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Adega’s Taste of Portugal

By Chris Fleck Photos By Chris Fleck
August 12, 2012

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Bacalhau Adega ($22)

Adega Portuguesa owner Trigo da Silva came to Hawaii in 2007 to continue his career as a journalist. After getting acclimated to the Islands and our diverse cultures, da Silva made a decision that Honolulu, with a rooted Portuguese community, needed to bring more attention to the experience of his people and upbringing.

“I am trying to share with them our culture, our food, our music and language. On one hand I was missing my food, and on the other hand I spoke to these people, some who never have been to Portugal, and they keep saying I am proud to be Portuguese,” says da Silva.

Adega’s menu focuses on many traditional, staple dishes of Portugal. To get to the heart of a Portuguese menu you don’t have to look any further then Bacalhau, considered by some to be the national dish of the country. Bacalhau Adega ($22) is a colorful, flavorful dish centered around a boneless filet of salted and seasoned cod fish. The cod is topped with red peppers, garlic and onions. It is served with roasted red potatoes and a hearty mix of sauteed vegetables.

No Portuguese meal should go without entertainment. Adega has live music each night, and this Saturday renowned fado singer Josephine Carreira will perform at 8 p.m. “Josephine is a local singer. She does not speak Portuguese but can sing it. I undestand every single word she says, it is amazing,” says da Silva, who highly recommends you make a reservation for Josephine’s performance night. As Portugal has centuries worth of ties to Brazil and they share the same language, Adega highlights the Brazilian culture on Fridays and Sundays, offering three of Brazil’s most popular dishes. Adega even offers Portuguese language classes every Monday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. Adega also offers its daily lunch buffet for $12.95.

Present this article to your server at Adega and receive 10 percent off Bacalhau Adega.

Adega Portuguesa

1138 Smith St., Honolulu
Open daily, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m.