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Sunset, East Cambridge

Limster | May 1, 2003 01:04 AM

Was glad to share some Portuguese chow with Jaweino and Mrs Jaweino, who usually inhabit the SF Board.

The clams are bigger here, not the quarter sized ones that are more common in Portugal, but they were good, cooked in white wine and garlic and parsley and shallots, briny and vegetable sweet.

The plate of sausage and fava beans is large and hearty, with good firm beans and sausage with slight crumbly interiors. The blanket of sauce is brown and spicey, smokey and satisfyingly sweet with soft browned onions.

Mrs Jaweino's pick of pork with clams and potatoes is one of the best I've tasted so far in the area. Perfect potatoes, nicely fried cubes crispy on the outside, firm flavourful pork, good clams, and a well calibrated mix of piquant spices in the sauce made for delicious nourishment.

Goat was Jaweino's choice, also well rendered. Like many good Portugese dishes, it's straightforward and simple, with a good earthy gaminess from the goat slow cooked and smooth.

I liked how the rice tomato and seafood was served in a pot brought to the table, reminding me of a fabulous lunch with arroz de polvo and a bread stew (açorda??) served similarly that I had in a seaside restaurant near Lisbon. I thought the half lobster was an unnecessary extravagance, but loved all the shellfish (scallops, mussels, clams). A basic dish, but it grew on me like a moon drawn tide. Really relished the near soupy tomatoey soft rice and the surface tang from the lemon.

We finished with desserts at Oleana, but you already know how much I love their desserts; there's little to add in that regard.

next on the list: Portugalia.


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