Next up on our agenda of eating the world (in Toronto) is Brazil!
Okay so, Brazil. Evan and I went to two Brazilian restaurants so we could get the full experience. Our first stop was the popular sports bar Brazilian Star in Little Portugal on Dundas West. It was a beautiful day and Brazilian Star has a cute little backyard patio, so we patio’d it up.
You wanna know how I knew this was going to be a good Brazilian experience? Most of the reviews of this place are in Brazilian Portuguese. This seemed like a good indicator to me.
First items of order were coxinha and a caipirinha.
Caipirinha is Brazil’s national cocktail, made with cachaca (which is a distilled alcohol from sugar cane), sugar, and lime. It is DELICIOUS. And quite boozy. My body was definitely warm and tingly all over after just one.
Coxinha, a croquette filled with chicken (almost like a chicken salad), is a popular street food in Brazil.
They are freakin’ amazing. I have tried them before in Kensington market, but the one I ate at Brazilian Star was particularly good. The dough was just melt-in-your-mouth doughy, and the outside was perfectly crispy.
I honestly can’t put into words how good it was. I really loved it.
We also got a separate order of smaller coxinha and risoles de carne, which are similar, filled with beef.
Also really good. And man, are those filling.
We wanted to try the picanha (Brazilian steak) but they served it there with fries and we wanted authentic Brazilian rice and beans. And also, we were extremely full after all that deep fried deliciousness. So no worries at all, later on we headed over to Rio 40, a Brazilian Portuguese and Italian restaurant on St. Clair West. Rio 40 was actually recommended to Evan by his Brazilian friend Rodrigo, and Mr. Rodriguez was very adamant that it is the real deal.
At Rio 40 we started with the Guarana.
Which is the most popular guarana-flavoured soft drink in Brazil (according to the internet). It is quite tasty.
For dinner we each ordered the full picanha platter, which came with picanha (Brazilian rump steak), rice, fried cassava, farofa (a toasted cassava flour mixture), vinaigrette, and beans on the side.
Delicious, all of it. Especially that steak. I ordered mine medium rare and it was cooked perfectly. I am not the biggest fan of plain rice without some sort of sauce, but this rice was actually really good on its own. Lots of salt so it reminded me of basically all of my Nana’s dishes. I also enjoyed the rice with the beans.
I’m glad we went here and did this. The cassava was really good as well, and fries are just fries. You can get them anywhere.
I would definitely recommend both Brazilian Star and Rio 40 if you are on the hunt for a Brazilian eating adventure. I’d also recommend the all-you-can-eat Brazilian steakhouse Copacabana on Yonge and Eglinton, because that is a good time, too. You know I have meat excitement for it!
Brazil is delicious!