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Muqueca tonite

Dave M.P. | Jan 8, 2005 12:09 AM

A friend and I ate at Muqueca tonight, neither of us had been before. The place is very casual, the menu is pretty large (I found it on the internet too, i attached the link). It seems like the focus is on Bahian and n. brazilian food, particularly muquecas (fish stews).

My friend had the chicken parmesan, served with a generous portion of rice and beans (very good, flavorful black beans) and fries. The chicken piece was big and freshly fried, topped with a mix of tomato sauce and melted cheese (possibly cheddar?!?).

I ordered the shrimp muqueca, which was quite good. This consisted of a hot clay pot bubbling with a mild broth, tomatoes, cilantro, onions and shrimp. The shrimp themselves were well cooked (not overcooked) but tasted like they weren't super fresh. My dish came with another smaller bubbling pot of pirao, which is manioc flour mixed with the broth of the muqueca, to make a doughy/mushy side dish. I had had pirao only once or twice before, and this was the best I had had. I enjoyed the shrimp flavor in this.

We also shared an order of fried plantains (maduros) which were good. I also had a passion fruit (maracuyá) juice which was VERY good, a great balance of sweet/sour and nice and cold. I'd stop in just for a juice (they have several types).

Service was very friendly, a man at the next table ordered the feijoada which looked very good, i think i'll try that next time.

We didn't have dessert but we saw some nice looking cakes in the fridge. No alcohol is served. Overall a good, homecooking kind of restaurant with very reasonable prices....i'll be back!

Muqueca is on Cambridge St. outside of Inman Sq. in East Cambridge.

Link: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/...

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