Fado Brings Portugal To Huntington
By Danny & Amandaemail@example.com
Bringing a new foreign flavor to Huntington
village, Fado, the newest resident of restaurant row, is quickly
making a statement.
Located at the former home of Rio on New
Street, the Portuguese eatery is named after a genre of music
traced back to 1820s Portugal often characterized by mournful
tales and lyrics often about the sea and longing for a loved
one's safe return. Complete with fresh flowers and candles,
it makes for a romantic atmosphere ideal for date night.
Attention to detail and presentation are
evident throughout the Fado experience. You'll be welcomed
by a dish of olives dressed in oil and garlic and fresh, warm
bread presented in handmade bread bags. Eduardo Nobre, who
owns Fado with his wife Alison, said it's keeping with tradition
- almost every Portuguese kitchen door has a larger version
of that bread bag hanging on the rear of the kitchen door,
ready for the earliest riser to go to the market. The dining
room has received a paint job and the photography is all from
When he decided to open a restaurantt with
his wife, Eduardo called home to Portugal to enlist the help
of his parents, Elvira and Eduardo. The pair owned a restaurant
in Portugal and has been a big help in getting Fado off the
"No plate leaves the kitchen without
her supervision," he said about his mother.
Chourico Na Brasa ($9) is a show in and of
itself - suspended over high-proof alcohol in a ceramic dish,
the server sparks a fire and roasts sausage tableside. You'll
get to see the flames grow in intensity, hear the sausage
crackle in the fire, feel the heat and smell the smoky treat
that's being prepared. The end result is mild, crunchy on
the outside, moist on the inside and not greasy at all.
Salada de Polvo ($10) - octopus salad - is
tender and simply prepared, allowing the seafood flavor to
shine as intended. Croquetes de Carne ($7) are classic comfort
food - tender and savory on the inside, crunchy on the outside
and good all over. Immensely satisfying Bolinhas de Arros
($7), golden-brown fried basmati and mountain goat cheese
rice balls, are enhanced by the shallot cream sauce.
Three of the main dishes are cod, the most
popular fish in Portugual. We had Bacalhau A Bras ($17), tender
shredded codfish, finely sliced potatoes and sweet onions,
tossed with eggs and parsley, and garnished with those wonderful
Carne de Porco A Alentejana ($18) - a favorite of Alison's
- blends tender pork medallions, big, juicy clams, potatoes,
garlic, wine and parsley for a bright, robust plate with a
strong garlic note. Bitoque com Ovo a Cavallo ($17) is tender
and savory, prepared in a brandy sauce and crowned by a fried
egg. If you get a seat close to the kitchen, you'll also hear
the chef pounding your steak in preparation for the grill
- a fun reminder that freshness is king at Fado.
Chocoholics will rejoice over the Darker
Side of Chocolate, and the homemade flan is out of this world
- balanced, creamy and sweet with a touch of honey. Fado also
makes excellent coffee, and offers espresso as well.
Eduardo and Alison said Fado nights are in
the works, utilizing the restaurant's second floor for live
music with wine and cheese. The liquor license is on its way,
the owners said, and we can't wait to see the selection they
present. And they also offer one of the best meal deals in
town - the Lisbon Lunch is a choice of marinated chicken breast,
jumbo shrimp or bitoque for about $10, complete with house
salad and a choice of homemade chips, mashed potatoes, cabbage
rice or fries.