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“Top Chicken in a Chicken City”
Review of Romados

Romados
Ranked #180 of 5,711 Restaurants in Montreal
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout
Neighborhood: Le Plateau Mont-Royal
Montreal, Canada
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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Top Chicken in a Chicken City”
Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

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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  • English first
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English first
Toronto, Canada
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Worth a visit”
Reviewed December 16, 2012

First time having Portuguese chicken and boy was it delicious, well cooked and the seasoning/saucing was amazing! I didn't expect a fancy classy environment so I knew what I was getting into, the only reason for 4 stars, I thought the staff could use a little smile, they are probably at a point where they will sell regardless of customer service but it will give the extra push they need. To put things into perspective, the next day I went to Piri Piri in the village, it completely pales in comparison, the chicken tastes like something from a metro food court, dry, flavourless, one of the guys tried to charge me extra for something I didn't ask for... it was a combination of bad service and bad food. Well I know now there's only one Portuguese chicken place to go next time I'm in town :)

  • Visited December 2012
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1 Thank fyz2207
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“So worth it!”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

First you have to drive through a seriously trafficky part of town, and then you have to hunt for parking. Make sure not to underestimate at the meter, because you will stand in line. Make sure you know what you want too, because questions are usually treated to blank stares.

But all the aggravation will melt away as soon as you take your first bite of the best Portuguese chicken you are likely to experience. Perfect spices, expertly grilled, quite simply spectacular chicken. Fries are great too. And don't even get me started on those little custards, but I challenge you to eat just one.

There are only a few tables, so plan to pick up and take out unless you like eating with a throng of people standing in line around you. Also, it's helpful to bring a bag or gloves with you . . . most of the time they hand you a piping hot bag of fries and you have to stand in line waiting to pay, all the while burning your hands. Even that turns out to be worth it.

  • Visited December 2012
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2 Thank heartofaskeptic
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Great Exuma
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79 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Worth it each and every time.”
Reviewed December 11, 2012

Every once and a while we go to Montreal to bargain shop for clothes Saturday mornings on Chabanel St. in Montreal. Great deals. Makes us hungry. We pop down to Romados on Rachel near where we used to shop at Paris Starr for great clothing deals now closed.

We pick up at the same time the super Portuguese pastries, esp. the natas [sic] and bread, but also buy a combo meal of 1/4 bbq chicken (1/2 breast and a wing), salad, fries slathered in an oily hot sauce. To die for. This simple meal also comes with a bun and a dessert, this time with a mini pudim flan. All for $8.75 (+tax).

Our only regret is that they don't serve the chicken sandwich on the weekend. It's been too long since we've had one of those.

  • Visited December 2012
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Thank JC O
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“THE chicken place to go to!”
Reviewed November 24, 2012 via mobile

Absolutely the best Portuguese chicken around. There is often a line up, but it goes fast and is 100% worth the wait. It's a small little place which is easy to miss but you can smell the delicious scent of the rotisserie a block away! I come from the south shore and we drive into town especially for Romados. The workers are always pleasant and joke around with you. You get huge portions, and if you like spicy, ask for their spicy sauce on everything it's to die for. It's especially a great place to go to in the summer since the dinning area is very limited you can take your meal to go and walk up to mount royal and enjoy your feast on a picnic table while listening to tamtams.

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Thank HersheyKiss0624
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