Restaurant: Rotisserie Romados
Cuisine: Portuguese/Fast Food/Bakery
Last visited: November 13, 2011
Location: Montreal, Quebec (Plateau Mont-Royal)
Address: 115 Rue Rachel Est.
Subway stop: Mont-Royal
Price Range: $10 or less
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very good 5: Excellent 6: Tres Excellent!!
Service: n/a (take out)
- Since 1994
- Family owned
- “Best” Portuguese chicken in city
- Fresh chargrilled chicken
- Doubles as Portuguese take-out bakery
- Portuguese Charcuterie/cheese available
- Limited menu
- Hole in the wall/dive
- Very casual “fast food”
- Local favourite
- Hidden gem
- Popular/busy at peak hours
- Very limited seating (may have to eat standing)
- Cheap eats/Budget friendly
- Open daily lunch & dinner until I think about 9pm
**Recommendations: Portuguese chicken and fries
My original plan was dinner at Au Pied Du Cochon (PDC), but unfortunately they didn’t have seats until 10:30pm. I was pretty disappointed and I was also pretty hungry since I was anticipating a rich and decadent Quebecois meal of foie gras overload for dinner. It seemed like nothing would satisfy that craving, and the bratty part of me almost wanted nothing for dinner if I couldn’t have PDC.
Being a tourist I was unfamiliar with the area, but I knew I was surrounded with restaurants. It was my last dinner in Montreal, so I didn’t want to risk picking a random restaurant and ending my culinary adventure on a mediocre or bad note.
I had a long list of restaurants I still wanted to try, but I had no idea where they were situated from where I was. So I started wandering the street aimlessly whimpering like a lost dog looking for food.
I was walking down a dark residential street with no destination in mind, and I was about to hail a taxi and head back to the hotel when I noticed this shady hole in the wall dive with people quickly coming and going. I thought it was some illegal operation, but the lights were too bright for shady business. I took a closer look from across the street and oh my gosh…
No Romados isn’t the guy you see coming out, but it’s the name of the place! Romados was actually on my original foodie itinerary and I had randomly found it! My trusted foodie friend who lived in Montreal recommended it. It was described as a take out hole in the wall serving Portuguese chicken at its finest. Seeing Romados was like a shining light!
Montreal has a much bigger Portuguese population than Vancouver and it even has a little Portuguese town, where Romados is to be found. I did take notice to the Portuguese restaurants and the several offerings for rotisserie chicken, so I actually wanted to try one before I left.
This was the only Portuguese chicken I tried in Montreal, but to be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if it was the winner. It’s apparently the “best in town” and all signs were pointing to “hidden gem” and “local favourite” as I witnessed a constant flow of locals lining up for chicken. It was a hole in the wall that you wouldn’t notice unless you were looking for it. I can’t say for certain, but Romados could likely be the Schwartz’s of Portuguese Chicken!
On the table:
I didn’t even know how to order and I literally just said “oui” to everything the butcher said. Chicken? Oui. Frites? Oui. Salad? Oui. And then I had my box.
**¼ Chicken, Salad, Fries – 5/6
- $8 (Portuguese bun included)
- I’ve had better Portuguese chicken than this, but it was home made by a Portuguese family, so it doesn’t count and I still enjoyed this.
- I’m going to take “authenticity” out of the equation and call it what it is. This was “gourmet Nando’s”, but way better!
- I can’t get anything like this in Vancouver, so for me it was fast food at its best!
- Upon ordering the butcher asked if I wanted spicy sauce (Piri Piri sauce) brushed on my chicken. I said “oui” and he ended up “drizzling” (more like drenching) the sauce all over my chicken. Ask for more if you can. It’s not spicy at all, but it’s good.
- The Piri Piri sauce was orange and oily and it tastes like the rendered chicken fat and oils mixed with seasoning salt. It’s good especially with the fries. I like Nando’s Piri Piri sauce better and this just needed some spice.
- The chicken is charcoal grilled in house daily and the bones snapped and it was cooked perfectly. It’s not actually “rotisserie”, but still delicious.
- The chicken was quite plump and moist and so flavourful and tender and likely brined and marinated in lemon before being grilled.
- The chicken skin wasn’t very crispy, but full of savoury flavours that was more than just salt.
- The flavours was of seasoning salt, and it wasn’t apparent with any strong herbs or anything, although the base of it could have been tomato paste and/or paprika.
- The chicken and sauce wasn’t that garlicky or spicy at all and I wanted more garlic and Piri-Piri sauce.
- The only thing missing in this equation was spice, and if I had this chicken with the Nando’s Peri-Peri sauce I would have been on cloud 9.
- If I lived in Montreal I would go back and order it again, and as a tourist I’d cram it in as a “snack” on the foodie itinerary.
Fries – 4.5/6
- When I said “oui” to fries I didn’t know it was going to be enough for 4 people.
- They pile the fries on top of your chicken and it reminded me of how they serve fries at Five Guys Burger & Fries.
- The fries were delicious! They were semi-crispy, but well seasoned with salt, paprika and a bit of black pepper.
- The fries didn’t even need dip or sauce, but it was good dipped in their Piri-Piri sauce.
- The few leaves of salad and wedge of tomato is more like a garnish and it comes drenched in an Italian like dressing but tangier with lemon.
- They served the chicken combos with a complimentary Portuguese bun.
- The bun was cold, hard and not crusty and I’ve had better Portuguese buns than this.
- The inside was soft, but also somewhat dense and not as airy light.
- I tried making a sandwich, but it just didn’t work and it’s not bread I wanted to eat.
- If you’re in Vancouver, try Beira Mar Importers Co. Ltd in Burnaby for excellent Portuguese buns.