friend recommended the Cafe Exotico Brasil as one
of the few places in Vancouver where you can order an
authentic version of Feijoada, which is the
national dish of Brazil. Pictured below, the Feijoada is
essentially a meat stew with black beans, served with
rice. Cafe Exotico also serves a vegetarian version of
Feijoada for those so inclined.
With a special breakfast
menu on weekends, Cafe Exotico offers a great selection
of, well, exotic juices such as papaya, mango, passion
fruit, and guava. I tried the papaya juice ($2.50), and it
was simply bursting with flavor, probably made
fresh that morning. I also ordered the heart of palm (palmito)
pie with salad (pictured below) which tasted as good as it
looked. Heart of palm is a delicacy taken from the growing
tip of palm trees, and is traditionally expensive because
harvesting the tip actually kills the palm tree. But at
Cafe Exotico the pie was one of the most affordable items
on the menu, at just around $5.00.
This cafe is one of the
most welcoming places I have been to lately, with staff
who took the time to explain about the different
ingredients in the dishes, and who were obviously happy
about our table's interest in Brazilian food. They also
have a piano in the restaurant and live music occasionally
(call for details). I'm definitely going back here for
dinner sometime, hopefully to try the shrimp casserole.
is the national dish of Brazil.
Reviewed by: Geoff Peters
Last reviewed: July 3rd, 2005