Thursday, 18 October 2012


178 James Street North, 905-777-8490,   Open Tuesday to Sunday Noon - 10 p.m.

I and several of my friends went to Ventura's Restaurant on James Street North in Hamilton.  It is an authentic Portuguese restaurant that is famous for it's fish platters and Portuguese dishes.  It is a charming restaurant and quite large and comfortable inside (and very clean). We began with some rather ordinary buns, a variety of appetizer dishes including sardines, mussels, grilled calamari and shrimp.  We followed this with a number of Seafood Platters from their menu, which included lightly fried whiting, sword fish, jumbo tiger shrimp, mussels, rice and cubed potatoes.  Many of the fish items were not filleted and had bones that makes me rather hesitant and slow in eating.  The shrimp and whiting were good but not very filling. Unfortunately I am allergic to mussels and do not really like sardines, however the group appeared to enjoy them.
We completed the meal with Portuguese custard tarts (which are amazing) and espresso.  The owner Virgilio Ventura is a great host and very entertaining.  We had a number of bottles of Portuguese red wine.  We decided to go with a platter style serving, so our bill with taxes and tip was $40 each.

It was a good meal all around in a very nice Portuguese restaurant, with some good friends.

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