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Fado Brings a Portuguese Feast to Huntington

That's a Portuguese restaurant peeking out from behind those telephone poles

Fado, a tasty Portuguese Restaurant opened up in Huntington Village just over a month ago. Fond memories of long leisurely meals in the outdoor cafés of the Algarve became almost real again as we stepped into this neighborhood restaurant and caught our first whiff of the kitchen.  Fado delivered on its promise. The proprietress, Alison Nobre was so friendly we felt like she was entertaining us in her own home.  The restaurant is on New Street just south of Main in a small but cozy space.  Soft music played in the background and the walls were adorned with plenty of photos and artifacts from Portugal. Our waitress greeted us immediately with warm rolls in a little cloth bakery bag and took our drink order.  The drinks were soft because the liquor license was still pending.  Alison told us that once the license is in hand she will feature a wide selection of delicious and inexpensive Portuguese wines to complement the fare.

Fado features flaming apps, not to be confused with iPad apps

We started with a house salad, which was very big and full of fresh greens and light vinaigrette.  The grilled squid appetizer had a nice lemony and garlic marinade and it was cooked just enough to stay on the right side of chewy. The squid and salad was really enough for a meal and when our entrees came we were worried that we’d have to quit before dessert. The catfish special was served under a layer of thinly sliced potatoes in a light cream sauce with buttery polenta and green beans.  Like much Portuguese cooking, the seasonings were subtle allowing the freshness of the ingredients to shine through.  We were told that the kitchen buys their seafood fresh daily.  The scallops in a light cream chili sauce with broth-based white rice were equally good. Mildly spicy and cooked just right they also made a great lunch of leftovers the next day.  Although we were pretty sated we had to check out the desserts, which are made daily and change at the whim of the chef. The rich coffee and crème brulee with caramelized sugar topping was a perfect finishing touch to a very enjoyable dining affair.

The secret to the fine cooking you ask?  Authentic secret recipes smuggled into Huntington via Grandma.  Husband and wife team, Eduardo and Alison Nobre have big plans for their restaurant including live music so stay tuned.

For you language mavens, Fado is a Portuguese musical genre characterized by mournful tunes and lyrics, often about the sea or the life of the poor.

Coffee and crème brulee

The dress is casual and the prices are reasonable ranging from $10 to about $30 for entrees. Fado is located at 10 New Street in Huntington Village.  Call for reservations. (631) 351-1010 The current hours of operation are: Mon: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm Wed – Thurs: 11:30 am – 10:00 pm Fri – Sat: 11:30 am – 11:00 pm Sun: 11:30 am – 9:00 pm

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3 comments to Fado Brings a Portuguese Feast to Huntington

  • Alison and Eduardo Nobre

    Hello, Hello. Thank you sooo very much for this amazing review! Your comments, words and thoughts are wonderful and much appreciated! Peg stopped in today to let me know about your review, so we immediatly looked it up. WOW!:-) We have taken on this challenge with pride and are so touched when folks recognize our efforts. Thank you again for taking your time and dedication to creating this kind and generous review. We look forward to seeing you again! All the best! Sincerely, Alison and Eddie

  • Paul

    This place was fanatastic. My pregnant wife & I were there this past Saturday night and our meal couldn’t have been better. I had the rib-eye steak, which was absolutely the largest and most tasties steak I’ve ever had. My wife had the seafood platter, which was incredible. The owners were incredibly nice and extremely friendly. We look forward to going back after baby # 2 is born. Best of luck to Alison & Eduardo. This place is an absolute gem.

  • Marie Santos

    I would like to know if you serve afternoon dinner (as they do in Portugal) also do you have your liquor license if not can we bring our own wine. Please respond

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