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Restaurant Review – Muqueca Restaurant

Brazilians are world-renowned for their beautiful bodies. One of the secrets to obtaining the god-like Brazilian body can be uncovered by observing their diet. Brazilians hold a love for healthy cuisine, which plays an enormous role in any holistic health and fitness plan. To experience healthy Brazilian food at its finest, visit Muqueca Restaurant in the charming neighborhood of Inman Square, less than a twenty minute walk from the Harvard Business School.

In contrast to most Brazilian restaurants that feature salty and heavy dishes of rice and beans and steak, Muqueca Restaurant Owner, Fafa Gomes, creatively designed a menu inspired by the delicacies of Espirito Santo, her Brazilian hometown. Muqueca is the authentic name of a traditional cooking style from the region of Espirito Santo, where seafood such as fish, crabs, and scallop flavored with cilantro, annatto seeds, and olive oil are cooked in a huge clay pot.

The menu is composed of the freshest and purest ingredients. Even the dessert is healthy, and the meal can be wrapped up with the Acai bowl, an energizing mixture of fresh acai fruit topped with fiber-rich granola. Acai is one of the many Brazilian fruits rich in healthy fatty acids, antioxidants and potassium. Other exotic Brazilian fruits offered in the form of fresh juices include guarana, acerola, and graviola. The restaurant is vegetarian-friendly; in general, all seafood dishes can be substituted with tofu. My only advice to health conscious dieters is avoid white rice which is served in huge portions with each muqueca dish. Unfortunately, brown rice substitutions are unavailable.

Every dish is a beautiful work of art, as each dish is meticulously presented. Each plate is colorful, fragrant, interesting and unique. The restaurant’s most popular and interesting dishes include the Lasagna de banana, Shrimp Moqueca, Cod Capixaba, Brazilian Crab Cake, and Seafood Pie.

The fresh and pure diet is only one component of a Brazilian’s secret formula for obtaining a god-like body. Brazilians understand the healthy holistic interrelationship between diet, exercise and lifestyle. Their fun-loving energies and positive attitudes towards life are reflected in the brightly colored interior design of the restaurant and the magnanimous spirit of the waiters. Brazilian television in the background contributes to the warm, small family-style ambience.

Muqueca Restaurant
1093 Cambridge Street
617-354-3296
www.muquecarestaurant.com

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Fafa Gomes has lovingly shared the recipe for one of her restaurant’s most popular dishes, the Seafood Pie, a tradition that dates back over one hundred years. This dish is typically enjoyed during Easter in Espirito Santo.

SEAFOOD PIE
(Serves 6 People)

Ingredients
Fresh Herbs: Onion, garlic, olive oil, lemon, cilantro, green onions; Several fresh tomatoes
2kg of natural palmito that has been previously cooked or substitute with about 3 large cans of heart of palm.
200g frayed and cooked siri
200g frayed and cooked crab
200g cooked shrimp
200g cooked oyster
200g cooked sururu (mussels)
200g frayed and cooked white fish fillets
500g frayed and cooked unsalted cod

Preparation
Prepare a saute consisting of onion, garlic, pepper, olive oil, green olives all chopped up. Cook the palmito and wait until the water evaporates. Incorporate all seafood cooked in the moqueca clay pot, ensuring that minimal liquid exists. Begin with fish and cod, followed by the remaining ingredients. After the seafood is cooked, mix in six beaten eggs, leaving a small amount to cover the pie. Pour seafood into the muqueca clay pot. Add the remaining of the meringue made with eggs and decorate with onion rings and black olives. Bring the pie to a preheated oven in medium temperature. When the pie starts to foam on top, it’s ready-it should have a light brown color and the eggs will look cooked. Enjoy!

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Muqueca, Cambridge, Boston – Urbanspoon/Zomato

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Gourmet Pigs
724 Posts, 117 Followers
Boston may not have as much diversity as Los Angeles, but when it comes to Brazilian food, Boston has more. Just three blocks away from my new place is Muqueca, a Brazilian restaurants specializing in the namesake seafood stew. Muqueca is a Brazilian style seafood stew from Espirito Santo or Bahia, cooked in clay pots. The ones at Muqueca are typically the Espirito Santo style, made with cilantro, tomato, onion and served with rice and pirao. But they will also do the Bahian style which uses coconut milk. We tried both styles in the Moqueca Completa (fish, shrimp, mussel. $25.95) The only other time I’ve had moqueca was at a similarly named restaurant in Oxnard, California: Moqueca . I still like the Oxnard one better, though that one contained lobster and was more expensive. These are still quite good, and I’m still happy to find a good rendition of this rare dish. They’re pretty generous with the seafood and they’re cooked properly with the fish soaking up the stew broth. What I ende …
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Jessica Dennis
183 Posts, 32 Followers
Many Americans associate Brazilian restaurants with rodizio style all-you-can-eat buffets or churrascarias, where skewers of meat are brought to your table and sliced directly onto your plate. Muqueca is a different kind of Brazilian restaurant. Rather than the focus being on meat, most of the menu items at Muqueca are seafood based. Muqueca is both the name of a charming restaurant in Inman Square and the name of a national dish (typically spelled Moqueca). Naturally, Moqueca is the signature dish here. Moqueca is a Brazilian seafood stew originating from the states of Espirito Santo and Bahia. Moqueca is cooked on top of the stove in clay pots. The seafood is poached in a rich broth, which is seasoned with tomatoes, cilantro, onions, olive oil, and annatto— a natural coloring seed. Coconut milk, palm oil, and if you like, a zest of hot sauce can be used to add flavor, although I personally don’t think you need any of that. Moqueca with fish and shrimp…
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CerulC
35 Reviews , 4 Followers

Moqueca, brazil’s bouillabaisse!. Best black bean soup i’ ve ever consumed!…moqueca shrimp & muscles served w/rice and fish sauce…a light tomato sauce w/hints of herbs and cilantro…presented in a rustic clay pot…exquisite national dish.

Jen Petri
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Eat here!! You won’t be sorry!

Muqueca is amazing and you will have so much deliciousiousness dancing on your tastebuds, you may not be able to stop. Yeah I know that isn’t a word, but it should be.

BunnyandPorkbelly
311 Posts, 40 Followers
Went there with my bff Sherry and a friend from college last month. we had to wait in line for 20 mins. we ordered moqueca completa and seafood rice casserole and some appetitzers. they were relatively small portions. fried calamari. actually pretty good. seafood rice casserole moqueca completa the friend from college order a dish that contains pork or whatever intestines which i totally wasnt aware of. i had one bite, omggggggg i was totally grossed out. i know i was born in china, but my family doesnt eat any of that stuff!! i hated it, so it kinda let down the entire meal. i couldnt enjoy my meal because the taste of the intestines stuck in my head and my mouth!!!!!! couldnt wait to go home and brush my teeth and my entire mouth!! i love flan and i was so excited to get it, but it wasnt good there. i was extremely disappointed. come on how can u mess up on that. i dun think i would go back. this place gets 3/5 bunny belly Muqueca Restaurant 1008 Cambridge St Cambridge, MA 02141 (617 …
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Rachel Blumenthal
153 Posts, 67 Followers
Muqueca is named for moqueca — a traditional Brazilian slow-cooked stew containing fish and shellfish, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and a few other components. The reason for the spelling discrepancy is unclear; the “o” version is used throughout the menu …
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Rob Alpert
119 Reviews , 22 Followers

Other side of Brazilian. This small restaurant has some of the best seafood dishes in Cambridge. Based on the traditional Brazilian cooking with clay pots, Muqueca cooks up some delicious stews full of flavor. All dishes are made to order. Coconut shrimp and fried plantains were prepared to perfection. The fish filet salad had several big pieces of deep fried fish surrounding a small salad. The main course was served in a clay pot with a side of rice. Big shrimp came out simmering in a sauce of onion, tomato and cilantro. For the price, Muqueca is cheap because you cannot get this much quality food at these prices. The service was slow at times but the staff knew right away what the answer was to any questions about the menu. Parking is limited to street parking for the area. This is a great alternative to the typical seafood or Brazilian restaurants.

Colleen
87 Posts, 13 Followers
Muqueca is a little Brazilian restaurant in Inman square, and it quickly became a favorite when my parents first moved to Cambridge a few years ago. We even had them cater my college graduation party. At that time, prices were dirt cheap, they occupied a …
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Tiny Urban Kitchen
378 Posts, 64 Followers
When I say Brazilian food, what does the average American think of? Most likely, the answer is Brazilian BBQ, which involves all-you-can-eat quantities of endless meats on skewers passed around. The mere thought of that makes me not want to eat anymore. T …
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MuQueCa’s fried yucca with carne del sol – Hot Plate

By KENJI ALT  |  September 5, 2007

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Most people who visit MuQueCa, the familial Brazilian restaurant in Inman Square, go for the eponymous seafood stew ($11.95/fish; $14.95/mixed seafood) — and with good reason. Served in a handmade clay pot, the dish consists of cod, shrimp, and mussels gently cooked in an aromatic broth of onions, tomatoes, and cilantro. Heavy with the fresh flavors of the ocean, it’s big enough to satisfy two healthy appetites. But on the left side of the menu, just between the Brazilian crab cakes ($5.95) and the sautéed shrimp with garlic oil and cilantro ($6.95), is what I’m after tonight: fried yucca with carne de sol ($5.95).

I am a French-fry gourmand. Whether it’s the thin-cut-double-fried-crunchy-on-the-outside-creamy-in-the-middle variety, thick and greasy steak fries, or crispy patatas bravas at a tapas bar, as long as it involves potatoes and hot oil, I’ll eat it (I’m even an un-closeted fan of fast-food fries). Fried yucca, I’ve discovered, is French fries taken to the next level. Its high starch-and-sugar content helps it become shatteringly crisp on the outside, while remaining luxuriously buttery and slightly sweet in the middle. Carne de sol, made by salting slivers of beef and allowing them to dry and ferment slightly in the sun over the course of several days, is a richer, beefier, more complex version of your standard beef jerky. Try alternating between bites of the yucca and the beef: the salty, chewy carne is the perfect foil to the crisp, sweet yucca.

The dish is served with a creamy, tangy sauce packed with garlic and herbs that pushes it over the edge from good to crave-able. The menu describes the sauce as a “secret, created by our chef,” and a quick inquiry to the waitress about its ingredients confirmed this, as she suddenly pretended not to speak English.

Available for $5.95 at MuQueCa, 1093 Cambridge Street, in Cambridge. Call 617.354.3296.

Read more: http://thephoenix.com/boston/food/46844-fried-yucca-with-carne-del-sol/#ixzz3uULKaDrx

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Restaurant Review: Muqueca « CBS Boston

Restaurant Review: Muqueca

By Rachel Leah Blumenthal

CAMBRIDGE (CBS) – Two years ago, I went to Muqueca on a first date. Recently, we finally got around to a return visit (not to celebrate our anniversary, though, because my boyfriend thought re-doing the first date would be too cheesy). When we first tried Muqueca, a Brazilian seafood restaurant with a focus on cuisine from Espírito Santo, it was in a small corner spot on Cambridge Street in Inman Square — cozy, lively, and loud. Since then, it has moved to a larger space down the street, making it a little less intimate but still quite homey.

Muqueca is named for moqueca — a traditional Brazilian slow-cooked stew containing fish and shellfish, cilantro, tomatoes, onions, and a few other components. The reason for the spelling discrepancy is unclear; the “o” version is used throughout the menu. There are plenty of other things on the menu to try (a friend of mine reports enjoying the shrimp bobó), but I’d recommend going for the namesake, which is served in an authentic clay pot imported directly from Brazil. For a variation, try ordering the Bahian version, which includes palm oil and coconut milk. On the side, you’ll receive rice and pirão — a fish-based gravy made with cassava flour.

On my first visit, I don’t recall a liquor license – -just fruit juices and frozen “mocktails.” Now, though, there’s a full bar, so I felt I had to try their version of the national drink of Brazil, a caipirinha. A mix of cachaça, sugar, and lime, it’s similar to a mojito, but stronger (and tastier, I think!) Interesting translation note: caipirinha is the diminutive version of caipira, which translates fairly closely to “hillbilly.”

Muqueca’s decor, like the service, is cheerful and welcoming. One brick wall features colorful oil paintings, ostensibly of Brazilian scenes, and the back wall is turquoise, covered with a fishing net and whimsical fish sculptures.

Our latest visit was the night of the infamous tornado, and as we watched the never-ending lightning and downpours through thewindow, we decided to get dessert just to stay dry a little bit longer. The table next to us, who had already paid and were about to leave, ended up ordering another pitcher of sangria.

It’s a good thing we stuck around; the dessert menu was fantastic— and not just because of the tasty offerings. No, it was the menu itself that piqued our interest. The descriptions made us laugh almost embarrassingly loudly. “Just a flan? Not really! This is a flan with a twist,” read the chocolate flan description. “It will melt in your mouth hitting all the bud-tastes of your tongue. You will not regret having one. In fact, you will beg for more.” Well, we were too full to beg for more, but it was certainly tasty. (My favorite description, though, was for the regular flan. You were born for this,” it insists. Indeed!)

Muqueca

1008 Cambridge St.

Cambridge, MA 02139

(617) 354-3296

Rachel Leah Blumenthal is a Somerville-based writer, photographer, and musician. She writes about food on her blog, Fork it over, Boston!, and runs Boston Food Bloggers, a networking community. For more information, visit RachelBlumenthal.net.

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Muqueca Restaurant – 209 Photos – Latin American – Cambridge, MA – Reviews – Menu – Yelp

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    Joanna Y. said “Had to update with the newest addition to their Korean menu: GAMJA TANG (pork bone soup). This is a spicy stew that is so appropriate for Boston winters. The broth is VERY CLEAN and just spicy enough. The…” read more

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  • Higor F.
    11/25/2015

    Best Muqueca Ever! I’ve recently brought a special couple from Cape Cod to delight a Muqueca Capixaba and they loved it.

  • Stephanie W.
    10/12/2015

    Oh wow. This place is fantastic!

    Every dish is ridiculously good. We got the fried chicken, plantains, and crab cake for appetizers. Then we got the the fish stew for the entree and . The chicken was so flavorful and distinct. The plantains were a warm, soft bite of HEAVEN. The crabcakes were good, but were kind of outshined by the other apps.

    And then the stew. oh my. It was just so good. You need to try it. I would normally try the dish with the most variety, but my friend assured me that the fish stew was THE best. I haven’t had the chance to try any other stews, but I believe her. It was phenomenal.

    Also! The ambience is great! There is very cute nautical decor, and some nice window seats for people watching. All the food seems to be cooked and served in these little handmade clay plates. They’re really wobbly and cute. The staff is very kind, helpful, and prompt.

    I can’t wait to go back to Boston and return to this restaurant.

  • Edwin R.

    11/24/2015

    Muqueca is located on the strip of Cambridge St., where I was told, lots of hip restaurants to eat. Muqueca is also well known by many MIT and Harvard students as the place to order their authentic traditional caipirinha (Brazilian hillbilly drink).

    I suggest ordering their side of plantains. Their Feijoada ComPleta is a Brazilian National Dish and really good. It comes with Black beans stew with fresh & dried meat, pork, sausage & bacon, and served with collard greens, fried plantain, farofa & orange. It was mouth watering and so good and cooked in a clay pot. For dessert, their chocolate flan was good but super rich, so if you don’t like it super sweet, I suggest their tapioca coconut dessert instead .

    What surprised me the most, I requested a cup of coffee after a nice meal, and the our nice waitress made me an awesome Brazilian espresso. What a treat! We will definitely come back when we are in the area.

    Until then, Cheers! ~ :p

  • Jonathan C.
    • 38 friends
    • 30 reviews
    11/19/2015
    1 check-in

    Tiny little place that none of the locals seem to know about.  If there’s large parties the servers can be a little overwhelmed. Just be patient.

    Everything we tried here was good. Had the traditional caipirinha aka Brazilian hillbilly drink.

    Most of the dishes come with sides such as rice and plantains.  Had a beef dish and shrimp and fish dish.  Both very flavorfu even without the sauces. Seems like you can’t go wrong at this place. The chocolate flan was good but could be rich for some. Tapioca coconut dessert was even better. Their coffee is also very good. It can be a little pricey with the seafood dishes so bring some friends and share.

  • Patricia P.
    • 32 friends
    • 41 reviews

    11/18/2015

    1 check-in

    Very nice, delicious muqueca, delicious caipirinha.
    The bolinho de bacalhau is very good also.
    The service is nice.
    I had a good time.

  • Damien S.

    7/8/2015

    An immensely enjoyable lunch with rockstar Elite Yuk L! And not just because of her sparkling personality…

    Dat fried yucca. And the moqueca sizzle.

    Their namesake dish consists hearty, flakey whitefish braised(?) tender and left to marinate in a bubbling stew of tomatoes, peppers and onions, served with a mound of rice and a starchy thick fish gravy on the side. The liquid is at once sour, citrusy, a tad piquant, and unctuous in all the right ways. A tom yum, minus cilantro and young coconut milk. Definitely fish sauce, maybe? It’s a delectable mystery. The lunch portion is basically a half serving, and runs $12.50. You don’t need more than this, Joey Chestnut.

    By no means should you do less. Get this. Get this now. “GET NOW!” – Ahnold

    But not before you start with the fried yucca ($6). I’ve had it elsewhere; I’ve never had it better. Yucca’s one of those foodstuffs that’s easy to fry dry, but not in this house. The dippers (including a fiery garlic-tomato-Brazilian red pepper sauce) are wonderful accompaniments, but this root is so unbelievable tender and creamy, it could be et on its own.

    Juices are blended to order, and my $5 Blue Caju (blueberries, cashew fruit, papaya) screamed summer. Then screamed again as I sucked it down.
    Mercilessly.

    The “new” kids on the block (bisq, Puritan & Co, clover) may be drawing attention to the skirts of Inman, but classics like Muqueca have been owning the spotlight for a while. ¡Viva Brasil!

  • Anthony A.
    • 19 friends
    • 48 reviews

    12/6/2015

    I ordered the fish and shrimp muqueca for dinner last night and it was delicious. My uber driver later that evening is actually from Brazil and told me that Muqueca is one of his favorite Brazilian restaurants in the Boston area, as well. If you can handle your food being spicy, I highly recommend pouring their special hot sauce on top of the muqueca.

  • Augusto G.

    10/4/2015

    First of all, I’m Brazilian. And I’m very picky when I eat my home food abroad.
    I’ve been here a couple of times, and this place doesn’t disappoint me.
    It’s easy to get a table during lunch, but it gets crowded at night. yes, get a reservation.
    Ok, let’s start with the food. For appetizers, the Brazilian crab cake is good, but it’s a simple portion. If you’re not alone, just ask for the fried yuca; trust me, it’s good.

    Sometimes it’s hard to choose the main course. Brazilian always eat rice with something. You can try the Fish & Shrimp Muqueca, which is a typical Brazilian dish. It’s a fish stew with lots of flavors. I tried the picanha (prime cut sirloin), and it did’t disappointed me. Or you can go Brazilian and ask for a feijoada (black beans stew with dry meat, pork, sausage and bacon). I also tried the banana lasagna; it was good, but I couldn’t finish. Guess it was too rich.

    Don’t forget the caipirinhas (be aware that they are strong), and the brigadeiros for dessert.

    The service is good, and the place is cozy.!!

Source: Muqueca Restaurant – 209 Photos – Latin American – Cambridge, MA – Reviews – Menu – Yelp

Muqueca, Cambridge – Menu, Prices & Restaurant Reviews – TripAdvisor

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4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago

Muqueca is located on the strip of Cambridge St., where I was told, lots of hip restaurants to eat. Muqueca is also well known by many MIT and Harvard students as the place to order their authentic traditional caipirinha (Brazilian hillbilly drink). It is a small place and surprisingly, not many locals know about. A hidden gem for sure, but…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed November 5, 2015

Best Brasilian food outside of Brazil. The moqueca’s, feijoada and caiprnihas are as authentic as you can find. The deserts were to-die-for and the expresso’s put Starbucks to shame. You really need to go here if you want to feel like you are dining in Sao Paulo or Rio.

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4 of 5 starsReviewed October 9, 2015

Muqueca is a national dish of Brazil and it is wonderful. I had the shrimp muquecu and it was full of shrimp. My wife had the red snapper. It was very good. Also try the Brazilian dark beer.

Cambridge, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 starsReviewed September 12, 2015

Definitively the authentic Brazilian experience for seafood! Wonderful food and the owner is very friendly! Some staff are great! It is not a place to eat in a rush, so go when you have time to appreciate the time it takes to prepare great food!

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4 of 5 starsReviewed August 18, 2015

We were in the mood to eat something different and tried this restaurant based on reviews here. Truly was a good restaurant with great food and service. Family friendly as well. Quick cab ride from MIT area. Parking easy in the pm.

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5 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015

To begin, let me state that our recent first visit to Muqueca will be the first of many. Our servier, Nicole, was first rate–informative, courteous, and attentive. As for the food it is AMAZING!!!! Constant Companion and I began with Lula empanada com molho de maracujá (Fried Calamari with passion fruit sauce). Nicole volunteered to bring some of Muqueca’s home…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed July 25, 2015

I’ve seen Muqueca when passing by but never really noticed it. It doesn’t demand your attention – it seems more low-key, content to do what it does, which is provide delicious food with friendly and accommodating service. Four of us went for an early dinner and the place was half full when we arrived. It didn’t take long to fill…More 

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4 of 5 starsReviewed June 30, 2015

If you love Brazilian food, this is your place in the Boston area! I am not such a fan of Brazilian food, but still enjoyed our visits here. The offerings were very similar to what I had traveling in Brazil. My favorites are the fresh juices available, which I have not found many other places, although the caipirinhas are also…More 

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5 of 5 starsReviewed April 10, 2015

This is a gem of a place. The food is delicious and the history behind it is compelling. I highly recommend this restaurant for people who enjoy bold flavors and spice.

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4 of 5 starsReviewed March 21, 2015

A friendly welcome preceded an interesting and very pleasant meal. Two senior adults and a five year old boy all were pleased by the meal and service. The adults had the national dish of Brazil, the five year old was satisfied with his steak tips. We tried their nonalcoholic drinks, fruit based and again each was able to find something…More 

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Man Food: Clay Pot Goodness at Muqueca in Cambridge

Man Food: Clay Pot Goodness at Muqueca in CambridgeOn blustery days like today, it’s tough to top a bubbling crock of Brazilian stew.By Richard Chudy | The Feed | March 19, 2013, 12:14 p.m.

Welcome to Man Food, where burger pro Richard Chudy steps away from his usual burger beat to explore food challenges, street eats, and other gut-busting delights. Ladies are welcome, of course.

Photos by Katie Barszcz for Boston magazine.

Muqueca: It’s the name of both a national dish, and a charming restaurant in Inman Square. While I’m sure the rest of the extensive menu, which highlights Brazilian ingredients like yucca, plantains and black beans, is wonderful, on this visit I was after only one thing—a big clay pot of the namesake, brimming with an abundance of cod, shrimp and aromatics. A violently spitting clay pot arrives with an inverted pile of rice, pirao (a thickened sauce of sorts using stock and fish bones), and hot sauce. Waiting for the pot to cool down is not easy, since the savory flavors of cilantro and the ocean permeate  the colorfully-decorated and brightly-lit restaurant as you sit there, salivating.

The muqueca is labeled as a stew but the broth is so scarce it’s hard to call it anything more than a really terrific fish dish with a little bit of liquid. But this quickly becomes irrelevant because the dish is so expertly prepared. The cod is soft and luscious, just flaking so that it barely dissolves into the rest of the pot. Plump shrimp are also treated with care, though slightly under-seasoned. The annatto and tomato-based broth ultimately acts more like a sauce and less like a soup component, but the little there is of it is a treat. The flavors of South America are alive and well here, with notes of garlic and onion balanced by the cilantro and tomato. It’s mostly just a straight-forward dish without too many twists and turns, but a careful addition of the fiery red hot sauce wakes it up in just the right way. The pirao, though is a mere distraction on the table. Overly thick and almost gelatinous, it has little to no flavor.

Sometimes the simple dishes are the hardest ones to pull off; too many components would easily muck this up, muddling the flavors in an unnecessary way. The muqueca at Muqueca is solid. The seafood is about as well-prepared as possible, and although the tomato-annatto broth is an appetizing blend of onions, garlic and cilantro, it isn’t until a generous self-helping of hot sauce that this dish truly begins to sing.SPONSORED CONTENTSuggested: Taj Boston’s New Seasonal Menu Is Here, And It’s Delicious1008 Cambridge St., Cambridge, 617-354-3296, muquecarestaurant.com

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Muqueca Restaurant Restaurant – Cambridge, MA | Zagat Review

Muqueca Restaurant Brazilian | Cambridge FOOD 24 DECOR 14 SERVICE 22 COST $28   For “large, satisfying” portions of “Brazilian comfort food”, diners head to this Inman Square “treat” known especially for its way with “colorful, vibrant seafood dishes” like the eponymous stew served in a hot clay pot; the “festively decorated” space may be “small”, but it’s nonetheless a “nice”, “family-run place.” Zagat reviews are compiled from individual user reviews. Write a review for Muqueca Restaurant ADDRESS 10

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Review of Muqueca- Seafood instead of skewers – The Boston Globe

For many Americans, Brazilian cuisine means red meat. Or self-service buffets selling food by the pound. Or churrascarias where skewers of barbecued pork, lamb, and sausage are sliced directly onto your plate.

Muqueca is a different kind of Brazilian restaurant. It specializes not in the beef of the pampas, the grassy fields in southern Brazil where cattle are raised, but in the fish and shellfish of Brazil’s lakes, rivers, and Atlantic coast. Seafood pie, red snapper, salt cod casserole, fish soup: This is what Muqueca’s owners, Antonio and Fafa Gomes, ate in Espirito Santo, their coastal home state in Brazil.

And it’s what they serve at the shoebox-sized restaurant they opened in East Cambridge six years ago. Their specialty is moqueca ($11.95-$14.95), a seafood stew of cilantro, tomato, onion, and a mixture of fish, shrimp, or mussels. It’s a blue-ribbon creation — light, healthful, rich in flavor, still bubbling with heat when it arrives, and elegantly served in a clay pot nestled in a decorative metal stand.

Ditto for the divine seafood pie ($15.95), a chunky mishmash of white fish, salted cod, crab, mussels, and the tiniest shrimp I’ve ever seen. Even when we were full we couldn’t get enough and kept scooping spoonfuls until the pot was scraped clean. “Pop art” is how my mother described its looks — a paper-thin topping of cooked egg, rings of onion baked into the eggy top, an olive plunked in each ring. A Rorschach test came to mind.

There’s red meat on the menu, too, including sirloin, tripe stew, and roast pork. There’s also feijoada ($11.95), the hearty Brazilian national dish of black beans, pork, sausage, bacon, and dried beef, accompanied by plantains, oranges, collard greens shredded like confetti, and white rice seasoned with olive oil, garlic, and salt.

This is marvelous, distinctive food. The soups ($3.50-$4.95) are excellent, especially fish soup thickened with yucca. Deep-fried red snapper (market price), a whole fish with an olive in its eye socket, gets nicely gritty crunch from a cornmeal coating. Shrimp sauteed in garlic, olive oil, and cilantro ($6.95) makes an ideal light starter, as does an unusual house salad ($5.95) of apples, olives, corn, tomatoes, heart of palm, and lettuce. But the Brazilian patties ($4.95-$5.95) are too doughy, and even though I like the greaseless fried yucca ($3.95), its “secret sauce” tastes like mayo from a jar.

A few warnings: Vegetarian options are few, although several dishes can be made with tofu, and some entrees are uncomfortably filling, like shrimp bobo ($11.95) in thick yucca sauce and chicken strogonoff ($8.95) with heavy cream. Strogonoff may sound strangely un-Brazilian, just like the lasagna. But they’re popular in Brazil, modified regionally. The strogonoff, for example, contains heart of palm, comes with rice rather than noodles, and is sprinkled with potato sticks, while the lasagna is made with plantains, not meat, tomatoes, or pasta.

The restaurant lacks a liquor license but makes up for that with its juice bar, which is stocked with tropical fruit that’s blended into naturally sweet drinks ($2.85). I occasionally longed for earplugs, because the juicer’s loud grinding can become grating. But it’s a joy to eat in this brightly colored, plant-filled place that feels like a cheerful home kitchen.

And what glorious desserts! Passionfruit and mango mousses ($3) explode with fruit flavor. Spumante ($3), a milky custard, is made special by a topping of prune and strawberry. Tapioca-coconut cake ($3) tastes like tropical rice pudding. Even the simple brigadeiros ($1.50), creamy chocolate balls made of condensed milk and rolled in chocolate sprinkles, are a hit.

MUQUECA

Cuisine: Brazilian/Latin

Address: 1093 Cambridge Street, Cambridge (Inman Square)

Phone: 617-617-3296

Hours: Tue-Thu 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri-Sat 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Sun noon-7 p.m.

Prices: Appetizers $3.50-$6.95, entrees $6.95-$15.95.

Comments: Reservations for 10 or more.Closed Mon.; closes 5 p.m. Sun.

May We Suggest: Fish soup, fruit juices, shrimp sautee, seafood pie, moqueca, feijoada, passionfruit or mango mousse.

Source: Review of Muqueca- Seafood instead of skewers – The Boston Globe