I wanted to go somewhere different for my 40th birthday… somewhere that wasn’t too trendy, too noisy, or too expensive. Mimo Portuguese is a family run business in the northeast – if you head east off the Deerfoot from the Blackfoot Trail/17 Ave NE exit, it’s in a strip mall that is a little bit hidden from the main road and currently hard to get into due to the road repairs on 17th. The restaurant is attached to a little market where you can buy imported frozen goods, canned/jarred goods and spices. It’s a neat little place for a foodie!
There were 9 of us out for dinner and one person was allergic to seafood, so it worked out well to order two huge dishes of seafood paella that are intended to serve 4 people each. Ordering a large platter for 4 was way more cost effective than ordering individual portions. While we waited for our paella to cook (about 45 minutes), some of us ordered appetizers.
L & S ordered the Chorizo A Bombeiro – homemade chorizo sausage. I’ve had this once before – it’s already grilled, but when they bring it to the table they serve it in a dish with a bit of fuel, light it on fire, and you get a good show out of it. One sausage is a fair chunk of meat for two people to share as an appetizer. L & S also shared the Portuguese style mussels but I didn’t get a photo of the dish.
C & I ordered the Carne Poco A Alentejana to share – pork and clams casserole (with potatoes). I had this last time I was at the restaurant and fell in love with the flavours. The pork is tender, the potatoes cooked perfectly, and it’s seasoned with something that I can’t quite put my finger on. So far (in my two times here), this is my favourite dish at the restaurant.
D ordered the Bitoque – steak, potatoes and egg as she’s allergic to seafood. You can’t see the steak under the egg and potatoes, but she really enjoyed her dish. It seemed like awesome comfort food to me!
The paella was piled high with seafood. We were all very impressed with the portion and the flavour. After we were all stuffed there was enough left over for 3 people to take home plenty of rice and even a little bit of seafood! The rice was seasoned well – not too spicy, but with just a bit of a kick, and it wasn’t mushy or undercooked. All in all, we thought that for 4 people, at $25 a person (I think it was $100 per paella for 4), this was good value for your money. The photo does not show the scale of this platter well… it was huge!
As a birthday gift the restaurant provided me with a slice of cake with a candle in it and my friends sang me Happy Birthday. To me, that’s the most embarrassing part of any birthday, but at least I’m past the age of birthday bumps! The cake is made in house and was delicious. I can’t even explain it since I can’t bake to save my life and I don’t know any of the technical terms… but it was rich and creamy yet light all at the same time. The textural layers really made this cake a pleasure to eat. I think four of us ate the cake and everyone thought it was delicious!