another Gabriella entry: a supplement, beach vendors
Not really a restaurant entry but then also not too far from one......
Sitting on our chairs in the shade of "Gabriella's" parasols we watch, among many other things, beach vendors pass by looking for customers to sell their ware...... they offer ice cream, cashew nuts, oysters ( I had more than a dozen, I'm an oyster freak, they were delicious !!! ), sun glasses, bijouterie, tangas and (!!) also one of my favorite Bahian snacks,,,,, Acarajé with Vatapá......
Favorite Dish: Acarajé is basically a patty of raw mushed white beans, kept in water overnight, spiced and then deep fried.... Accompanied by Vatapá, also a mush made out of white bread, soaked in coconut milk for two hours, then spiced with dried, small shrimps, peanuts and cashews.... that's just the basics......there are many different ways of preparing Acarajé and Vatapá...
This typical Bahian dish was brought to Brazil in the 16th century by African slaves and lives on til today as the most traditional , say, snack in the most "African" of all Brazilian states....
I love it hot so I put quite a lot of pepper sauce on the Acarajé..... A soothing ice cream afterwards is therefore almost inevitably.....
- Budget Travel
Gabriella's: Enjoy your lunch on the beach
On the beaches a few kilometers south of Ilheus you will find one "barraca" after the other, dozens.... Barraca, in this case, describes the open air beach restaurants that will tend to all your needs at the beach, toilets, places to change wet swim suits, shady tables, food and drink, lounge chairs..... but the real action is outside on the beach, loud axé music, dozens of plastic tables with chairs under parasols, all colored according to the beer brand that has exclusive catering rights to this barraca, i.e. yellow for Skol, red for Brahma.... ( I don't drink beer, so, for me it was irrelevant which beer they served...).
The cab driver brought us to the Gabriella barraca and said it was one of the best.... We just trusted him knowing he will get a little kick back but so what ? "Gabriella", again an unavoidable reference to Jorge Amado's heroine of his most famous book, was indeed a very nice place, right on the socalled beautiful "Millionaire's Beach", whereever this name comes from.... no obvious millionaire's or their houses in sight but the beach itself is worth a million, easily....
Favorite Dish: For me, usually, on the beach preferably finger food.....
I ordered for us "Manjubinha"..... small fish, so small and tiny that you won't prepare it for cooking.... They are being dipped in batter and deep fried with head, tail and all.... and taste delicious.... Squeeze some lemon on top and it tastes even better,,,,, Also a very typical Northeastern brazilian culinary fare....
For those with a bigger appetite there are Moquecas, lobsters, shrimps in all variations, fried squid rings, big whole fried or cooked fish, also meat dishes, fried, grilled whichever way you want it..... At Gabriella's ( just as at many other but not all barracas) you will spend an exceptional, great and satisfying day at the beach ( if you don't forget your sunblock !! )
- Food and Dining
- Family Travel
Bar Restaurante Vesúvio: Delicious Bahian food next to Ilheus cathedral
Vesúvio Restaurant, located right in front of the Ilheus cathedral, really looked inviting after an extensive walk through the historical part of downtown Ilheus. We immediately found a shady table on the outside terrace.... Very nice. and at first sight the right place for local ( = Bahian ) food lovers , like me...
Favorite Dish: We ordered first a Moqueca de camarão with pirão, farofa de mandioca and white rice..... Moqueca de camarão is a type of cooked stew with shrimps, deliciously seasoned with many spices, especially Dendé, the oil from the palm tree.... Pirão is a spiced mush made of fish broth and thickened with corn starch and farofa de mandioca is crispy shredded mandioc root. In simple four words : The food was delicious !!!! Very recommendable. As dessert I had a chocolate covered coconut cake. Also a tease for the gum and the gustatory sense. I can't remember what I paid but I know the price was very reasonable. Thumbs up for Bar e Restaurante Vesúvio !
- Food and Dining
Coco-Beach City: Best Place in Town
A new and fantastic ambient with great paint of beaches and a "Lovers Cove" for 2 people only. Excellent Food with a real good service. Incredible to find this in Ilheus !
Favorite Dish: We had "Costella" , Lula filled with shrimps and a mouse and german "Rolade" all with exceptional taste especially the sauces were outstanding. On Top the German Cheescake with "Eierlikoer" is a must !
- Wine Tasting
- Food and Dining
- Beer Tasting
'Gabriela Cravo e Canela' and 'Sabor de Ilheus': Two Bargain Restaurants
+ Gabriela Cravo e Canela
The restaurant is located in the Ilh?us Praia Hotel. It offers hotel guests a complimentary buffet breakfast.
For lunch and dinner the restaurant operates separately from the hotel (guests cannot even charge their meals to their rooms) and is open to the public.
+ Sabor de Ilheus
This new (July 2003) restaurant abuts Bar Vesuvio. It is ultra clean. Its menu is similar to Vesuvio's, but the food is better -- and cheaper.
Favorite Dish: + Gabriela Cravo e Canela
The lunch and dinner buffets include a dozen or more dishes -- meat, fish, and fowl as well as the inevitable spaghetti -- paid for by weight and at absurdly low prices. None of my three meals, heaping plates all, cost more than R$6,25 (about US$2.20).
+ Sabor de Ilheus
The Peixe do Moqueca (fish stew Bahian style) was as good as I've had anywhere. It cost R$20 (just under US$7) and would easily have fed two or three people.
Vesuvio: Gabriela Worked Here
In the novel, Gabriela is hired as a cook by the Vesuvio's owner, 'Nacib the Arab' (Nacib Aschar Saad). They become lovers and everything about her life pleases Gabriela. Fearful of losing her, Nacib persuades her to marry him; the demands of respectability make Gabriela desperately unhappy and she puts horns on Nacib; he gets their marriage annulled, they get back together as lovers, and she is happy again.
The modern-day Vesuvio features about a dozen tables inside and a score or more on the patio -- half of them under an awning.
The place is highly popular with locals and often crowded.
Favorite Dish: The menu is extensive, featuring everything from snacks and hamburgers to elaborate fish plates.
Shrimp (camarao), prepared several ways, is the house speciality. The moqueca de camarao is good, not great. As seems to be true everywhere in Brazil, one order is enough to feed half the Russian army.
Sheik: The Best Fresh Seafood in Town!
Sheik is the best restaurant in Ilheus! Is situated at the very top of the hill overlooking the sea. Great fresh seafood is served and great service too. When arriving at Sheik, you must ask to be served by Meire a lovely Baiana girl that works in the restaurant for over 15 years. The tables are overlooking the sea and you can relax and feel the sea breeze while waiting for your wonderful meal.
Favorite Dish: Muqueca de peixe!