Alright so im Brazilian
Lived 12 years in new york during my teen years , and now i currently live in Brazil...
This menu doesnt remember me of Brazil
The first salad IMO has nothing to do with Brazil.
Is that Tradition Brazilian Pulled Chicken Salad meant to be Sal Picâo , because the ingredients are similiar you are just missing grated carrots, and potato chip sticks.... THAT IS A NECESSITY XD
The black bean and roasted corn salad is more to the spanish side then the brazilian IMO, i have hardly seen any people around here eat tortilla chips.
I think The santa sofia salad and potato salad seem fine.
If i were you i would attempt to incorparate some Brazilian fruits or tropical fruits at least to your salad.
Maybe some Mangos, citrus , Persimmons , Melons, etc....
You could also use fried bananas. Brazil has such an array of different fruits and our climate is so different considering it is only cold here 3 out of the 12 months.
Some different vegetable you could include in a salad or in other that are easily eaten here could be....
-Green beans (often eaten here)
-Different assortement of beans
Their are others i often see but these are the ones i have cooked and served the most lately.
Now i think it is a necessity that any Brazilian Steak house must serve Fried Yuca...( or Manioca as the spanish call them).
It isnt hard to find an you can get them frozen and already peeled, because cleaning them is a b*tch.
Also many steak houses in my opinion iclude something we call Feijoada... Which is a black bean stew , that has lots os steak sausage, and left over pork sometimes being ear, or tail..... Quite delicious with rice and the recipe isnt too difficult. Plus you can make it in big batches and freeze. It easily keep for a week IMO.
The A la Carte part of the menu doesnt remind me of Brazil either.
But i like the idea of an olive display as well as the charcuterie display.
I think Brazilian cheese bread could be something nice to include as well as maybe some regular Brazilian tidbits.
Like Coxinha or Kibi. Kibi is arab but is widely eaten here.
Also there is Pastel (kinda like an empanada) as well as Acaraje, and Vatapa. All in my opinion could work in a steak house depending on presentation and concept.
Also one thing a Brazilian Steak house must have is Farofa.... which is a mixture of a yuca based flour ( cassava flour i think).
You render and cook any meat usually bacon or some type of sausage, a small amount of onions , carrots, kale maybe, and contiue sauteeing, maybe throw in some bananas or raisins. Add in the flour and mix until uniform. It tends to be dry so dont let it look too wet. Season with salt.
Their is also Tutu, which is a smooth bean based side dish.
Basically you render some bacon, sausage, or other meats, and add in beans with broth and all. Season to taste.
And add in corn flower (the kind in flakes) and stir until thick and creamy.
Brazilians here in my region (mina gerias) which has alot of bbq people really enjoy
Chicken hearts, and portuguese Linguiça. As well as different cuts of pork and cow. Everything i have stated so far is widely eaten in my region, now if i was to go to a different state the list would be different.
Their are a few other things, but for now these are what i could remember after waking up. Plus they were the first things that popped into my head.
Ill probably have more ideas after a few hours lol.
I would just like to state, as cheflayne stated...
Brazil is a diverse country with different regions, cultures etc...
What You experience in the south you wont experience in the north of Brazil. We still have native american tribes as well as a variety of different meats, fruits and vegetables , i almost found it was an injustice not including different fishes on the menu , since we have so many fish in Brazil.
Brazil also has very complicated names of fruit and vegetables as well as a wide array of them. And every region calls the fruit , vegetable or meat by a different name.
Along with the fact every region has its own typical cuisine and or cooking style and favorite food.
You would think a country like this with so much food would at least have some decent culinary schools lol xD.
Edited by KaiqueKuisine - 1/17/14 at 8:56am