Friday, August 4, 2017

Churrasqueira Martins: Superb Portuguese Seafood

Owned and operated by Carlos and Samantha Martins since 1992, Churrasqueira Martins Grill House is a neighbourhood gem, tucked away in a lacklustre plaza near Rogers and Old Weston Road in Toronto. Famous for its fabulous fish and succulent Barbecue Chicken, Martins imports their fish twice a week from Portugal which arrives fresh on ice, never frozen, and serves quite possibly the city's best whole grilled fish and seafood in the city. Cooked to perfection and flavoured with love, the Grilled Octopus is the best in the city. Relaxed and informal with an outstanding menu of over 60 Portuguese classics and extensive wine list including their own wine brand of house red and white, Martins sensational cuisine is only matched by their warm, friendly and gracious staff, helpful with any menu recommendations and attentive to our every whim. 

Arriving for a weekend lunch on a hot sunny summer afternoon, we began with complimentary plates of Presunto, a traditional dry-cured ham from Portugal, as well as heaping bowls of spiced olives, as we enjoyed a bottle of Martins house white wine, followed with an assortment of appetizers including delicious Grilled Squid topped with parsley infused olive oil, an impressive platter of gorgeous Grilled Tiger Shrimp and Chouriço à Bombeiro, grilled smoked Portuguese sausage that arrives flaming in Aguardiente, nestled on a terracotta-shaped pig. Entrées are equally delicious, such as Martins generous Grilled Octopus, and their traditional Arroz de Cabidela, a Portuguese Chicken Stew made with chicken blood and served with rice. Not to be missed are Martin's Pastéis de Nata, Portugal's famous custard tarts which are served hot from the oven, as they are freshly baked per order. Open seven days a week, there is absolutely no place outside of Lisbon to find better grilled fish and seafood than Churrasqueira Martins. We have become so addicted to their sensational seafood and warm hospitality that, with our greatest restraint, we limit ourselves to only one visit per month.

Martins House White Wine

The warm and inviting interior of Churrasqueira Martins

Lula Grelhada - Grilled Squid Topped with Parsley Infused Olive Oil

Gambas Grelhada - Grilled Tiger Shrimp

Chouriço à Bombeiro - Grilled Smoked Portuguese Sausage Flaming in Aguardente

The sausage is served sliced into small bite size morsels

Polpo Grelhado

Chef Salad with Mix Greens, Pineapple, Goat Cheese, Red Onion and House Dressing

Arroz de Cabidela - Portuguese Chicken Stew with Rice

Pastéis de Nata - Portuguese Custard Tart, freshly baked per order