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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brunch at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

Please note that the meal was complimentary. However, the opinions expressed in my blog are 100% my own!
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I do not know how many times I passed by SOB's, but I truthfully thought it was just another club that entertained many for more than 25 years. Until I received an invite to come and try it. This venue that can accommodate up to 450 people is huge and composed of different sections:
image of Brunch at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

The bar area:
image of bar at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

With its table football that was there especially for the World Cup.
image of table football at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

image of table football at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

Its large dining area with a stage where they play music for patrons who either want to eat, drink or dance.
image of dining room at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

In fact, during our brunch, there was band playing some Brazilian songs.
image of stage at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

I admit that when they arrived on stage, I was thinking that it will probably be loud and annoying as I like to enjoy my meal in a atmosphere where I can talk to my wife without screaming. It was perfect, being more in the background; the acoustic was fantastic and the band was very good.
image of caipirinha at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

They brought us the brunch menu that, for $31, includes unlimited sangria (red or white), an appetizer, an entree and a dessert. I was more inclined to try a caipirinha, Brazil's national cocktail made with  cachaça, sugar and lime.

image of caipirinha at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

I truly appreciated the fact that it was not too sweet and well balanced, with a nice quantity of lime in it.
image of caipirinha at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

At the same time, they brought us a bread basket:
image of bread basket at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

It was composed of a small croissant, bread, corn bread and of course, some cheese bread or pao de queijo (I love it):
image of cheese bread at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York


Then of course was the food. The menu, crafted by Chef Jorge Lima is latin, not only Brazilian.
image of Chef Jorge Lima at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

So we started with the appetizers. We went for the butternut squash soup with toasted pumpkin pepitos and crème fraiche:
image of Butternut squash soup at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

It was very good, with a nice sweetness from the butternut that worked perfectly with the crème fraiche (I just wish there was more of it).

The second appetizer was the empanadas:
image of empanadas at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

One was made with cheese:
image of cheese empanadas at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

The other one with some spicy beef:
image of beef empanadas at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

Both were good and I could not decide which one I liked best. The shell was delightfully crispy and flaky. Dipped in their spicy red pepper sauce, it was divine!
image of red pepper sauce at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

Let me tell you: this sauce was very hot, but so good, that I could not resist dipping the empanadas in it.

Then, Jodi got the fish tacos:
image of fish tacos at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

It is like a do-it-yourself version of it, made with pan-fried tilapia served with chopped greens, fresh tomatillo salsa, avocado relish and sour cream. The fish was perfectly cooked, slightly crispy and not greasy and at some point, I did not care about the tortilla and just ate it with the different components it was served with. It is a great dish.

But, the specialty I was thrilled to try at SOB's is the feijoada:
image of feijoada at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

It is Brazil's national dish made with pork ears and tail, dried beef and black beans (feijão is the Portuguese for "beans"). Yes, I was thrilled to eat it because I first tried it in April at a restaurant called Bolinha in São Paulo. It was also served with rice, collard greens (surprisingly delicious as I tend to find them too bitter), a slice of orange and manioc flour. Was it close to what I tried in Brazil? Yes, Although Chef Jorge Lima told me that he is trying to recreate it with the ingredients he can find here. And I am sure anyway that everyone has its own recipe. What I can tell you is that it was very good and comforting: the meat was very tasty (they had a generous amount of it) and I liked mixing the different components together.

You are probably wondering at this point if we were still hungry. Well, not really, but we could not leave without trying some desserts! We tried:

The flan:
image of Flan at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

And the empanadas with chocolate and banana:
image of banana and chocolate empanadas at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

My favorite was the flan: dense, it was prepared with condensed milk, like in Brazil. This is definitely a dessert I recommend. The empanada? It was just ok: I thought that there was not enough filling and that it was not heavenly spread, only one bite (photo below), having a nice amount of chocolate.
image of banana and chocolate empanadas at Sounds Of Brazil SOB's in NY, New York

This was a fantastic brunch and surprising: I would have never thought about going to SOB's for lunch or brunch. Would I go back? Hell, yeah!

Enjoy (I did)!

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