CafÃ© do Brasil, 440 NW 11 in midtown Oklahoma City, is the inspired creation of owner and chef Anna Davis. Davis, a Brazilian native who now makes her home in the Oklahoma City area, has given the Sooner state a chance to sample the sites, sounds and unique flavors of her native Brazil.
After coming to the United States, some 25 years ago, Anna went to work for her brother serving up fresh baked goods at a local eatery in town. Through that experience she decided to take her love of food to the next level by serving the dishes that have been passed down through generations of her family, while adding a few of her own.
The Brazilian food flavor gets its influences from many regions such as Africa, Lebanon, Portugal, Germany and some regions of Japan.
At CafÃ© do Brasil you will find entrees such as Picanha Brasileira, a Brazilian classic dish of grilled slices of Picanha steak served with rice, collard greens, vinaigrette and Feijao Tropeiro, (a mixture of pinto beans, Yuka flour, bacon, eggs, onions, parsley and scallion) just for starters. And Bacalhoada, which is Cod fish topped with layers of potatoes, onions, tomatoes, black olives and fresh herbs baked in a coconut milk.
Can you say, Bossa Nova? Many Oklahomans are echoing that phrase after only one visit to CafÃ© do Brasil. It is a place where people come to relax, and take in a view of the city's skyline all while being mentally transported to the unique essence of Brazil without even having to pack a suitcase.
With three uniquely designed areas carved out for diners to experience the celebratory lifestyle of Brazil, the restaurant also doubles as an evening spot for the computer-weary soul with its second level Bossa Nova cocktail lounge. Just a few steps away from the lounge, share a dessert atop the roof where you will find a breathtaking view of the city at sunset.
By the way, did you know the building used to be a funeral home? What used to be a sad place to come has now turned into one of the happiest places to visit.
There are many reasons why people are choosing to venture out to CafÃ© do Brasil, but the main one, "They come for the food and the personal touch we give," explains Anna Davis. "They will experience something they've never experienced — the unique flavors of my country."
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Tuesday to Friday
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Sunday and Monday