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Banaboia - Fantastic service, great food but why the wine markup?

chef_vegabond | Dec 23, 200908:12 AM

Just moved to the area and was very happy to see a licensed restaurant in the immediate area.
Last week my girlfriend and I not wanting to go home and cook after a grueling day being out and about decided to give Banaboia a try.
You couldn't be made to feel more welcome, warm and homey decor, I wish more Toronto restaurants were like this, like more Portuguese restaurants, beautiful bread with olives, a soft young cheese, olive oil and butter. I ask for a wine list, there is no wine list because they are currently updating it, I can see their reds all in a row (even though we are opting for the bacalhau we want a light red because it's cold outside). I notice one of my favourite cheap and cheerful that I pick up at the lcbo sometimes, Alandra, it's $8.00 on the shelf, I don't bother to ask their price, after all, how much can it possibly be. I order the Bacalhau a Vianense, roasted salt cod with sauteed onions on top in a tomato sauce surrounded by homefries, my girlfriend orders Bacalhau Cozido, plain and simply poached salt cod (both $18.75). We're loving it, portions are massive even to Portuguese standards, we wished we had a bowl of soup, maybe a started then split a main, we'll do that next. Only real complaint, they could of pin boned the cod fillets. Other than that, perfection! I had an espresso after, the best I had in this new neighbourhood of ours and at $1.95, I haven't seen that on a restaurant bill since 1999.
The only real bone I have to pick with Banaboia is their wine mark up. The Alandra red came to $29.95. Yes I should of asked and I have only myself to blame but still, that's a near 400% mark up!

501 Rogers Rd, Toronto, ON M6M1B4, CA

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