Portuguese Chicken Place
Portuguese Chicken Place is exactly what it sounds like: a typical churrasqueira dealing in rotisserie and grilled Portuguese-style chicken.
Though the menu essentially and mainly consists of this, there is also the odd rotating special. All recipes come from the matriarch of the family that runs this place, who originally comes from Madeira.
The spot is decked out exactly the way you’d expect, with iconic rooster decor that’s the visual hallmark of places like this.
Traditional churrasco rotisserie equipment is used to cook chickens whole, before they’re divided into leg and thigh or wing and breast sections and kept in warming drawers for super speedy takeout.
A ridiculously hearty half chicken dinner that could easily be split between two people goes for $12.25.
Any dinner includes two sides, a simple fresh salad and classic seasoned veggie rice with our half chicken.
Both the chicken and the rice are moist and not dry at all, and though the chicken skin tends to separate from the meat a bit, it has great flavour.
A quarter chicken dinner goes for $8.75, of course also with two sides. This time we go for potatoes that, while typical of churrasqueiras, have a nice hint of spice to them, as well as some mildly spicy piri piri fries.
While a bit drier than the rotisserie in style, the grilled chicken is still juicy, and the skin is a bit crispier.
Add on a shrimp pie for $1.75 to complete the picture, crispy on the outside and creamy on the inside with a little shrimp in the middle, or a fishy cod cake.
House hot sauces are where the formula diverges a little from the typical churrasqueira, apparently a mix of Indian and Portuguese, flavours thanks to the heritage of the pair of the owners.
Available in hot and mild varieties, the sauces are a little thicker and less acidic than usual Portuguese ones, the flavour profile a little more nuanced.
A fish filet dinner ($9) consists of a battered, pan-fried white basa fish with a simple coating that could be a bit crispier, though the fish inside is delicate and flavourful.
Specials might include unexpected delights like garlicky shell-on shrimp ($14.99) served over garlic rice with lemon. Peeling the shells off by hand provides a rewardingly steamy and sweet no-frills seafood experience.
Finish off a quick and cheap meal here with a mandatory pastel de nata ($1.75) custard tart, made in house.