Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Churrasqueira Martins: Traditional Portuguese Cuisine

Famous for their fabulous fresh grilled fish and succulent Barbecue Chicken, Churrasqueira Martins is a neighbourhood gem, tucked away in a quiet plaza near Rogers and Old Weston Road in Toronto. Owned and operated by Carlos and Samantha Martins since 1992, Martins imports their fish twice a week from Portugal which arrives fresh on ice, never frozen, and quite possibly serves the best grilled fish and seafood in the city. Simply prepared, cooked to perfection and flavoured with love, the Grilled Squid, C
lams and succulent Grilled Tiger Shrimp are truly outstanding. Relaxed and informal with a fabulous menu of classic Portuguese dishes and extensive wine list including their own brand of red and white wines, Martins sensational cuisine is only matched by their warm, friendly and gracious service. Enjoying a long leisurely lunch on a cold winter afternoon, we had a lovely chat with owner Carlos Martins who travels back to Portugal every February to buy wine for his restaurant and take some quality time to visit family and enjoy the warmth of his country's beautiful Porto region. A gesture of his warm hospitality, he graciously sent over two glasses of Ginja, a traditional Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur, at the end of our meal. Obrigado.

The warm and inviting interior of Martins

Spiced Portuguese black olives

Portuguese corn bread, whole wheat and warm garlic toasts

Martins house white wine, a 2016 Mingora Terras D'Uva Alentejano

Lovely, light and dry with light fruity notes and light straw colour, Martins house wines are a popular choice for their grilled seafood

Amêijoas à Bulhão Pato | Clams in White Wine and Cilantro Butter

Lula Grelhada | Grilled Squid with Parsley Infused Olive Oil

Gambas Grelhada | Grilled Tiger Shrimp

Feijoada, a traditional Portuguese bean stew with pork, chourica sausage and cabbage

Portuguese Carrot Rice | Arroz de Cenouras

Ginja, a traditional Portuguese sweet cherry liqueur

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