Was intrigued by MB's post a while ago (link below), and wanted to try this place. Ate off the buffet:
Picanha from the grill -- a cut somewhat close to top sirloin. Moist, flavourful, the salt penetrating nicely into the meat. Just a nice glow of pink. One of the high points, together with the salgadinhos.
(Slightly bummed that there weren't any chicken hearts, but hey, nobody's perfect.)
Moqueca baiana, a gentle fish stew, was basic, nothing as soulful as Moqueca's for sure, but more than serviceable and tasty.
Vatapa was heavy on the starch, the shrimp and cashews a bit scarce. But I was pleased with the fluffy texture and the savoury flavour.
Was similarly happy with the caruru, fragrant (probably from the palm oil), with nice bits of okra cooked soft and shrimp.
Loved the little bites of salgadinhos, a tiny empanadas filled with corn, an earthy kibbe, and a last one that I forgot about.
Chicken stew was also satisfying, if a tiny bit dry.
Always been a fan of toasty farofa especially with wet stewy dishes, this version cooked with mixed frozen vegetables.
Nice glass of caju, cashew juice. Finished with a decent if a tiny bit powdery mousse de maracuja/passionfruit. Still prefer the version at Moqueca.
A pleasant bright oasis with sweet friendly service. Extremely good value for delicious food, even if a few of the items aren't the absolute best of its kind in the area. (I have a softer spot for Moqueca for a number of things.) Dinner with the works: $10.
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