Believe it or not, you just might feel transported overseas if you happen to be dining at Pão in the Village! Serving up a truly authentic Portuguese menu, this small, but elegant restaurant really hit the spot for my birthday dinner this past week. My husband and I ordered appetizers to start:
Pastéis de bacalhau (salt cod fritters) for me…
And Caldo Verde soup (potato-based broth with shredded kale and linguiça medallions) for him.
Together with the delicious bread (served in a cute flower-pot bread basket) and a bottle of Alvarinho Vinho Verde (“green” or young wine), these dishes alone were flavorful enough to almost be a meal in themselves. But we had our eyes and stomachs set on having entrees as well.
I had the Porco à Alentejana (pork with clams)…
While my husband had the Bacalhau à Bráz (sautéed cod with egg, onion & straw potatoes).
Both entrees were absolutely delicious (and my leftovers tasted just as good the next day.) Having grown up eating Portuguese home-cooked food, I felt like I was back home. Of course, an added bonus was that our charming waiter was happy to converse in Portuguese with me!
While the dessert menu included many of my favorite Portuguese desserts, there was birthday cake at home; so we opted instead to share a glass of white port wine…an elegant conclusion to a memorable meal!
This post is dedicated to my parents who brought me up with love
and a lot of salt cod.