Despite its costly production and indifferent reviews upon its premiere, Brazil has gained much popularity and critical acclaim in the 25 years since Terry Gilliam first caused it to rise from the ocean. Take a tropicalia taste tour with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of authentic Brazilian cuisine at Café do Brasil.
Having trained with chefs throughout the world's top exporter of samba melodies and top importer of World Cups, chef-owner Ana Davis has brought her passion for her native cuisine home to Café do Brasil. Whether they appear for lunch, dinner, or weekend brunch, visitors may marinate their teeth in the company of shrimp, tilapia, scallops, and Cuervo tequila sauce with the martine ceviche ($8.95) before settling into the ham-and-turkey cultural exchange hosted by the Brasillian mufalleta sandwich ($8.25). Dinner bell first-responders, meanwhile, can try the Brazilian national dish of feijoada, an alluring stew of beans, sausage, and pork that is cooked by repeatedly shouting "Goool!" at it for minutes at a time, then served with collard greens and roasted ground yucca ($19.95). The kitchen sweetens departures with the marachoco-mouse de maracuja, which intertwines flavors of passion fruit and chocolate mousse in a loving, dancerly embrace ($5.75). Café do Brasil's culinary alchemists also conjure a number of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.
Café do Brasil creates a Brazilian ambience by decorating the inside of its Spanish Mission–style building in the bright colors of the Brazilian flag and adorning its back wall with a mural of Rio's famous Christ the Redeemer statue and less famous Chris the Hugger statue.