My wife and I spent our summer holidays in Portugal for the first time last year, and enjoyed the people and food so much. Following that, we wanted to find an authentic Portuguese restaurant near to us, and were happy when we discovered Casa Verde in Vancouver.
What we found there was the type of small family restaurant that we really enjoy, so similar to what you often find in small towns in Europe. The people at Casa Verde very friendly, and the daughter who served us made us feel right at home.
We found the food to be delicious and very authentic. It was certainly a good sign that the other customers were Portuguese and conversing in their native language.
The dishes that we started with were the chouriço sausage flamed in liquor, the small squid sautéed in garlic and olive oil, the pasteis de bacalhau (salted cod croquettes), and the grilled sardines. For the main course, we shared the grilled bacalhau covered in sautéed onions with a garlic and olive oil sauce on the side. For dessert, we had the flan, and after finished with bica (like espresso).
The wine we chose was the Grao Vasco, from the Dao region, which is a very good and reasonably-priced red wine.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience, and look forward so much to returning there. This restaurant is highly recommended to those who like authentic Portuguese food and simple family restaurants without any pretensions.
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