My girlfriend and I tried to go to Emma's tonight, but at 7:30 on Tuesday there was a 25-30 minute wait, so we decided to head to Muqueca. We got to Muqueca and almost ate there, but then we were too tempted by O Cantinho across the street, where we had an excellent meal a few weeks ago (do a control F on this board to find that post). We made a good decision!
O Cantinho was less than half full, service was very friendly as usual. We shared 1 appetizer and 1 main dish, which seemed very acceptable. For the appetizer we had the fava beans, it was very nice to share this with just one other person (last time we split it 4 ways)....very good as always: salty, garlicky beans in a rich brown sauce which is great for dipping bread. Bits of linguica add great flavor.
For the main dish we shared the steak, topped with a fried egg and a garlic, wine and butter sauce, served with the fried potatoes and a vegetable stir-fry. The steak was cooked to medium (as we requested) and was very tender. The sauce was a bit salty, but we liked it a lot. Thin pieces of garlic tasted great. The potatoes soaked in the sauce were delicious (the potatoes by themselves were also delicious) and the vegetables (zucchini, yellow squash, cabbage, green peppers, carrots) were not overcooked and nicely seasoned with salt, pepper and garlic. Clearly the person in the kitchen knows what they are doing, even simple foods here taste great. That's a big reason I like this place.
Glass of sangria was nice, as was the passion fruit sparkling juice (from a bottle). For dessert we shared one of the coconut cupcakes which are a steal at $1.00. Very rich and gooey coconut cake; there are other flavors as well!
Total bill was 28 dollars. Very very reasonable considering quantity and quality of food. The new evening menu does not change the neighborhood feel of this place. It's cozy and comfortable and from what I can tell, everything on the menu is delicious! This was my third meal there and I'll be back for my fourth very soon!