Ever been to Brazil? No? It’s ok, me neither. My knowledge of Brazil extends only to sandy beaches, the rainforest and butt lifts. Having not really looked into Brazilian cuisine, I’d always been used to those GARGANTUAN unlimited meat feasts that you get from a Fogo de Chao or Texas De Brazil… that’s why I was super stoked to sit back and enjoy a traditional, authentic Brazilian meal, right here on the west side. How authentic you ask? The place is called “Café Brasil” (the Portuguese spelling), so I knew I was in for a treat.
After ordering at the incredibly colorful and homey counter/dining area, we took our seats outside as the lovely Brazilian granny served us up some beast grub.
To drink was a lovely Brazilian light lager beer, Palma Louca (never seen it before, glad I got to try it here). It tasted like a Coors Light with some kick- great cruiser. First up to eat, was a traditional Brazilian pork and black bean stew called Feijoda. When I saw this on the menu, I really didn’t know what to expect, like at all. I figured it would be some thick meat platter, but not a heavy, black bean stew. The feijoda contained thick pieces of delicious sausages (some spicy, some sweet, never dry) as well as other chunks of pork belly and rib meat. The black beans provided a wonderful flavor to the meat and the way it fell apart in your mouth, you could tell it was clearly stewed overnight. Highly recommend if you’re looking for a unique meal (and arguably the best feijoda in LA).
The feijoda was served with the traditional pairings of rice, collared greens, orange slices and farofa, which is toasted cassava flour, that’s meant to be mixed in with the stew to give it an extra crunch. It was fantastic.
As a side dish, we got some fried yucca (if I ever see yucca on a menu, I can’t not order it). It was probably the lightest and crispiest yucca I’ve ever had and was a wonderful compliment to the dish. I do wish, however, it was served with something to dip it in (I wound up using some homemade hot sauce they provided).
To finish off, we got a traditional Brazilian flan, which was incredibly light and smooth.
But the real star of the dessert, was the Brigadeiros, or the little traditional Brazilian chocolate confections. I don’t know what the hell these are made out of, but all you need to do is pop one in your mouth and let it softly melt you away to chocolatey goodness. I could take down 25 of these, easy.
They also serve breakfast all day and claim to have the best açai bowls and smoothies on the West Side. Overall, Café Brasil was a truly authentic Brazilian experience only second to being served on the beach in Rio, by one of those Carnival dancers.
11740 Washington Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90066