Monday, September 27, 2010
Piri Piri: A Wonderful Night of Portuguese Fish and Wine
First the Food
The restaurant is very handsome with a fine staff, Joao was our friendly waiter for the evening. The menu is classic Portuguese. One of the owners, Roy, came to greet us and spoke of his family and a recent trip to Portugal. We felt very relaxed and welcomed. I'm sure things went so well in some measure since Mary is Portuguese and can speak and banter with the staff.
We were first served what I think was some very good traditional Portuguese hard bread and rolls. I've loved this bread since we first visited Mary's family on Madeira Island in 1971. The bread was served with spicy olives and marinated carrots. The carrots were fabulous.
The main course for Mary consisted of a bacalao (cod fish) with peppers, onions and boiled Portuguese potatoes. Mary noted happily that the bacalao was not as salty as normal. The only negative was that the cod was every so slightly dry. It was a very enjoyable dish.
Not being Portuguese I thoroughly confused the waiter by ordering an appetizer for dinner. With some coaching and a growing awareness on my part it all worked out. I ordered octopus. It came sliced into small pieces in mild sauce and served with broccoli rabe, broccoli, carrots and the most delicious boiled and then fried potatoes. The octopus was done perfectly and was delicious. I spiced it up with a mild but tasty piri piri sauce our waiter shared with us.
Now the Wine
We highly recommend Piri Piri. The food is very good, moderately priced and served in ample quantity. It's located at 100 Herricks Rd in Mineola, Long Island. The phone number is 516 873-9277.