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Sabor Tropical... Brasilian in Astoria.... Review & tasting notes of recent dinner

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Sabor Tropical... Brasilian in Astoria.... Review & tasting notes of recent dinner

Chicago Mike | Mar 23, 2004 12:00 AM

Recently the GF & I had dinner on a Friday nite at Sabor Tropical. Sabor has a very authentic diverse Brasilian menu as compared to nearby Malagueta which is more "brazilian influenced" than strictly authentic. Sabor is also somewhat more nicely furnished and somewhat larger than the small, spartan Malagueta.

For appetizers we had a croquettes assortment (Bolinho, Kibe, & Coxinha) and a Salado do Mar. For the main dish, Bobo de Camarao, a shrimp preparation. Desserts were Flan and Passion Fruit Mousse.... Tasting notes follow:

Sabor is BYOB and they also have wine & capirinhas in house. No mixed drinks however. How can they serve cappies and no mixed drinks ? Who knows. The capirinhas are revelatory... watching them prepared with fresh smashed limes is a major treat 2nd only to drinking them. Also had a house chardonnay...

The bolinho/yuca croquette was tasty but very doughy. The coxinha (chicken croquette) was very mild. The Kibe (meat pie croquette) was my favorite of the bunch though the GF isn't much of a red meat carnivore and wasn't crazy about any of them. Could be skipped.

The salado do mar is shrimp and calamari with grilled squash. It's tasty and recommended. FWIW the appetizers at Malagueta are heavenly and IMO outshine Sabor quite a bit. Of course the Malagueta chef has the liberty of creativity whereas Sabor is more of an authentic "basic flavor".

At this point my notes read in capital letters "GREAT CAPIRINHAS"... these make me forget about even a great margarita... easy to drink and very potent. Also noted is the live music from the Brazilian singer/guitarist. She's a recording artist the sign says, and very pleasant to watch and listen.

The Bobo de Camarao is about 10 shrimps stewed in pureed yuca, dende oil, etc. We would call it "tasty but not super".

The black beans on the side were so-so per the opinionated GF with alot of black bean experience.

Both desserts were enuf for 2 persons. The Passion Fruit Mousse was noticeably more tart than the version at Malagueta. It's delicious on it's own but at the end of the day we probably both prefer the Malagueta version which is a more interesting balance of sweet and tart and has a very memorable texture. But this is good stuff here too!

The Sabor flan is lip smacking. Very good, Very pronounced nice carmelization. Somewhat more of the "eggy" style than Malagueta but not annoyingly so. Way ahead of La Flor's version IOO. This is flan for people who can't stand flan (as is Malaguetas' with an exponent)...

The high points: The capirinhas, the desserts, the atmosphere, the musician. Low points: some blandness in the croquettes and frankly the pureed yuca sauce for the entree was about a bucket too much.

Recommendation: GREAT destination for capirinhas, light appetizers, dessert, coffee, and Jobim... salado do mar, flan, and passion fruit mousse all highly recommened is recommended.

Sabor Tropical
36-18 30th Ave
Astoria, Queens
(718) 777-8506

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