Moqueca Brazilian, Oxnard
Two friends and I tried out this new family-owned Brazilian place in Channel Islands harbor, Moqueca.
It is a lovely space, upstairs in a brand new building (next to the deli, Latitude something?). Great harbor view and a nice room painted in soothing green tones, clean, modern, definitely nice enough for date night.
The menu is fairly extensive and focuses on moquecas, dishes which are baked in large clay casserole dishes. Also quite a few other Brazilian specialties, many involving seafood,
We ordered a hearts of palm salad, which was greens, cucumbers, a few tomatoes and hearts of palm with a tangy cilantro-yogurt dressing. The salad was big enough for 3 as a starter.
My friends got the shrimp in garlic and oil, which they loved. About a dozen perfectly cooked garlicky shrimp with butter to dip them in.
We ordered a moqueca of plantains and an arroz con polvo (squid) which was also baked in a moqueca. Both were delicious and were served with a big dish of rice as well as a shrimp-yuca sauce and a dish of chiles in oil, very spicy and nice. We also got a side of garlicky green beans.
My friend ordered a caprinha that was delicious. For dessert, we got a milky flan with homemade pineapple preserves that was fabulous, not to be missed, and some very good coffee.
1 app, 1 salad, 2 mains, side dish, caprinha, sodas, 1 dessert and 2 coffees: $103. All was excellent and gets the Snackish seal of approval.
I am so glad you reported. We saw this place the other day while on a bike ride and it looked great.
We just made a reservation for this evening and can't wait!
Thanks for this post. I was in Oxnard for work and took a group of colleagues here. Everyone was very happy with the food and service. Most of us shared the seafood moqueca - our only "complaint" was that we expected the seafood to be a little more "chunky" as opposed to the smaller pieces - I don't recall any big chunks of octopus (that I was looking forward to). But nonetheless it was delicious. I had a great strawberry caipairinha (sp?), fried plantains, and dessert. And those that didn't order moquecas were very satisfied with their meals, too.
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