I had the dinner the other night at the Azorean and I definitely recommend it – well-prepared, unpretentious bistro-style food – only, of course, Portuguese instead of French. Plus an appealing dining room, good prices, and very friendly service.
We spilt a starter of the mussels and splitting was a good idea – for one, it might have been too big a starter. Mild but flavorful, with a nice mix of seasonings, and peppers, onions, tomatoes.
For mains, I had the pork and clams, and my husband had a fixed fish platter.
The Carne de Porco A Alentejana (pork and clams)_ was very good - a very nicely judged sauce, with bay leaves in it. The dish is substantial, and arrives under an avalanche of diced sautéed potatoes. The fisherman’s plate was good – a mix of monkfish , shellfish etc, but we did favour the pork and clams.
Price points: appetizers around $9; mains: pork around $17, seafood $22; wine $8 a glass.
And I seized the opportunity to continue my crème caramel tour of universe; this was smallish, goodish version at $4.
Service was very friendly. And the flan arrived with “The Azorean” spelled out on the side of the dish in caramel – a nice "we have pride in this place" kind of detail. As well they should. Recommended!
Azorean Restaurant & Bar
133 Washington St, Gloucester, MA 01930