Mocotó is crazy, crazy good! Despite of the long drive and wait line from hell, it is all worth it, seriously! While I had to wait, I went straight to the bar, and drank a caju com morango (cashew fruit + strawberry) caipirinha, and a shot of an aged cachaça, and ordered some finger foods:
Dadinhos de Tapioca: Cubinhos de tapioca com queijo-de-coalho dourados e servidos com molho de pimenta agridoce. (Translation, tapioca flour mixed in with cheese shaped into cubes, than fried and served with a sweet, sour, and spicy dipping sauce.) - Really good! Great presentation, simple ingredients, great texture, and fun to eat!
Torresminhos: Nossos torresmos ainda mais crocantes e sequinhos, petiscos perfeitos. (homemade chicharrones.) - It's chicharrones, freshly made, pig love.
Carne Seca (salt beef) - Interestingly soft and great taste to it.
So, after endulging on my drinks and eating all these appetizers, time flew and it was time to move to my table. I wonder why time went by so quick...
Feijão-de-Corda: Feijão novo preparado com lingüiça, bacon, carne-seca e manteiga-de-garrafa. (beans stew, bacon, salt beef, sausages, homemade butter) - this bean stew's broth is very light compared to a feijoada, it's stuffed with salt beef, bacon, sausages, and "manteiga de garrafa", which is very close to Indian Ghee, resulting in bold flavors, and no need to order rice to go along; every table, has it's own farinha to eat along with every stew, or whatever you'd like to eat with. One medium serving was enough to feed a couple people.
Asinha de Pintado: Nadadeiras de pintado levemente empanadas na tapioca e servidas com maionese de limão-cravo e pimenta-de-cheiro - Imagine chicken wings, now forget them, and think about fish wings, that's right, fish wings! There is more meat and great quality meat that I'd imagined, very crispy and dry, but the fish nugget itself, really tender, moist, and full of flavor!
Overall, this place is awesome and I wish it was closer to me, but the long wait, and the trip going there is totally worth it! Prices are reasonable, booze is strong, and service is lovely.
Mocoto is where you can find 'the best' of a lot of brasilian food. "the best caipirihna, the best escondidiho," and a few things you haven't even heard of yet. If you don't have a car, it's going to be hard to get to Mocoto since it's located in the north of Sao Paulo near Guarulhos airport. However, if you can make it there you'll definitely enjoy it. When you show up, they are going to give you a wait time of 2 hours. The couple we went with told us that they have never actually eaten inside. Every time they go they end up filing up while they wait. We ended up getting a table after about an hour and by the time we sat down, we weren't hungry anymore. If you only read one thing on this review let it be this:
ORDER the Dadinhos de Tapioca!!
I stopped in for a quick drink and tapas before heading to the airport. I would have never known about this place if it wasnt for my yelpmigo Fernanda S. Overall had a good time.....good beer and drinks...good service...good food...check it out if you are in the neighborhood.
Not much to add that hasn't been said already...fantastic "roots" Brazilian food in great atmosphere at very reasonable price. The Baiao de Dois with a side of Mocofava drizzled on top is so fantastically good I get it every time. Don't forget to bring some hot sauce home with you either. Oh yeah, the rapadura ice cream is also friekin' amazing.
You will not regret it. The food is fantastic and the caipirinhas are delicious! Make sure to arrive early. On weekends there wait could be up to almost 2 hours!
A memorable dinner. Enjoyed the cachaca taster. Make the effort to eat here. It's a tad of the way from downtown but well worth the drive. We actually invited our taxi driver to have dinner with us so we could insure a ride back to the hotel.
simplesmente sensacional. tudo.
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