I am a culinary student from the US. I had the opportunity this summer to visit Durban, and one of the restaurants I chanced upon was Cafe Verde. This open, relaxed atmosphere welcomes anybody wearing shorts and sandals to suits and ties, with the same degree of professional and charming service that makes it feel more like dining with friends than paying for service.
From the origins of Brazil, with a little Mozambican flavor added to spice things up, I can say that there is not one thing I ate that I was not impressed with, including the liver, which I generally dislike as a food. Easily one of the best Piri-piri chickens I've found and the Moqueca were my personal favorites. Moqueca is a dish from the north of Brazil that is as complete a dish as a person is likely to find. It includes fish, shrimp (if desired), rice, coconut milk, vegetables and various seasonings that made it a veritable trip from Sao Paola and Rio de Janeiro to Brasilia.
Another luring charm of this unassuming gem is the Portuguese Chorizo. While sausage may be sausage, this is unique in the fact that the Chef, Luis, comes to your table and finishes it over firewater in a ceramic dish. Rarely have I had the opportunity to interface with a Chef at my table, a treat usually reserved for the rich and close, personal friends.
I cannot wait to return to Cafe Verde upon my next trip, whenever that may be. Thank you Luis, for all you've done!
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