I am an American that is married to a Brazilian from Recife and we have been coming to Recife regularly for the past 17 years. We always avoided Leite because we heard it was over-priced and simple food, but was finally able to give it a try. The ambiance was "business formal", with tuxedoed waiters and a grand piano playing in the background. It is close to the governmental offices of Recife and as such is good for a political power lunch - not good for kids. Anyway - service was formal, friendly and attentive. They had English menus, which was a bit of a red flag, but it was not touristy at all. I don't really have a history with Portuguese food outside of Brazil so my frame of reference may be off, but I can tell you that I found the food to be delicious - so much so that I paid full price to bring an entree home for my wife to try (I went with local friends). All three of us ordered something called "Sea Lovers", which is almost like a seafood-based jambalaya (not spicy). It was really good - it includes octopus, which was incredibly tender (perhaps the softest I have ever tried). We shared a bottle from the wine list which was small but sufficient. I had the passion fruit crepe, which was good but had a bit too much passion fruit sauce (would be better if drizzled instead of covered). The waiters were friendly and spoke a little English as well (rare in Recife). Expensive overall but relaxing with good food. I would definitely go back.
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