Seattle >Food & Dining > Tempero Do Brasil
5628 University Way NE, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810547.670334 -122.312789
Tue-Sat: 6am-10pm, Sun: 6pm-9pm
Neighborhoods: Northeast, Northeast Seattle, University District
great service... mediocre food.... pricey – after reading the other good reviews my gf and i were excited to try this place. the staff was great. very nice. we ordered the codfish cakes. pretty good, a bit dry in the middle. my gf got a shrimp soup that was bland by itself. when mixed with rice it was even more bland. the shrimp were of good size though. my plate was the thinly sliced NY steak with rice and black bean sauce. the amount of meat served was more than enough but it was not marinated. did not have any flavor. the flavor came mainly from the black bean sauce but that sauce gets old quick. anyway... the bill came out to be around 60, which would have been fine if the food was better to match the level of service, which was great.
Authentic, deicious Brazilian food. Friendly, attentive waitstaff. – I just discovered this gem. The Casquinha de siri, a crab dish, was wonderful. If you're a beef eater then you can't go wrong with the Bife acebolado. It is succulent, thinly sliced New York strip with sauteed onions with black beans and rice. Yum!! I'll be visiting again soon because I'd like to try just about everything else on the menu.
I noticed that there is no link to their website on citysearch. I don't think I'm supposed post a link so I'll do it like this - temperodobrasil dot net :)
Solid food - good appetizers, amazing feijoada – Good food. service is slightly slow, but effective. The traditional feijoada --black bean and meat stew served with collard greens and rice--is now served every day!
Delicious, authentic Brazilian food in nice, casual atmosphere w/ very friendly staff! Check it out! – My husband and I went to Tempero de Brazil for the second time and we will most definitely continue to go back. We love it! The food is so authentic and delicious, with the freshest of ingredients. You just can't find this type of Brazilian food anywhere. The special Brazilian cocktails are also a must- delicious! It is located on University Ave. on a very quiet street next to bike shops, etc. It is a casual little treasure. The staff is extremely friendly and they often seek your feedback on their dishes to ensure they are making them to their customer's satisfaction. They even play music a couple evenings a week I think. I say if you have any interest in Brazilian food, check it out.
Taste from home – I love going to Tempero do Brasil because it's really authentic. The staff is Brazilian and friendly, the food is good and the restaurant has that laid-back atmosphere of the beach places in the Brazilian Northeast. I usually have the Moqueca, Bobo de Camarao or Feijoada, which are also the dishes I recommend if you are not Brazilian. Most everything else on the menu is home-style food, something we would eat at home or during a work day, nothing fancy. If you are a Brazilian searching for comfort food, it's great, but not very appealing to other nationalities (at least that's what my American/Australian co-workers told me after eating the Steak and Fries, they said it was plain). REMINDER: Brazilian food is not spicy, I always have to mention that, most people in the US expect it to be like Mexican food - and it's very different! Try the Casquinha de Siri appetizer (crab dish), drink a caipirinha, end the meal with a pudim (caramel flan). Yummy!
the drinks here are a good start... – ...but then you can add some moqueqas and a whole slu of other things to that list. The waitstaff is very friendly, and they will not hesitate in giving you suggestions if the menu appears very foreign to you. I have eaten here a couple of times, and both times I have been very pleased, and nice and full after leaving. More than worth a try..Brazilian food may become your new favorite!
Lively Latin beats and Brazilian spice keep crowds swinging their hips all the way home. – In Short
Owners Bryant Urban and Graca Riberio offer a culinary journey through Brazil at this tiny house tucked away on the northern reaches of the U-District. Make a meal of tira-gostos (appetizers), like casquinha de siri--layers of crabmeat with a Parmesan crust. The traditional feijoada --black bean and meat stew served with collard greens and rice--is served only on weekends.
The Point: Food = Culture – Regarding reviewer Phobuz having missed the point: The point is in the cultural authenticity. Phobuz found nothing special about the food (?) but some observations are good , i.e., the observatin that Brazilian dining is often family dining - more so than here - in relative terms (pun intended.)
The food sets itself apart from other cuisines in important ways: synergies of food combinations, some of the ingredients, presentation, etc. I am not Brazillian but been there and really appreciate the venue and the food.
Try this: I appreciate the authenticity the same way I might appreciate being outside the U.S. finding an American restaurant offering a great cheeseburger with BBQ sauce, ketchup & mustard on a grilled sesame seed bun with onion, lettuce, tomat, pickle, fries/coleslaw/baked beans (you pick) and a shake or a malt. The "american burger experience" is not more than meat, bread, a veggie and milk product; nothing extraordinary in that cuisine - except - travelers know how difficult that is to find. Ever dined on a casual shellfish buffet with friends served New Orleans-style w/ newspaper and a pliers?, etc. obviously the magic is evaporated in reducing that to it's lowest common denominators.
Frankly Tempero hits my appetite on the spot - the spot often being authentic culture - do Brasil.
Maybe I am missing the point – I am interested in trying out all kinds of cuisines and decided to go to this restaurant for Brazillian (based on Citysearch's high score).
The interior decoration was good (seems very authentic and down-to-earth). But I don't find anything special about the food. The food seems very family styled, which I appreciate it authenticity. But I just fail to see what's special about Brazillian food. (How does it set itself apart from other cuisines?) Maybe it's just because I am not Brazillian that I fail to appreciate it.
Great taste of Brazil – My family and I have gone to "Tempero do Brazil" several times, and we have always enjoyed our visits there. The service is very friendly, the decoration is appealing, and the food is simple, yet delicious. The only drawback is that we do find it expensive. We're hoping their menu will expand to offer a few more traditional foods of Brazil, but as Brazilians living in Seattle, we're happy to have this option to remind us of our other home.
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