Had read favorable reviews of Wai Kei and had been to the other good Portuguese restaurant across the street several months ago. This time I wanted to sample the competition.
I arrived about 6:30 and they apparently don't get busy until after 7 or 7:30, so the ambiance was kind of dead. In fact they were doing noisy repairs in the kitchen, and I almost turned around and left.
Ordered Portuguese style mussels and cabbage with a cheese sauce. The food was skimpy and not at all spectacular. Probably should have gotten some of the roasted meats, since they looked good on other tables. Did have a nice half bottle of Vinho Verde.
Service was pretty casual and not very attentive. Prices were reasonable, but were did not constitute a bargain. It's difficult to fairly evaluate a restaurant when part of the reason for the less than stellar experience might have been because of my own mistakes. I think I arrived too early and did not order wisely.
These two Portuguese family style restaurants, Wai Kei and Porto Exterior, are in a pedestrian street about a block from the Rio. That's the closest landmark for a taxi. In Chinese, Rio is 利澳, in case you need to show it to the driver.
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