Montreal has some great chicken (and it's roast chicken we're talking about). Everything from the commercialized St. Hubert and Scores to the praised Chalet BBQ encapsulate what roast chicken means to Montrealers. Then there is Romados. Romados specializes in Portuguese roast chicken. For those of you who don't know, the Portuguese have turned roasting chicken into an art.
Romados, from both the outside and inside, doesn't look like much. Actually, you would probably walk by it if you didn't know what it was. There are about three tables to sit at (if you're lucky enough to do so), two lines to order from (for this who have and have not called ahead), and one cash where you pay. It's all quite simple.
Now the food. Although I'm aware that there are specials (cod cakes, pork roast), I've only had the chicken. The chicken is served whole, half, or quartered. Included is salad, homemade fries, and rice (leave it to the old school Portuguese to serve rice and potatoes). The fries are good, they're thick cut, more soft than crispy and generously spiced. The salad is nothing special as is the rice. Now the chicken.
Romados chicken is slow roasted over charcoal. Nicely spiced with tons of garlic and basted in their famous piri piri sauce, the result is a deliciously moist chicken. When served, the chicken is again generously slathered in their piri piri sauce. The sauce itself is not overly spicy, rather it adds a lot of depth to an already delicious piece of meat.
Romados is worth a visit, revisit, re-revisit. The chicken is absolutely out if this world. The price is also phenomenal. You get more than you pay for. Two can easily share a half chicken meal for under $10.00.
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