Dona Zefinha specializes in typical Northeastern Brazilian Cuisine, which is very different from local southern Brazilian food, specially from Gaúcho food (that is, food typical from the state of Rio Grande do Sul). Locals that are unfamiliar with northeastern Brazil may feel like tourists themselves when they come to Dona Zefinha: the dishes, ingredients and dish descriptions all have exotic names with words not spoken in the south of Brazil. The food is exceptionally well prepared and well presented, and it's indeed a great sample of what Brazilian Northeast cuisine has to offer. The decoration is awesome. The waiting is very friendly, however they don't speak english at all. The restaurant also makes their own sauces, spices and cachaça mixes that are exposed inside the restaurant in a "spices buffet" that you can try on demand and purchase if you like it.
If you're travelling the south of Brazil on business or for other reason and you don't have the chance to make it to Northeast's famous beaches and food, I'd say Dona Zefinha is the closet you'll get to that and to knowing a little bit more about this big country.
The place is not vegan friendly and pretty much all dishes are meat based.
Tip: whatever dish you order, you MUST order Acarajé as an appetizer. It's a deep fried bean flour based dough that resembles in texture a falafel. Acarajé is brazilian food by excellence. It is considered by a cultural patrimony of Brazil.
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