Strolling around Sonoma's town square my brother- and sister-in-law had long been curious about this place and suggested we be adventuresome. Perfect choice!
The offerings are ecclectic but do center on Portuguese (and some Brazilian) traditional dishes. We took our time, experimenting first with a tri-plate of baby octopus, blood sausage and escargot, the sauces for the octopus and snails seasoned for the Portuguese palate. So it's not like Spanish or French or South American but very unique and pungent, sometimes with a bit of heat. We adjusted our senses and thoroughly enjoyed the flavors and textures.
For the entree I wanted something typical so went the caldeirada, a traditional seafood stew with a somewhat spicy red broth based with lobster stock. It's a hands-on dish, so I was glad to have sat down in a tee-shirt! (They'll bring you all the warmed wet napkins you need.) All tasted and we all loved that.
My brother-in-law ordered Feijoada Completa, a traditional Brazilian plate with a mix of meats, rice and black beans, absolutely scrumptious! His wife chose the scallops over pasta, also very tasty and satisfying.
There was a 3-part chocolate dessert that turned out to be too irrestible, so we gave in. You might as well, too!
If you have wine with your meal, be sure it'll stand up to the full-flavored dishes you're bound to pair it with.
The table staff were helpful, patient and fun. Eat outside if you can, but don't neglect to peak inside at the wood fired oven, in which most of the food is cooked. This place is the real thing.
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