Dinner in Brazil tends to be as unique and diverse as the country itself. Typical
meals include arroz e feijão (rice and beans), a churrasco (grilled meat which can
be chicken, beef, or pork), vegetais (vegetables which consist of carrots, celery,
yams, etc.), farofa (buttered manioc flour used for sautéing), and a wide range
of tropical fruits (usually mango, passion fruit, papaya, guava, etc.). Unlike the
United States, Brazilian dinners are eaten relatively late in the evening and are
still respected as a family activity. Eating at fast food restaurants is rare during
dinner time mainly because the idea of rushing such a vital meal is uncommon. Brazilian
restaurants replicate this social norm by generally serving in a “family-style”
manner, which consists of serving large helpings on communal platters.
Victoria - "I never expected to see sushi in Brazil, much less have it be extremely
tasty! I had some common kinds, such as California rolls, as well as some kinds
I had never seen before. We saw sushi a few times over the trip and all of it tasted
Darius - "Dinner was a lot like lunch. The servers would bring appetizers out
that would keep us busy until they brought out the main course. One of my most memorable
dinners is when the group went to this Brazilian pizza restaurant where they had
about 100 different types of pizza. Two of my favorite pizzas were the shrimp pizza
and the breakfast pizza."
Ed - "Dinner here was backwards. There were not too many big meals. The best
part about dinner had to be the buffet at the Othon Palace, which was great. I would
go back just for their sushi."
Ben - "Much of the food we saw at lunch was also part of dinner. One meal however
was above the rest. Dinner at the Othon Hotel in Salvador was the best spread I
have ever encountered. They had tray after tray of different kinds of sushi and
more trays with different dishes like pasta and steak."