First, you'll have to forgive me because undoubtedly there has been postings about Cafe Brazil before and this is my first food review posting so it may read a bit like a novice. But I had to post something after being introduced to Chowhound by queenofhearts and getting a great dinner at Restaurante Cesario (thanks for the review, dchow!).
Anyway, yesterday two friends and I went to Cafe Brazil for Saturday lunch. It was about 2pm when we got there so we pretty much had the whole place to ourselves. The wait staff was awesome and responsive, giving us great suggestions and often (but not too often) checking up on us. The restaurant is simply decorated and has a cozy atmosphere.
The appetizer menu really didn't catch our eye so we ended up just ordering three main dishes and sharing. This turned out to be quite fortuitious as stuffed with just those three very good dishes. Surprising beause the dishes didn't look big, they were just very filling. Though if you're looking for vegetables, these may not be the dishes to try :)
The Rabada - an oxtail stew - was great with soft meat that had been slow cooked so it nearly fell off the bones. Very flavorful. The sauce was also thick and went great with the rice.
I got the Feioada Completa - apparently a very traditional Brazilian dish - of pork simmered with beans. The pork was wonderfully flavorful, coming as complete pieces with rind, fat and meat - reminding me a lot of true Thai "pa-loa". The rice also came with a side of farofa - a mixture of cassava, eggs, bacon and spices - which added a nice contrast to the heavier pork.
And our last dish was the Moqueca a miniera - steamed fish in sort of a light curry-type sauce. Good but nothing too distinctive. For drinks we had the traditional Brazillian soda (can't find the name right now) which was novel and refreshing.
Looking forward to being a part of this site and meeting more of you guys!
The Frying Dutchman
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