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Location: 864 College, Toronto, ON
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(416) 538-1910
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Website: http://www.chiadorestaurant.ca
Cuisine: Fine Dining  Portuguese  

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reviewed by mark,   visited on 2006-09-22 ,  overall
One of my top three Toronto dining experiences of all time. Excellent service, incredible menu, and a perfect dining atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Also a great spot for celebrity spotting if that's your thing. Clive Owen was at the table next to us at our last visit, and apparently Cameron Diaz was there the previous week.

reviewed by et,   visited on 2006-09-18 ,  overall
If you haven't got the message yet - Chiado, Chiado, Chiado!
Do order the fresh fish of the day, but also order a serving (to share) of the Pata Negra Prosciutto (from their bar menu - which is separate from their dining menu). IMHO the best 'ham' available anywhere in North America (it also goes well with the Luis Pato sparkler that is available by the glass).

reviewed by NC,   visited on 2006-09-18 ,  overall
Tags: blood sausage
Chiado totally turned me (and my Portuguese SO) on to the blood sausage. I have had it in lots of stews (particularly octopus) and hated it; but when grilled to the point where the skin blisters, it is amazing.

It is $8 for maybe a quarter serving each of blood sausage and linguica at Chiado. Pick the stuff up at the market for a fraction of the cost and throw it on a hot BBQ; delish.

reviewed by NovoCuisine,   visited on 2006-09-17 ,  overall
It's worth the money; great food, service, and atmosphere.

It is the only place I've been to that successfully dialed Portuguese cuisine up a notch. There is a reason it is constantly preached.

reviewed by estufarian,   visited on 2006-08-21 ,  overall
Agree on the piri-piri shrimp!
In general avoid the more 'traditional' Portuguese dishes and concentrate on the more 'nouvelle' styles - albeit using traditional ingredients.

I find the traditional courses are very 'heavy' - in contrast to the newer styles. Hearty food (maybe perfect in winter) rather than elegant. In fairness, this means I haven't ordered them for a few years now, so this could have changed. I theorize that the occasional disappointed review of Chiado relates to the menu choice (and sometimes a little chauvinism on the part of the servers, although the latter has not been at all in evidence on recent visits). And by all means order fish (simply prepared) - I still think Chiado has the best fish in town.
And one item I always order now is the Prosciutto pata negra on the bar menu. Double the price of all other bar items, but a taste that's unavailable anywhere else in T.O. (or North America?) to my knowledge. And it goes perfectly with a glass of the Luis Pato Baga Sparkler (also a rarity in Toronto).

reviewed by hampark,   visited on 2006-08-20 ,  overall
You have to try the Fish. They do whole grilled fish excellently. I remember having an octopus appetizers that was very good. For a main, I'd suggest going for a daily special (of which there usually are several) not something on the menu. I got the impression that they keep the menu pretty basic and add specials to keep it fresh (literally).

reviewed by fed,   visited on 2006-08-20 ,  overall
depends which menu you're ordering from. If it's the bar menu, definitely the piri piri shrimp, and also the chourico selection. If you can spare the cash I would also try out their prosciutto. Marinated sardines, octopus salad, etc etc everything's well done.

If ordering from the main menu, I would definitely order a whole fish. What they have depends on what got flown in from the Açores (literally). I am a fan of the Dourada and Boca Negra.

Sometimes it seems that you have to let them know ahead of time that you want to order from the bar menu...I'm not really sure what the requirements are.

reviewed by TorontoJo,   visited on 2006-07-26 ,  overall
if you really want to check out Chiado, sit at the wine bar and order from their bar/tapas menu. You can have a great meal of small plates and a glass of lovely Portuguese wine for $40 - $50.

visited on 2005-03-15
Recommended by friend from Sao Paulo, Brazil. Food excellent, prices are steep. Some of the BEST Portuguese red wine outside of Portugal.

visited on 2005-03-13
The food was below average, uninteresting, and overpriced. The waiters were unhelpful and the place lacked character.

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