chicken with piri piri sauce [purchased for my family]
We had a great dinner at A Quinta, where Riccardo chose a selection of some of his best and most popular dishes for us (along with a couple requests on our end). I’m always open to suggestions, but I do prefer choosing my own dishes, as my favorites all ended up being dishes I requested on top of what was served. With that said, everything was good and we pretty much ate everything.
My first favorite was the grilled octopus, which was perfectly grilled, charred and seasoned; executed to perfection. I also really like the pasteis de nata, served warm with a sprinkle of cinnamon. The tart itself was buttery and crispy, and the custard filling rich, smooth and warm. I also ended up ordering a whole grilled chicken with piri piri sauce to take back to my family at home and it was the best thing on the menu. The chicken could not have been grilled any better and you could really taste that smokey charcoal taste all over it. It was also covered in a (non-spicy) piri piri sauce, which was perfect. Even though I bought the chicken for my family and I was full from dinner, I ended up eating some because it was just too good.
We also really enjoyed the mixed grilled vegetables, as they were all vegetables we love and they were perfectly grilled. I’d never had my grilled veges with goat cheese so that was a nice contrast is texture and taste, that I really liked and look forward to replicating myself this summer when I can use my BBQ (: The cod cakes were quite good and nicely seasoned, but I would have preferred more of a “croquette” and crunchier exterior. The Portuguese style mussels were also very good and came lathered in a rich tomato sauce with onions. I really liked the Portuguese style poutine with the piri piri sauce, it was a nice flavourful additional to regular gravy and the fries were homemade and delicious. However, the chorizo could have used some grilling, which would have bumped this dish into my favorites for me. The grilled calamari, just like every other grilled item, was perfectly grilled, but a bit overcooked to my liking. Cheese cake wise, I don’t eat cheese cake, but my friend Leila loved it and devoured it all. The quality of the house wines was surprisingly very nice (the white one more so than the red one) and we enjoyed two glasses each.
Overall, the food was really good and I highly recommend anything grilled at A Quinta. Like I said, Riccardo is a real grill master and I’m hard to please when it comes to “grilled” foods (but also, I hate when restaurants say “grilled xyz” dish and you get something that is not grilled, like, don’t say its grilled then). If you’re looking for a good, affordable and casual Portuguese restaurant, A Quinta has you covered. Their Portuguese chicken is also, in my opinion, one of the best in the city and a must try!
*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