Sticking with the food & beverage theme, Day 194 of my plight to be more Brazilian, we had dinner at Sushi Samba.
Sushi is big in Sao Paulo. There is a traditional restaurant service called “rodizio” which you’ll find at nearly every sushi outlet in the city and is an all-you-can eat table service for a per person price. Awesomeness! There is a huge Japanese population in the city and I’ve even been told that Sao Paulo is second only behind Toyko for its quantity of Japanese (though I’m certain if the is a miss quote, one of you will let me know…). So I was happy to partake in the popular Sao Paulo food for my challenge.
Though slightly outdated, the lounge look of Sushi Samba’s fun, funky decor pulls together the theme of its cuisine: Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian.
Of course, we all started the experience with caipirinhas. I went for the traditional and it was pretty good, what one might expect.
We got lucky with our menu selections because we had a knowledgeable server named Casey who also has good taste. I usually ask the server for recommendations when restaurant dining, and am often surprised as they stumbled about for an answer. But Casey knew his stuff. He started us out with two small plates, a Wagyu Gyoza with kabocha purée and Crispy Yellowtail Taquitos – both delicious.
When we were ready to move on to the rolls, he recommended the special of the day, entitled Zuke Sake, which involved big eye tuna, marinated salmon with tomato and cilantro, surprisingly delicious. He also suggested two Samba Rolls off the menu, the Unagi Tamago and the Celebration roll, both creatively delicious (the Celebration rolls was our favorite). We finished with one more selection from Casey, a small plate of Sweet Corn Kakiage, and a Samba Roll of our own selection, the Samba Rio Roll. The kakiage was delicious, however, Casey had given a lukewarm review of the Samba Rio, and he was right. Though aesthetically pleasing, it just didn’t have the punch of the other dishes.
Overall the atmosphere and food made for a good Brazilian (Japanese and Peruvian) experience. Sushi Samba is located near Wells and Grand Avenue. If you are in town and decide to go, definitely ask for Casey.