Los Angeles, California
May 22, 2002
The food at Café Brasil is excellent. All the main courses come with the ubiquitous black beans and rice, and yummy fried plantains. The grilled fish and grilled shrimp are especially delicious. Health-conscious eaters will enjoy the "Venice Beach," a salad full of mixed greens, hearts of palm, marinated grilled shrimp or fish, and a delicious gingery house dressing. Cilantro fans rejoice: my only complaint about Café Brasil is that even when I order my dish "sans cilantro," it comes with a huge pile of the herb. The food is so tasty, though, I don't mind picking it off.
Wake up with the shockingly strong Brazilian coffee or cool off with some fresh squeezed mango juice. And don't forget to end with the fabulous Brazilian flan!
If you drive to Café Brasil, have some cash to tip the valet. It's usually not too difficult to find street parking on Westwood, however. Many customers at the Café walk from the Sony studios or from their homes.
If you come for lunch, take time to browse through the eclectic selection of framed art prints propped up on the sidewalk surrounding the Café. Whether you want a Monet print or a portrait of Elvis, you'll find it here!
From journal West L.A. Restaurants