Founding partners and couple Afranio and Daniela Barreira have opened this first stateside outpost of the popular Coco Bambu, a Brazilian restaurant with 28 locations in its native country. And this 450-seater — huge by Miami standards — is apparently their smallest location (the Brazilian restaurants vary from 600 seats to more than 1,000).
And it's on Alton Road?
Yep. The former Miami Ad School at 9th and Alton has been completely transformed into a multi-story restaurant that still retains some original Art Deco touches (like Terrazo floors) but now has enough seating for hundreds, private dining areas, a large bar and lounge and a wine cellar.
You'll come here with
Homesick Brazilians and big groups — the portions here are made for big appetites.
Be prepared to eat
Seafood and lots of it. The epic menu lists more than a hundred dishes, many of which feature shrimp and fish. Portions are generous and encourage sharing. Prices take sharing into account with starters $7-$29 and mains $26-$81.
A basket of Brazilian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo) starts things off, and then it’s on to large plates, such as the sampler platter that features sauteed shrimp, roasted tomatoes, mozzarella salad and a ceviche. Over a dozen starters feature shrimp prepared in a variety of ways: roasted, grilled, stuffed, breaded, and more.
Most entrees are listed as portioned for two or more, so keep that in mind when ordering.
Mains are categorized according to protein with dozens of preparations for shrimp, fish, crab and lobster. Mixed seafood dishes can be had in the form of paella made with shrimp, calamari, fish and mussels or the Afro-Brazilian staple from Bahia, the Moqueca with peppers, coconut milk, cassava flour and palm oil.
There’s plenty of steak, chicken and vegetarian options as well, so don’t worry about bringing a variety of diners.
Desserts keep the decadence going with a dense warm banana bread pudding, and the Baked Cocada, brimming with shredded coconut. Other sweets include churros with dulce de leche and lemon zest and chocolate brigadeiros.
Valet is $7, or find plenty of street parking in the surrounding streets.
If you’ve only experienced rodizio, that nonstop Brazilian barrage of grilled skewered meats, you’ll be happily surprised by the change of pace at this seafood spot.