Recently in Newfoundland for my uncle's 90th birthday, my cousins decided to treat me to some traditional dishes at what my cousin considers the best place to do so in St. John's. He was right! Bacalao was a wonderful choice of restaurants.The food was delicious, offering a wide selection of traditional Newfoundland fare. We went for lunch and had no problem getting a reservation the night before. The decor is gorgeous...with intimate rooms and tables, complete with fireplaces and Newfoundland artwork. All very warm and welcoming, as was the excellent reception and service. My uncle had his favourite; Cod Tongues, which he said was the best he'd had in a very long time (and he IS 90!). I had Fisherman's Brewis, a very traditional dish in this province. It was out of this world if you are a lover of fish. Back in western Canada now, I am still dreaming of it! Everyone enjoyed their meals, even my cousin's wife who chose a non fish delicacy. The portions were perfect and the presentation beautiful. I took left overs home in a special Bacalao bag. Interesting notables - the sides of the bar were decorated with an old ceiling made of pressed tin. Above the bar was a clever sign which I will include as a picture. Bacalao is DEFINITELY worth a visit on your trip to Newfoundland. You must savour the food that is part of Newfoundland's heritage.
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