I’m not familiar at all with Brazilian food, but our friend A recently purchased a Groupon to Sabor de Vida Brazilian Grill in Encinitas and asked if S and I wanted to try it out together. Of course, we happily obliged.
The place seems like a family-owned business and was quiet for Saturday lunch. There were soccer photos all over the walls, and cute paper decor hanging from the ceilings.
Looking at the menu, we decided to share two entrées and an order of pao de queijo, a chewy Brazilian cheese bread.Each order comes with five pieces, served piping hot. These mini-buns are made with tapioca flour, giving them a slightly chewy texture, and they’re light, airy, and cheesy. I would have eaten all five of them myself, but I had to share, hehe. One of the recommended dishes by our waitress was the picanha plate – a grilled sirloin cap, served with an assortment of sides.
You know that that we’re steak lovers, and this grilled sirloin was juicy and flavorful. I also really loved the sides – the black beans were especially delicious, as I believe they were cooked with bacon.The other dish that was recommended to us was the feijoada, available only on weekends. Feijoada is a Brazilian stew, cooked with black beans, beef, and sausage. We later learned that feijoada is a very traditional “family” dish, and it definitely tasted like comfort food to me. The stew was rich yet not overly heavy, and I really enjoyed it. It was served with rice, orange slices, collard greens, and farofa – toasted tapioca flour. I loved the farofa – it was so nutty and savory! I probably ate most of it, haha.
Overall, we had a really nice meal here. I loved the cheese breads so much that I contemplated getting a box of them to take home… but I wasn’t sure how well they’d keep and whether they’d still be tasty after getting cold. I’d love to come back for the feijoada again, too.
Sabor de Vida
215 S El Camino Real, Suite G, Encinitas, CA 92024