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Celebrate Good Times, Come On!

By Kyle Galdeira Photos By Lawrence Tabudlo
January 13, 2013

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As 2013 shifts into full gear, Adega Portuguesa Restaurant & Bar is rolling out a full slate of fun — and tasty — events and promotions through which customers can enjoy authentic Portuguese and Brazilian experiences that have influenced the eatery from day one.

Conveniently located in downtown Honolulu at 1138 Smith St., Adega provides fantastic food, fun and entertainment for those stopping by for a business lunch, late-night beverage and everything in between.

Owner Trigo da Silva is featuring a “Taste of Brazil” every third Sunday — including tonight — from 5 to 7 p.m. The $15-per-person dinner sampling includes five delicious selections of Brazilian fare prepared specially for the event. A special guest chef skilled in the art of Brazilian cuisine will be on hand to prepare the unique menu offerings.

Food fanatics also are invited to experience a “Taste of Portugal” at the restaurant every first Saturday from 5 to 7 p.m. The event includes a sampling of five dishes for just $15. For the upcoming edition of the sampling menu, special guest Chef John M. Peru, who has honed his craft at the prestigious Mid Pacific Country Club in Lanikai, will bring his Portuguese culinary expertise to Adega’s kitchen.

“Adega wants to open the doors for aspiring chefs and home cooks skilled in preparing Brazilian or Portuguese cuisine,” explains da Silva, who encourages such culinary creators to contact him if interested in cooking for one of the special “Taste” events.

Adega also is helping Hawaii celebrate the Brazilian Mardi Gras festival known around the world as Carnival — a traditional party during which music, dancing and outlandish costumes take center stage. On Friday, Feb. 8, Adega hosts a Mardi Gras Grand Opening party, during which Samba Surf will perform starting at 10 p.m. The group plays pagote, a Brazilian country-style folk music described by da Silva as “slow samba.”

Come Feb. 9, customers are invited to Jimmy Buffett’s in Waikiki at 10 p.m. for a special Masquerade Ball experience. The event will feature three live bands and a DJ, lively dancing and a costume contest. A list of prizes for those that wish to enter the contest will be available soon on Adega’s Facebook page: d e g a . Portuguesa. The party then shifts back to Adega Feb. 10 for Bossa Nova with Sandy Tsukiyama during dinner, followed by Soul Brazil’s sizzling samba beats at 10 p.m.

As Chinatown hosts the annual “Fat Tuesday” block party Feb. 12, which takes over Nuuanu Avenue from 5 to 10 p.m., partygoers are encouraged to stop by Adega to enjoy their favorite dishes as well as Caipirinha — a traditional sweet rum drink infused with lime juice that da Silva calls “the best Brazilian drink in Hawaii.”

Adega also is preparing a Valentine’s Day Dinner Special ($20), as Chef Ruben Oliveira has created a beautiful plate featuring salmon stuffed with crab and topped with a seafood cream sauce that is served atop a bed of mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Diners are encouraged to make reservations soon, as this special dining experience should not be missed.

Customers are encouraged to keep an eye out in March as well, as Adega will offer Brazilian Rodizio — barbecued meats including beef, chicken and pork prepared rotisserie-style and carved fresh for customers tableside. The special dining experience will be offered by da Silva as a way to thank customers as he celebrates the restaurant’s first anniversary.

“It’s like traditional barbecue that they serve in Brazil. We bring the meat right to your table and carve it just for you,” explains da Silva. “Adega is celebrating one year in Hawaii this March, so we’re going to add more dishes to our menu in the process.”

The eatery’s lunch buffet still offers a host of flavorful cuisine daily from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for just $12.95. Customer favorites include Acorda De Marisco ($17), mixed seafood and bread with white wine and a seafood broth that is topped with egg yolk and baked to envelope all the rich flavors, as well as Vinho D’alhos ($19), pork loin marinated in a vinegar-garlic sauce, and served with fried potatoes and sauteed mixed vegetables.

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Adega Portuguesa

1138 Smith St., Honolulu
Open daily, 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., bar remains open through 2 p.m. and