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Experience Thanksgiving With a Portuguese Flair

By Dining Out Team Photos By Tony Grillo
November 11, 2012

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By Jaimie Kim

If your family is anything like mine, preparations for Thanksgiving are already under way (and you’ve assigned the turkey to someone with a little more skill). But if you’d like to escape the pre-holiday scramble and indulge in a pre-Thanksgiving feast, travel downtown and enter Adega Portuguesa where you’ll experience turkey with a Portuguese twist.

A Portgual native, owner Trigo Da Silva will be participating in the colonial tradition and infusing his own flavorful flair with Turkey Vinho D’Alhos ($20 for two people, reservations recommended, coupons not accepted) for a limited 10 days from Nov. 14 to 24. Served family-style, like a Thanksgiving meal, vinho d’alhos is a type of marinade that includes garlic, wine and vinegar.

Traditionally served with pork, fish or chicken, Adega will be modifying it for the holidays. “We want to talk about the vinho d’alhos on the turkey because of the season,” shares Da Silva.

If you aren’t able to make it for the Thanksgiving special, partake in any number of culturally-inspired events that regularly take place at Adega (visit the website for more information). And for those who would like to experience authentic Brazilian cuisine, make your reservations for Fridays and Sundays.

The restaurant, open since March, continues to do what it does best.

“Customers should expect authentic Portuguese and Brazilian food,” says Da Silva.

And don’t forget about the daily lunch buffet ($12.95) is offered from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to guarantee you get your Adega-fix; because trust me, you’ll be hooked.

Adega Portuguesa Restaurant & Bar

1138 Smith St., Honolulu
Daily, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. (lunch buffet daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.)