Now that we’re on the topic of South America, let’s talk about Brazilian cuisine. About how I didn’t expect to find it in the heart of the River Market in Kansas City, MO.
Taste of Brazil is tucked in one of the corners of the main building of the historic Kansas City River Market. You won’t miss the bold green and yellow Brazilian flag colors painted all over the restaurant. And of course, the Brazilian flag hoised up, loud and proud.
One has a choice of seating area. You can stay inside the cafe, surrounded by shelves of Brazilian supermarket goods – Brazilian cheese bread mix, hot sauce, Guarana soda cans, hot chocolate, palm oil and more – and Brazilian wear – flags, shirts and sexy tank tops for the ladies. Or you can stay outdoors, across Taste of Brazil, few tables are set up where you can enjoy the morning hustle and bustle or the afternoon wind down of the River Market.
The Taste of Brazil offers a tight selection of Brazilian eats including sandwiches, rice dishes, beverages and dessert. Dishes are cooked to order, so they come to you hot…unless otherwise stated on the menu.
Again, Taste of Brazil’s food reminded me of Filipino cuisine, albeit the country was not conquered by Spain, but by their neighbors: the Portuegese.
The chorizo is savory and garlicky, though a much leaner rendition. Their white rice is cooked to my liking – moist and fluffy. Oh, and the need for sarsa c/o the feijoada, served as a side to the rice meals.
They also have a condiment called malagueta – a hot sauce of sorts made from chilis, salt and vinegar. Sounds familiar my Filipino friends?
And you can enjoy your meals with fresh coconut juice, right out of the shell. Or freshly pressed sugar cane juice! What a treat! Though don’t expect them to be the same price as back home. I bought our glass (to share!) of sugar cane juice for $3!!! Guess that is what you pay for that in the first world.
But Taste of Brazil prices are reasonable. Very. A full sized rice meal less than $10 can be shared by 2 people, IF they are not too hungry.
Taste of Brazil
25 East 3rd Street
at The River Market
Kansas City, MO 64106
Open Monday to Friday, 11AM – 3PM
Saturday – Sunday, 10AM – 4PM
+1 (816) 527-0400