922 Queen Street West
We had reservations for 7:00 PM and arrived a few minutes early. The restaurant was pretty quiet, with only another table occupied. Over the course of the evening the restaurant became quite busy.
The dining room is a contemporary space, decorated by chef/owner Mario Cassini and his busines partner. The beautiful Brazilian cherry wood (jatoba) flooring provides a warm canvas, where nice tables, modern wood chairs and a photo exhibit with images from Brazil create an elegant space to enjoy Brazilian-influenced food.
Greeting was very warm and friendly, and we were quickly taken to our table. Our always smiling server brought us a small serving bowl with bread and two cheese puffs (pao de queijo), and butter.
I ordered a caipiroska, a Brazilian mixed drink made with vodka, lime and sugar. The traditional version is called caipirinha, made with cachaca (sugar cane booze) instead of vodka. Caju also offers caipirissima, the same drink made with rum instead of vodka. In my personal opinion, Caju makes the best caipirinha in Toronto. It is a very refreshing drink, perfect to enjoy during warm days on the beach or by the swimming pool.
We started with Sopa Do Dia (soup of the day), which was aspargus soup. We could nbot taste the aspargus in the soup, it resembled more like celery leek soup. It was a little bit too salty for my taste.
We also ordered Bolinhos de Bacalhau from their regular menu, it is not part of the Summerlicious menu. This appetizer consisted of five small cod croquettes served with a lime cilantro dipping sauce. The cod croquettes were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and most importantly, they did not feel like soaking in frying oil. The lime cilantro dipping sauce was sweet, creating the perfect contrast with the cod croquettes, enhancing their flavor. Very nice.
For main course we ordered Frango Grelhado, a lemon and curry marinated grilled chicken supreme served with a side of potato galette and spinach. This light dish was perfect for a hot summer day, the chicken supreme nicely grilled, tender and juicy on the inside, complemented by the side of potatoes with herbs and leek. The dish did not have a wow factor, but it was well executed.
My SO decided to have Quindim (coconut flan) for dessert. Two smal quindins were served on a plate with a summerberry coulis. The top of the quindim has a melt-in-your-mouth consistency and is very sweet, while the bottom is rich in coconut. This is a traditional Brazilian dessert.
I opted for Mousse de Maracuja (passion fruit mousse). It was served in a cocktail glass and topped with the summerberry coulis. I think it had coconut shavings in it, which added interest to its creamy consistency. Another perfect dish for a hot summer day, with a strong passion fruit flavour. The perfect way to finish a nice meal.
Coffee was served strong, Brazilian style.
Service was excellent. Meal for two with a drink, soft drink, extra appetizer, two coffees, tax and tip came to $83.00. I highly recommend this restaurant.
Dining room: http://img2.uploadimages.net/883367Ca... (78.8 KB)
Break basket: http://img2.uploadimages.net/193467Ca... (58.7 KB)
Caipiroska: http://img2.uploadimages.net/206857Ca... (40.3 KB)
Sopa do Dia: http://img2.uploadimages.net/452799Ca... (48.1 KB)
Bolinhos de Bacalhau: http://img2.uploadimages.net/224467Ca... (47.1 KB)
Frango Grelhado: http://img2.uploadimages.net/852988Ca... (64.3 KB)
Quindim: http://img2.uploadimages.net/558135Ca... (77.4 KB)
Mousse de Maracuja: http://img2.uploadimages.net/882668Ca... (76.6 KB)