1446 Rue Peel
Montreal Metro Area, QC H3A 1S8

Ferreira Café

(Between Place Mont-Royal and Boulevard de Maisonneuve O)

Neighborhoods: Ville-Marie
Cuisine: Portuguese, Fine Dining, Seafood

Ferreira Café is a Portuguese, Fine Dining, and Seafood restaurant where most Menuism users came for a business meeting, paid more than $50, and tipped more than 18%.

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 Raleigh, NC

5 of 5 stars (excellent upscale dining).

(see explanation of ratings below)

Not your daddy’s Portuguese place. This is upscale, hip and loud.

Love the leggy, lovely waitresses.

Try the sardines: large and tasty.

The risotto is to die for: served with a leg of duck confit.

About $90 per person, booze included, no dessert, excluding tip.

Chef spends a lot of time in the dining room.

About my ratings:

Only high-priced dining establishments can garner five stars. Until menuism realizes that a fast food joint cannot possibly be ranked equally with a $100 per person place, I need to draw the line somewhere. If we were only talking about the quality and presentation of the food, it would be a different story. But, as we know, menuism’s rankings take into account the entire dining experience.

Therefore, I divide restaurants into three categories (and I wish menuism would do the same):

1) fast food and “fast-casual”, low-priced (no table service).

2) casual, mid-priced dining (table service, average entrée price: $10-$20).

3) fine, high-priced dining (linen napkins, no plastic cups, no TV’s in dining room, average entrée priced at more than $20, can vary depending on the city).

High-priced dining can earn a max of five stars. Mid-priced dining can earn a max of four stars. Fast food can earn a max of three stars.

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 Montréal, QC

Summer in November

I was here for a business seminar at lunchtime. It was held in an upstairs room seating about 50. This room has its own door, next to the main door on Peel; and it is festooned with gold drapes and oversized champagne bottles. Mind the large dark curtain over the stairs, if it’s windy it will flap around dangerously.

On this cold and blustery November day, the menu screamed summertime: lemon mousse cake, light and airy phyllo, asparagus and carrots. My first thought upon reading the table card: girl food. (Yes, the marketing manager, one of the few women in attendance, picked the menu.) There was no choice about the food — pity any vegetarians in our midst!

Service was unobtrusive during the lecture. It started promptly: we were welcomed at 12 noon and the first appetizers appeared at 12:05. Empty plates were collected promptly as well. Look for the ad from partner restaurant Vasco de Gama in the ladies’ room.

Overall, it was a nice meal. The food was different, not something I would have picked out on my own. While I ate everything on my plates, my tablemates left a lot of food behind, particularly with the chicken. I am undecided if I would go back.

crispy goat cheese appetizer

I had never eaten anything like this. Shreds of zucchini, partly peeled and left long like spaghetti, were plunked stingily in the bottom of a large soup bowl. Atop that was a little puddle of melted, grayish goat cheese, and this was covered with shreds of crispy phyllo dough. Pretty, but not satisfying. No sign of the promised black olives and fresh herbs — good thing, I’m not a fan of olives. Next!

chicken stuffed with mushrooms

The generous-sized breast included a small wingbone and a little skin. (Some people got more skin than others.) It was stuffed with at least two kinds of mushrooms — Enoki, left whole, and larger mushrooms cut in long shreds. Also in the stuffing were tiny nuggets of chorizo sausage. For vegetables, there were roast potatoes, long slices of carrot, and asparagus cut very short like canned green beans. (The opposite of what you would expect: long asparagus and short carrot slices.) In deference to the many nice business shirts, pan juices were at a minimum.

I liked the flavors here, although there was a strong aftertaste from the chorizo and a faint bacon flavor throughout. Around my table, there was a lot of food left behind — some took the chicken apart, ate the meat and left the vegetables. One ate the vegetables and left the meat!

vanilla lemon parfait

The name is deceiving. This is not the kind of parfait that is layered in a glass — we received oblong plates. A small rectangle of frozen lemon mousse perched atop a very thin vanilla cake base. On top were two quarter-sized meringue rounds. On the rest of the plate was a tart lemon curd — very puckery! The whole was icy cold and refreshing, but not suited to the season.

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 Montréal, QC

Good bet

Café Ferreira offers high end versions of Portuguese classics such as grilled sardines and bacalhau as well as an inventive seafood driven menu. The seared tuna with foie gras mashed potatoes, for example, might not be traditional, but it is very tasty. Ferreira also offers a great selection of Portuguese wines. Try not to get seated at the back of the restaurant, which is like a troll’s cavern, but push for a seat near the front where it is airier and brighter.


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