The plant heavy environment, keeps things cozy with pillow laden chairs, open-air outdoor setting, mismatched furniture, bright colors and great Brazilian food.
Guests place orders inside before choosing a table to relax into.
The menu is a smattering of breakfast, hot sandwiches, combination plates, grilled entries, salads, appetizers and specialties.
A salsa bar offers spicy additions to the flavorful, mild cuisine.
While the homemade pickled vegetables pack a vinegar smack and slight spicy punch, always an exciting enhancement to the food.
Unable to decide, we chose to try all the appetizers which are easily cut and shared, except for the pao de queijo (cheese bread), which we reasoned were too small to share and required us each to order our own portion.
We started with coxinha, also known as Brazilian chicken croquettes. They materialized as large, ball shaped turnovers of soft, thick, rich crust, stuffed with a flaked, spiced chicken mixture that is even better when hit with a few drops of hot sauce.
The light and airy pasteis we had stuffed with beef and cheese that oozed out when we cut into it. The gooey dairy and spiced beef were a substantial bite inside the flakey pastry.
Risoli are buttermilk flour puffed pastries filled with seasoned beef and deep fried. It’s hard to go wrong with crispy bread wrapped around a mild spiced meat. Again, the hot salsa and picked vegetables were a great compliment.
Finally the empadinha are extremely rich, soft, crusted, layered pastry which we elected to have stuffed with chicken. The crumbly dough falls apart easily and melts away with a buttery finish.
The heavy appetizers were a meal in themselves and with a simple salad would have been enough, but we had to try the Portuguese sausage plate. The mild slices filled half the plate and were enhanced by addicting grilled peppers and onions. The chef was kind enough to concoct a mustard sauce for us which, although not exactly mustard, satisfied our craving and intensified our experience. Plates are served with a choice of soup or salad, a big cup of salsa, white rice, satisfying black beans, and super sweet fried plantains that we could eat all day long.
Siting on the patio, we felt as though we were transported to the home of a dear Brazilian friend who was kind enough to cook for us. The attention to little details and strong use of color added to our enjoyment of the space and the food. For an utterly charming taste of Brazil, we recommend a visit to Cafe Brazil on Venice for the outdoor experience and Washington for the indoor adventure, of emersion into Brazilian culture as fully as is possible at a restaurant in the heart of Culver City.
Cafe Brasil, 10831 Venice Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone – 310-837-8957 web site – cafe-brasil.com
Cafe Brasil, 11736 W Washington Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90066
Phone – 310-391-1216