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Ideal Restaurant (Portuguese Cafe)

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Ideal Restaurant (Portuguese Cafe)

Pam | Sep 2, 2001 10:33 AM

Neither of these is the name on the sign of the Portuguese restaurant at 738 Adams where we ate last night (although the phone number is listed under Ideal rest, I think), nor were the circuitous directions from AOL yellowpages efficient. There were some real highlights to the meal. We did make reservations (probably not necessary at 7-7:30, but the place filled up later). The flaming chirozza (sp!) was a large sausage truly flaming --so much so, that the waitress had to remove it from the table immediately after placing it there because the overhead fan fed the flames! It was amusing. The meat itself was a very dense consistency, smokey as it should be, with no discernable filler. (We had half of it for breakfast this a.m.; sausage is a misnomer. It was solid meat in a sausage casing and quite good). I won with the grilled quails, two perfectly cooked birds sauced with a spicy red garlic sauce (not to be mistaken for a marinara, nor seasoned with tabasco, but with a pleasant kick). My husband ordered the paella and I had the mariscado (same seafood as the paella, but in a parsley, cilantro broth). When these servings were described as huge, there was no understatement. The menu explains that there is a $4 charge for shared entrees -- do it. This is more food than you can believe! I liked it, don't get me wrong, but there was just too much of a good thing! Platters (which were individual servings at neighboring tables) were similarly heaped(!). Unreal! We did see normal portions at one adjoining table and think that they may have had a single fish dish (the way I will go next time). Portuguese wine described as green wine sold by the bottle ($15) was a dry, crisp excellent choice. Good coffee and flan (shared) finished the meal. The Cafe Espresso at the other end of the mall (aka Lisbon Madrid) has closed.

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