Carlos Ferreira was born in Estarreja, Portugal, a small resort town near the Aveiro lagoon, often called “The Venice of Portugal” for its canals, tidal marshes, beaches, and lagoons.
Carlos, at age 19, and his brother Julio, came to Quebec to lay the foundations of a new life for the Ferreira family. Since then, he has had one heartfelt wish – to build awareness of his homeland’s history, traditions, architecture, culture, literature, art, and, of course, its food.
This quote by the great poet Luis Vaz de Camôes, has always inspired Carlos.
Carlos’ wish has been granted with the Ferreira Café: his country’s cuisine has a new legion of fans.
Chef Marino Tavares hails from the island of São Miguel in the Azores, and works tirelessly to offer guests the very best Portuguese cuisine. As the proud creator of the Ferreira approach, the skilful preparation of his dishes is the epitome of elegance, joy, and perfection.
Marino Tavares has been at the helm of the Ferreira Café as Executive chef, since the day it opened. The dishes bear his signature touch, from perfectly grilled fish to melt-in-your-mouth seafood rice.
“Ferreira’s cuisine,” explains Marino, “is based on a refined version of ocean-fresh Portuguese dishes. We’re not afraid to mix spices and ingredients or meat and seafood on the same plate.”
Vasco da Gama, just a few doors north on Peel Street, was a direct product of the Ferreira Café’s success, offering a counter filled with simple, high-quality dishes, a catering service, and a high-end grocer. As for the Ferreira Group’s newest addition, the F Bar bistro has become an instant hit as the hip hangout in the city’s new Quartier des spectacles.
Our entire team works together every day to make Ferreira a success:
Victor Dias: Director, Dining room
Paulo Ferreira: Sommelier
Olivia Ferreira: General Manager
David Bonami: Director, Private Room
Stella Marques: Reservations
Maria Ferreira: Accounting Services
Carlos Ribeiro: Pastry Chef