One of my favorite programs when I travel is to discover the local cuisine. Sometimes I even book in advance a table in one of the most recommendable restaurants.
I believe, however, that it is possible to know other cultures in the city where we live. One way to do this is to visit specialized restaurants in the cuisine of other countries.
I write this post to share my personal experience when attending two restaurants, led by expatriates in Brasilia. I felt a special motivation to talk about them, because I realize that few Brazilians have access to this information, and, as the young Syrian refugee, with whom I spoke, said: “the best help is to share about our restaurant with your friends.”
So let’s do it!
1) Bodega de La Habana
The Bodega de La Habana is a Cuban restaurant, leads by chef Miguel Padilla, located next to the Botanical Garden.
I’ve been there twice and I always get surprised by the quality of the food and the reasonable price, considering Brasilia’s standard. In general, I order the famous banana and sweet potatoes chips as entrance. Ropa Vieja, Moros y Cristianos, the typical dishes of the country of the Castro brothers, are success in the restaurant. My favorite, however, is the delicious “rabo encedado”.
The restaurant is not big, so it is recommended to book in advance, especially during holidays and weekends.
Bodega de la Habana
Condomínio San Diego, Quadra 1, Casa 1, Lote 257, Setor Habitacional Jardim Botânico, Galeria Espaço 257 — next to Jardim Botânico Shopping
2) Yalla Falafel
I discovered Yalla Falafel restaurant doing some researchs on internet about arab food. Such a nice surprise!
The restaurant is located on Asa Sul and, undoubtly, it is an excellent choice for vegetarians, mainly.
When I was there, I talked for few minutes with one of the owners, a Syrian refugee whose name I don’t remember anymore. At that moment, he told me a little about his life story and in good Portuguese he shared the hope of living a happier life in Brazilian soil.
I will certainly return to Yalla Falafel and promise to take better photos of the colorful maps that decorate its walls. 😉
CLS 208, Bloco A, Loja 34, Brasília-DF
(61) 3797-7428 / Facebook: Yalla Falafel