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Earlier this week I ate with four colleagues at Cafe Brasil, 451 Cambridge St. Allston. (Thanks to a previous poster on this board, who identified the restaurant.)

Despite their not serving caipirinhas (or rodizio), this meal was the best brazilian food that I've ever had. We started with fried mandioca (yuca) and bananas, which came with a delicious dip that tasted halfway between very lemony mayonnaise and hollandaise. The fried appetizers were also good with the piri-piri (sp.?) that was found on each table. (This consists of (palm?) oil with flavored with whole cloves of garlic and dried, hot red peppers. The flavor of the piri-piri had me asking where this condiment has been all my life.)

I had spare ribs stewed with okra. The ribs came with tons of okra in a savory, brothy gravy, accompanied by a bland corn porridge, which served as a good foil to the savory stew, and by rice. I couldn't resist spicing some of the porridge up with a little piri-piri.

The others had rollada, like steak roulade with bacon, and a grilled chicken breast and bacon dish, which was listed on the menu as a specialty. Although we concluded that the chicken was the best of the lot, all were unanimous that everything deserved superlatives.

We closed the restaurant down. After the closed sign went up, a group presumbly of regulars gathered in the bar area to watch a soccer match and eat plates of brazilian snacks. Stuffed as we were, we envied them. I had intended to add some brazilian choices to my Port Chester post on the Tri State board, but this meal convinced me that, if you want to eat brazilian, pass Port Chester and keep on going to Boston

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