WOW! What a find in Oxnard. We were passing through last weekend and stopped for dinner at Moqueca based on reviews here and other sites, and we were not dissapointed.
We arrived around 6pm on a Saturday and did not need a reservation as the place was quite empty. Normally this would be a concern, but it was early and actually filled up by the time we left. A reservation may be a good idea if you want to arrive later or if you have a larger group.
To start...caipirinha (the nectar of the gods). It was good, not great. Next the salgadinho platter which was fantastic. Some have mentioned the coxinha is a little light on chicken (I agree), but it was fine for appetizers.
For dinner we could not decide on which moqueca to have, so we went with the house standard fish and shrimp. I thought it was excellent. My wife didn't like the fish, but she really enjoyed the shrimp (large and plentiful).
The desserts all looked good, but we were too full to try any of them.
Overall service and ambiance was excellent. The prices are a litle high, but we felt it was worth it for the quality and portion. We also had a certificate from a particular restaurant dot com site which helped offset the bill.
They also have feijoada on Sunday. Next time we are in the area we will definately be back.
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