Thanks again to chowhounds - My DC and I went Saturday night instead of the sure-to-be-crowded Ashmont Grill - The Cape Verdean live band was playing all sorts of tunes - a VERY lively room - it's clear that lots of people know each other in the Cape Verdean community - lots of intertable conversations and handshakes - and the general community feel and live music gave the place a sort of clubby appeal.
We started with apps of fried yuca and grilled octopus - the yuca was accompanied with a honey-mustard sauce reminiscent of the Hanover's pretzel pieces - yummy all the same. The octopus was great - nicely charred, thin sliced, relatively tender.
For dinner, my DC had the stewed goat, most of which went home as leftovers - I tried it - not particularly spicy, and the meat I felt could have been more tender, but overall a good flavor. I had the bifo mozambique, which was a steak, with eggs over hard on top, in a slightly spicy sauce (flecks of a chili?), accompanied by four shrimp and four big green mussels, a heap of scalloped potatoes AND a bowl of rice. It was all very satisfying - reminded me of the carbo load at Rincon Limeno, put Peru is on a different ocean, so go figure.
For drinks, DC started with a guava mojito (with "secret ingredients") - it was a little too sweet for my tastes but a lot of mint - I think it would be better appreciated in the summer heat - I attempted to order a caju mojito (with the same "secret ingredients") but ended up getting just a caju juice (my fault for not enunciating over the music) - It was very sweet but I ended up being happy with a non-alcoholic starter. We later shared a bottle of Benzo di Reserva (sp.?) for $18, which was a fine Portuguese red table wine that was I think similar in taste to a chianti. Dry, light and easily drinkable.
Our waitress was sweet and perfectly competent. If this restaurant were not in the depths of Dorchester, I think you'd see a lot more cross-over appeal - as it is, they make a very difficult room space-wise very welcome and I fully intend to return - It's got a vibe and warmth that is none too common in Boston.