Ferreira Café is the infallible reference for Portuguese fine dining in Montreal. Located on Peel Street, in the heart of the Golden Square Mile, Ferreira Café has been serving modern Portuguese cuisine at this famed location for the past twenty years. Classic dishes like fish soup, grilled calamari and roasted black cod have made Ferreira Café a staple of the downtown food scene – popular amongst local foodies, business folk and tourists alike.
After 20 years in business, Ferreira Café has recently undergone a beautiful redesign, trading in some of the traditional elements for a more modern aesthetic. However, history has not been forgotten! The décor still pays homage to the old world, particularly the iconic wall of broken blue and white ceramic plates that welcome guests upon arrival. The ambiance of this restaurant is definitely sophisticated; white tablecloths, leather upholstered chairs and sharply dressed wait staff offering detailed service. The staff are never more than a look away and are both incredibly friendly and extremely knowledgeable about the menu.
The kitchen is run by Chef João Dias, who is also native to Portugal. Chef balances his modern approach to classical Portuguese cuisine, while always staying true to the time-honoured plates that have made Ferreira Café such a success. A very seafood-centric kitchen uses varied techniques to deliver a modern twist on traditional Portuguese fare. Cooking with fish directly from Portugal, the team hand-picks their produce to guarantee only the freshest ingredients make their way onto customer’s plates.
Ferreira Café has an extensive wine cellar of mainly Portuguese wines (rumoured to be somewhere around 5,000 bottles) and what’s even more exciting is their newly implemented Wine Night. Here is the breakdown: every Tuesday night, all Portuguese wines between $60 – $120 are 50% off. Yes, I know, this was music to my wino ears too.
Founded by the charismatic Carlos Ferreira, this decided entrepreneur has brought to life a host of various restaurants and food related businesses that showcase his Portuguese pedigree. Next door to Ferreira Café is the daytime spot Vasco da Gama, which has also recently opened a sister location at Montreal’s Trudeau airport. Located in the Quartier des Spectacles is Taverne F, a tapas-style resto, which is brimming with patrons of the Place des Arts cultural events. Oh yeah, and then there are Mr. Ferreira’s vineyard and olive orchard in Douro, Portugal that supply his restaurants with top quality wines and olive oils. Clearly he’s been busy! Nowadays, alongside his engaging daughter Sandra they jointly oversee operations of the Ferreira empire.
Located at 1446 Peel Street in downtown Montreal, Ferreira Café is open for lunch Monday to Fridays and dinner from Monday to Sunday starting at 5:30 pm. Undoubtedly the restaurant gets packed so have a look on DINR now to see if they have any last minute availabilities.