Located on busy Peel street, Ferreira’s was full, both in and out when we arrived one Saturday night in September 2018, so we sat at the bar. The place was bustling, the atmosphere good, the waitress superb and the stool comfortable.
The impressive menu featured largely Portuguese fish/seafood dishes but also local favourites such as beef. We opted for the special stuffed courgette flowers and the sardines for starters, followed by seafood rice and the ribeye with vegetables, washed down with a couple of glasses of Santiago white (excellent).
The starters were modest but nicely presented. The duo of courgette flowers were lightly fried and delicately flavoured but I couldn’t taste the crab and they were very small and accompanied by a large, greasy prawn cracker (expensively priced for what you got). The sardines were superbly cooked and tasty, but then it’s hard to go wrong with grilled sardines. The seafood rice comes in an iron pot that keeps it warm and allows you to eat it slowly. It was superbly flavoured and fabulously cooked, with al dente rice and tender shellfish (prawns, scallops, vongole, squid). One slight criticism was that my second helping consisted mostly of rice. The beef was exquisite and generous, the vegetables, char grilled, came with a smoky taste and bite. We ordered an extra glass of red Douro but were too full for dessert.
People were still arriving as we left after 22.00, having settled the C$200 with tip bill, which is not cheap, but the atmosphere, service and food made it palatable.
Tip: probably best to reserve, at least at the weekend, even if you plan to eat late.
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