Restaurant is definately a hole-in the wall, Staff was friendly, but the menus they handed us had on the cover in large print "CASH ONLY".So we figured out how much cash we had on hand and ordered accordingly, forgoing appies and dessert. Just ordered entrees and wine. Then when we go to pay we discover that now they have debit, and credit. So change the menus, or at least tell the customers before they order.
I ordered the quail and fries which was very good. My partner ordered the seafood stir fry with Teryiaki sauce, and the vegetables were raw. Believe me this guy likes al dente but these were definately uncooked. He was also served an unopened clam. If the clams don't open, you remove them. You do not serve them to the customer. Yes most people know not to eat an unopened clam, but what if you don't. What if you take your knife tip, pry it open and eat it, treating yourself to shell fish poisoning.
There was an odd ambience since owners/ staff were eating/entertaining in the restaurant. One man who I assume was an owner would every now and then get up from his table and wander back to the Kitchen. You could see part of the kitchen and I could see him get dishes out or meat. I'm thinking how can you do that, have you washed up, are you ready to work in the kitchen. Then he'd wander back out and sit with his buddies and drink wine. I wouldn't return.
Good family style restaurant. Very casual with what looks like it is family run (kids, mom, dad all working). Food is pretty decent, pork and clams very good. Co-diners had the salted cod which was OK. Good chorizo and squid appies.
A bit slow on the service but good place to have a few glasses of wine while you wait.
Had the most amazing traditional Portuguese food the other night and I woke up dreaming about it, thinking I was back home in Portugal! Great food, my favorites grilled squid, chourico, quails and a pork and clam dish- Sauces to droul for - too die for!! Portions are worth the money Server Lady and owner was so great, she greeted our table of 7 promptly with a smile- very hospitable. Water, was served right after the menus were given. Great atmosphere, totally portuguese. Place was busy, nothing lacked what-so-ever, server was always on top of things. Saw the table of older guys laughing and telling jokes while sipping on wine- super nice fellows, def. Regulars, I can totally see why! Be back this week for sure. They are open for lunch and dinner. Can't wait!
We were satisfied with their very authentic and home-made style Portuguese food here. Very good ! I recommend to try this restaurant if you are interested in enjoying real Portuguese style foods, but if you are looking for romantic atmosphere, maybe not the best restaurant... Prices maybe are a bit overly priced.
Loved this place, I felt like I was back home, down the street at our local restaurant! I have been to many Portuguese restaurants and it took the last review on here to make me want to check it out, and I loved it! Great place, was looking for something to link the last review. I am from Porto , north Portugal, kale soup just like home, soul soup and the bitoque was thick and juicy as it is to be. The prawns were mouth watering, loved them just wish my mom was there to peel them for me. The waitress was nice, soccer fan for sure. Interesting enough to say the food is really like my moms home cooking, what I crave out here in vancouver. I made a point to let the waitress know that I wanted to meet the chef, I did. Great chef! I am so coming back for more. Family restaurants like this one put out the best home style cooking. Check it out for yourselves, I did. This is the only restaurant fit to compliment Portuguese traditional food!
A couple of saturdays ago my boyfriend a couple of friends and myself tried this new restaurant. When we entered we were greeted in such a warm a friendly manner, the restaurant is done in a warm green with very nicely done up tables already set for your arrivals. We were seated right away and served some lovely portuguese buns well we were looking over the menu. If you have not been here before the menu is full of wonderful sounding dishes and was so hard to pick from. We ended up splitting some appies first. We had the prawns, that were out of this world, and the smoking chourico that was amazing we loved how they served it on a little pig dish on flames. For the main course we all tried something different so we could share, we had clams and pork, piri piri chicken, halibut, and the sardines. We sure had our money worth of food the portions were perfect. The two women working there were always ready to help us with anything if needed they were wonderful and we have never had such great service. The wines are great also. We have all decided that we shall return to the amazing restaurant again and work our way through the menu. If you would like a wonderful dining experience go try out Casa Verde. Oh we never got to meet the chief but if you get a chance to read this your cooking is amazing and next time we are in we hope you can come out and say he.
I finally set up an account on Dinehere.ca just because I wanted to add my experience at Casa Verde. The first time I went there were four adults and three children under the age of five. Like many parents know it's difficult finding restaurants anywhere in Vancouver were your not frustrated by your kids wanting to get up from the table and wander around while your still eating your meal. A friend read that it was kid friendly and the food was good so we gave it a shot.
For years I've seen the restaurant on Commercial Street (not drive) but have never really known if it was actually open or worth trying. I had never seen anyone entering, leaving or heard of anyone that's actually gone there. I guess part of my fear was if I went in mb I'd never come out, you know kinda Quentin Tarintino-ish. Even tho there's window on the front of the building there's no way you can really look in so you have to just take a leap of faith and open the door and walk inside. As soon as my wife and I walked in our immediate reaction was to smile at everyone, gather the children and slowly move our way backward out the door. Don't get me wrong, it's not like the place is dirty or anything, it's just that it feels like it's a very personal space. The room is not that large and there were mb three tables occupied and at each of the tables were older gentlemen some wearing fedoras others in black rimmed glasses and all of them looking like they were from the Sapranos. The furnishings are pretty bare bones. There's a TV up on the wall and some flags and some Portuguese memorabilia. I suspect Casa Verde's ambiance is authentically Portuguese. I'm thinking "wtf has my buddy got us into"? Before my imagination gets too carried away a very friendly welcome comes our way from behind the bar and we a greeted by who I believe is one of the owners. I tell her we were meeting some friends of ours there who obviously hadn't arrived yet. She tells us their waiting for us and walks us directly towards the Portuguese mafia. I'm just about to clarify the situation when she disappears behind a darkened doorway in the back of the restaurant. Wonderful. We cautiously walk through the doorway and what awaits us on the other side completely dumbfounds me. I've never had a stroke before but It seemed clear that I was in the beginning process. My vision darkened and suddenly bright white lights were floating all around me. Before I could completely black out I focused on the far side of the room and I could see our friends sitting at a large round table smiling a raising their wine glasses. I managed a slight smile back at them before I was completely immobilized......by the absolutely deafening sound of The Beach Boys. Startled I looked around and noticed the source of my stroke, a disco ball hanging from the centre of the room. The music abruptly stopped and then I noticed a man in a leather trench coat standing on a raised platform pressing buttons a small soundboard. He looks over at us and apologizes for the loud music. We sat down with our friends and had a good laugh.
We decided to order a little bit of everything off the menu. We had ceaser salad, pan fried squid, clams, flaming sausage and peri chicken a fries. EVERYTHING was excellent. Ate a fare number of Portuguese buns to soak up the sauce from the squid and clams as well. The kids had a great time too. The disc jockey played all sorts of songs for them and he kept putting on the disco light and some other lighting effects for them. When we arrived we were the only ones in the back room but by the time we left the place getting really busy. When we finished we walked out the rumpus room back into the front of the restaurant. The difference between the back room and front room is absolutely bizarre. The older gentlemen were all sitting back drinking wine and watching soccer. It almost seemed as though they were completely unaware of the existence of the back room. While we were waiting for our change I noticed a couple walk through the front door and stand there uncomfortably wondering what to do. Unfortunately for them the owner didn't make it to them as quickly as she did for us and they were back out the door.
This was our first visit to Casa Verde in the summer of 2009. We went back there last night with the same friends as before and couple that had never been there. This time no kids. We sat in the front room this time and had an equally enjoyable evening. Excellent food and drinkable Portuguese wine. I could swear the same gents were sitting at back tables but this time they were watching the hockey game. I could tell that our friends who were there for the first time were a little weary at first but both loosened up and agreed the restaurant was a Vancouver gem.
This is a restaurant that all adventurous diners should go to. It's not for people who like eating at chain restaurants or want to eat out a trendy spots. Casa Verde really seems to be a little bit of a East Van secret and the only way you'll experience it is if you take that leap of faith and walk through their front door.
I've been here a few times now, and it reminds me of Portugal -- you can count on the fact that the food will be really tasty, just like your grandma would make... if she was Portuguese... The piri piri chicken is definitely worth the effort to pre-order; but everything we've had so far has been great. The service is great -- go there a couple of times and they treat you like family; only you don't have to do your own dishes. Definitely a must try for a casual night out. Be warned, the kitchen closes at 7 on week nights.
The regulars sit and drink wine, watching the satellite TV (which is loud) and discuss the events of the world like they were in Portugal. The people who know what is here have called in advance to reserve their dish of Piri-Piri BBQ chicken. Sarah will greet you and give you a hug, if you have been here before. The dish is served only weekends and you gotta reserve a portion, or you wont get any - that popular. If you miss out, the rest of menu offers some spectacular samples of Portugese flavour. Highly Recommended !
after an hour of waiting for the water we asked for upon arrival (however we were served the wine we ordered) our appetizer soup arrived. The soup was extremely hot, but tasty nonetheless. Nothing over-the-top. A nice, simple, creamy kale soup. About half an hour later the steak with homemade chips and side salad arrived. The chips were oily. The medium steak we ordered was served to us rare. And the salad was just iceberg lettuce with a dressing! Unfortunately our bill was just shy of fifty dollars, for what I could have made at home - ten times better.
It was quite disappointing. The soup was warm to cold. The fish was quite bland (almost flavourless) and not thin enough as it should be. The Zurcher was okay but nothing more. We asked one waiter for some water after our dinner and he never came back with it. Another waiter who took our dessert order did not know much information about the desserts. Overall not worth the high price we paid for it.
I went for lunch last year for the first time to Casa Verde and was completely disappointed! The decor is old, outdated and overflowing in forest green. The walls and floors looked like they hadn't ever been cleaned. Which made me wonder what's the kitchen like. I started with the Caldo Verde soup which had absolutely no flavour and had to add an enourmous amounts of food to it. I then had the bitoque which is supposed to be a 3 thinly sliced steaks with a au jus and french fries. When it came it look ok except it was 1 gigantic and thick piece of meat. Then I cut into it and it was blood red! The au jus was a gravy out of the can. The only edible thing on the plate was the fries. I was completely appalled with the meal especially since the owners are portuguese! But have absolutely have no clue about portuguese cuisine
I have never been back and will never be back!