I should have put this under tourist traps because that is exactly what it is.
The food is of shoddy quality and highly overpriced.
The only positive is that is looks nice inside, and is in prime people watching spot. Your best bet would be to go there and get a bottle of wine and soak in the atmosphere of Pelourinho.
Favorite Dish: I had some "steak" in sauce. I swear it was a burger. I wasn't best pleased. that trash cost me about 40 reais.
The food is fantastic. The moqueca is the best I have tasted in Salvador. The moqueca with banana in it is especially good because the banana's sweetness acts as a counterpoint to the savory nature of the moqueca. Also, the vinagrete de polvo is tasty. The restaurant is small and cozy, and the service is attentive. There are also African dishes available.
Favorite Dish: Moqueca de camarao com banana is the tastiest dish I have had in Salvador Bar none. A good moqueca should not be watery. This one is thick, and delicious.
Another Bahia dishes you have to taste...here a receipt quite good
1 pound bag of fresh or frozen okra, cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup manioc meal
2 cups fish stock
1 pound fresh or frozen shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 onion, chopped fine
2 cloves of garlic, chopped fine
3 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the okra in boiling water for 3 minutes, and drain immediately. Set aside.
Stir the manioc meal into 2 cups of fish stock. Bring to a boil and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes.
In a separate pan, sauté the onion and the garlic in the olive oil until soft. Add the shrimp and sauté until pink. Season with salt and pepper.
Stir the stock and manioc meal into the pan with the onions and shrimp. Add the okra and stir until heated through. Serve with rice.
Peanut variation: Add 1/4 cup ground roasted peanuts directly to the onions and sauté with the onions and garlic. Stir 1 tablespoon corn starch into 1 cup fish stock and add to the onion mixture. Simmer, stirring, until mixture thickens, then stir in the shrimp and okra and heat until warmed through.
I love to do breakfast with coxinha or pao de queijo...here a receipt from a bahia friend!
500 g boneless chicken breast, cut in half
1 medium onion, chopped
250g flour sifted 00
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons oil
1 clove crushed garlic
1 / 2 medium onion, chopped
1 medium tomato, skinned, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped parsley
milk and bread crumbs to coat
Dough: In a saucepan, put the chicken breast, onion, salt and 1 quart of water. Mix well and cook over medium heat. When it starts to boil, reduce heat, partially plug the pot and cook for 40 minutes more or until the chicken is soft. Remove the chicken pieces, let cool a bit 'and then chop. Sieve the soup and put it back into the pot. Put to cook and just begins to boil, add the flour all at once. Stir and let cool for 15 minutes.
Filling: Making brown garlic and onion in oil. Add the chopped chicken, tomatoes and fry for 5 minutes. Finally add the parsley and adjust the salt. Rub your hands with oil and make balls with the dough. Make a hole in the center with the company. Place 2 tablespoons of filling into each ball and close form "Coxinha. The breading "Coxinha", passing first into the milk and then in breadcrumbs.
In a large pan fry the "Coxinha" in the oil is hot and plentiful. When they are golden brown, drain and pass on a double sheet of kitchen paper
Moqueca is a specialty from Bahia in Brazil’s northeast region. The recipe is based on an African recipe brought by the slaves from Western Africa to Brazil. It uses distinctly African ingredients, like . This stew is eaten with white rice.
You can find different type of Moqueca, with shirmp, with siri (like clams), fishes and in the Espiro Santo states there is the capixaba.
It's a stew made with dende oil and coconut milk!
Favorite Dish: Moqueca de camarao (shirmp) is the best!
Here a receipt:
1 kg of shrimp, 1 bunch cilantro, 2 green pepper, 2 onions, 2 tomatoes, 3 garlic cloves, 1 / 2 cup of palm oil, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 / 2 cup of coconut milk, salt and pepper to taste, fresh lemon juice, vinegar
Boil some shrimp, without boiling water, not too much because they become hard then drain
Finely chop 1 tomato, 1 onion, 1 green pepper and a marinade with garlic in olive oil, then add the steamed shrimp for 30 minutes.
In a deep frying pan (like a wok), place the oil palm and coconut milk and all ingredients above
Add the sliced tomatoes, peppers and onions, all stewed slowly
Take the chopped coriander and play up to decorate
This stove comes with a white rice and if you want you can make a soup from the heat moqueca (broth)
The place is very simple and the prices are good. I was there with more 3 foreigners friends, eat and drink for R$ 80,00. In other words, was about R$ 20,00 for each one have an idea of our diversity food! Here, are the things that we have tried!
1) To drink? Well try something else then Caipirinha! We had the caipiroskas - vodka with season's fruit. We asked: Caju-roska, kiwi-roska, abacaxi-roska and a maracuja-roska.
2) To eat? First ask for a CALDO DE POLVO (octopus) and CALDO DE SURURU (a muscle). Caldo is a kind of a soap.
3) Now, ask a LAMBRETA, another muscle that comes inside a shell with lot of onion. Remember to try the caldinho (the sauce that comes together in a glass!), very strong!!
4) Well, you have to try the CARANGUEIJO (crab). We asked a PORÇÃO DE 5 (05 crabs) that comes with the PIRÃO. Use the wood hammer just to open the biggest "leg". NEVER, but NEVER use the hammer in the head, heheeh... Be patient, see it as an adventure! As much work you have to eat it, as much delicious it will be... Ah, remember to go with a cloth that can be dirty. It will be a mess!
5) After torturing fingers and mouth, I suggested something soft: AIMPIM FRITO, our version for fried potatoes...
6) Unfortunately they didn't have a typical dessert, so we decided to have it in other place. But this is another story...
Ah, one more thing: If you have kids, there is a kind of little park for them play while you are eating...
Favorite Dish: If do you still hungry after all this, try a moqueca de camarão (shrimp), hmmm...
We (five persons, three native portuguese speakers) were really disappointed! Add said they serve Mediterranean dishes, Italian pizza, pasta etc. Prices were above average and service was arrogant. We ordered chicken breast, pasta with 4 cheeses and two big pizzas. We told the waitor three times that we want the pizzas without oregano because two of us are allergic to it. The waiter didn't seem very interested anyway so here's what we got: two pizzas with oregano, beef stake and the pasta with four cheeses. We told the waiter that this was not what we had ordered but he stubbornly insisted that this he had written down in his pad. This was really " once in a life-time" experience in the worst sense.
The pizzas were as bad as the service. They were American-style panpizzas, probably pre-baked. You can buy better deep-frozen pizzas from the supermarket.
You'll get better value for your money at the Barra Shopping's fast-food section, try Yan Pin's!
Favorite Dish: The only descent dish was the beef, which we did not order.
If you are worried about or just tired of Brazilian food, you should try Fat Jim's sandwich shop. It is a little bistro with outdoor seating that specializes in American-type sandwiches. It is owned and run by an American. The crab cake sandwich tastes good but you can also get stuff like shrimp salad and cheese steak subs. The food is good and inexpensive. The owner and can speak English and Portuguese. He will be happy to give you tourist tips about Salvador. It is in a nice part of town and is only a block from the beach.
Favorite Dish: My favorite dish is the crab cake sandwich. The owner is from Maryland where crab cakes are very popular. Since he can't get the spices in Salvador that go into the crab cakes, he has them sent down from America. I doubt that this dish can be dupicated in any other resturant in Salvador.
Brazil is one of those countries where tropical fruit is in abundance. Local markets are usually the place where you find the greatest selection of fruit from the area which may vary as to the region. Mango, papaya, pineapple, bananas, coconut, passion fruit, guava, cashew, melon and watermelon you can get nearly everywhere. Still the most exotic fruit comes from the Amazon region. Ah, I just never had enough of acai, cupuacu, bacuri, murici and graviola.
To get your daily dose of vitamins you can instead go to the near juice bar. You can find them in all bigger Brazilian cities.
It was a Saturday towards noon and I was strolling the streets of Barra with Lidija. After the long Friday night we were just in need of some vitamins. She liked Sucos and used to go there quite often. So she suggested we could have a breakfast there.
Favorite Dish: What a difficult decision among so many different fruit and mixtures, the choice was really endless. After a long consideration we took one cupuacu and one selected tropical fruit blend, both of them with the addition of guarana and crunchy cereals. They were absolutely delicious!!! and besides, an excellent energy supply :))
The good thing about Sucos is that they even offer home delivery 24 hours a day.
You find this little place on the main street of Barra that leads to Pelourinho. It only has a couple of tables and people from the beach or passersby usually come for the bowl of tasty dish from the Amazon region.
As far as I know, this is the only place in Salvador where you can taste the culinary delights from the northern state of Para, which I found the most delicious (and unusual) in the whole country. They get the ingredients for the dishes from Ilha de Marajo. Since I was just coming from this beautiful island, I was happy to talk to the friendly owner about her native land.
Favorite Dish: It's the most famous acai spot of Salvador. You can get it in a bowl of different size. They also have guarana and juice, ice cream made from variety of fruits of the Amazon, like acai, cupuacu (certainly my favourite!), bacuri and muruci. If you are lucky, you can also get cupuacu cake and this is very yummy too! From the main dishes they offer tacaca (the absolute winner!!) and manicoba.
I don't need to mention that I took every opportunity to visit this place:)
It has been considered the best ice cream in the city for more than 70 years. People come even from Itapoa to another point of the city to taste a great variety of flavours, from nuts and chocolate to all imaginable fruits from the Amazon region. They have a reputation for the ice cream being made from natural fruit.
A beautiful view of the sea of Ribeira and the low price bring the visitors back. About 800 people come daily on weekends.
It's open daily from 10am to 10:30pm.
Favorite Dish: They offer 52 sorts of ice creams and a lot of them launched themselves. Some of their specialities are the flavours of mangaba, jaca, carambola and tapioca.
My favourites were tapioca and cupuacu. Ah, yummy!!!
One of the most elegant restaurants in Pelourinho, Casa da Gamboá serves up a Bahian "nouvelle cuisine." The classic Bahian dishes such as bobó de camarão are still on the menu, but the kitchen has gone beyond to create some fabulous modern fare. The camarão ao molho de manga is a tropical explosion of flavor; big juicy prawns are flamed in cognac and served with large pieces of mango in a creamy mango sauce. The elegant peixe tropical, or catch of the day, is grilled in a clove, cinnamon, and fruit sauce. Open from 12:00hrs to 23:00hrs
This place is ideal to go to in a big group. They have long narrow tables outside. It was here that I first tasted a kiwiroska (crushed kiwi fruit, sugar and vodka) and boy did I get addicted!
The prices were reasonable and with a group of 8 people we paid out roughly 15 reias a head.
Favorite Dish: The food is good, I especially liked the barbequed cheese (coalho quejo) that was done with tomato jam and oregano. I also had grilled steak, cassava, fries, cheese balls and abara. It was all great apart freom the abara. Whatever you do give that a miss, it's too bland!
From the outside you could easily miss this gem.
It is very simple and understated.
On the inside there are firm wooden chairs and tables, nothing gives it that "fancy" edge that I tend to find myself attracted too.
I was suprised at how good the food was, as well as the service
Favorite Dish: Steak skewer with sides of Farofa, rice and salad with pimenta
Fried fish is excellent and succulent. You can ask for it to be halfed so you only have to pay half the cost. The steak sker was 34 Reias with the sides and the fish was 28, half was 14 and way more than enough for one person.
This Burger place is in Porto Barra on Sete de Setembro. You cannot miss it. It is on the main road and has bright blue and yellow signing. there are burgers for every need. Stuff that you don't even normally get in burgers like sweetcorn and peppers.
They also do hotdogs.
Favorite Dish: I like the bacon cheese eggburger. I guess that explains itsself.
They have meal deals for between 5-7 Reais where you get a fruit juice (smoothie) with your burger. Lots of fruits to choose from... pineapple, apple, cherry, passionfruit, mango, banana...
The great thing about this place is that it is open late, so when you are stavin' Marvin and in need of food you can always go to Barra Burguer! I think it stays open until about 2am.