Summerlicious - Cajù?
meh. I'm going to have to disagree with Shari. I found my black bean soup to be bland, and my main of sirloin steak to be way too salty. Not sure if that is typical of Brazilian food. The courses came quickly but when I wanted anything else the service was slow. At one point, the drink I ordered was completely forgotten. I really only enjoyed my dessert of passionfruit mousse.
Just back from dinner at Caju. We had reservations today (Friday) at 8:00 PM for 12 people. Only nine of the twelve showed up, and they were kind enough to not complain, despite the fact that I had confirmed the reservation for 12 only two hours earlier (at 6:00 PM).
The service was quite good. I had experienced poor service in the past at Caju, but this time there were no incidents. I was served by the female waiters in the past; tonight it was a male waiter I'd not seen before who served us.
Dinner started with bread, butter and cheese puffs. I love the cheese puffs, specially when they are served warm, which unfortunately was not the case tonight.
The entire table started with the Palmito com Manga e Tomates. This salad was served with a very tasty lime cilantro dressing, which went perfectly with the baby greens and tomato. The palmito (hearts of palm) was very tender and complimented the rest of the salad. The mango was nowhere to be seen. Despite the fact the mango was absent, the salad was delicious nonetheless.
All three choices of main course were ordered at the table. The picanha (steak) was a little tougher than I expected, but it was very tasty and done exactly as ordered; the side of cassava chips was again a little tougher than I expected, but on the plus side it was not greasy. A side of greens and molho vinagrete (sweet peppers and onion based dressing) provided a nice balance to the dish.
The fish of the day was red snapper, served with moqueca sauce (a rich tomato and coconut milk based sauce). The dish was well praised.
Caju was one of the few restaurants that offered a vegetarian main course. Kudos! The vegetarian dumplings were served with the moqueca sauce, a rich and flavourful tomato and coconut milk sauce. Lots of compliments from my friend who ordered the dish.
Quindim (coconut flan) is a traditional Brazilian dessert. The ones served at Caju were excelent; a base coconut layer crowned with a sweet rich egg based flan. The texture was exceptional, and the dessert was presented very nicely (extra points here).
The Mousse de Maracuja (passion fruit mousse) had very positive reviews around the table. Unfortunately I didn't have any, so I'm not able to comment on it. But my friends who ordered this dessert made very clearl that they truly enjoyed it.
We all had caipiroskas and caipirissimas with our dinner. Caipirinha is a traditional Brazilian drink made with sugar cane alcohool, lime and sugar. Caipiroskas (my favourite) is a variation using vodka, lime and sugar. Some of my friends had caipirissimas, another variation made using rum, lime and sugar. These drinks are very nice, you can barely tell that there is any alcohool in them. The lime and sugar blend perfectly to make this drink a national favourite in Brazil.
Summerlicious dinner was $20 per person. For a party of nine with lots of drinks, the total came to $343. For the price and experience, it was well worth the money. I would highly recommend it, especially if you have never experienced Brazilian food.
Enjoy your Summerlicious!