South Beach is having a bit of a Brazilian moment with Ofa, the latest addition of a São Paulo-inspired spot that emphasizes seafood over traditional steakhouse staples. The name of the restaurant — opened by Brazilian hospitality and marketing pros Felipe Ortiz, Carmen Rodriguez and Lucas Scudeler — is a play on Farofa, the Brazilian side dish made of toasted yucca flour and spices.
A window-filled spot in the buzzing Sunset Harbor neighborhood with a lush backyard patio that features a Jaboticabeira (an imported Brazilian tree).
You'll come here with
Brazilian friends looking for a taste of home. Or adventurous dates looking to try unfamiliar dishes.
Be prepared to eat
Regional Brazilian. The lengthy menu runs the gamut from apps to salads to generously portioned mains. There are also seven varieties of farofa to try. Prices are on par for the neighborhood with starters averaging $12 and mains in the $20 range.
Dinner starts with a Brazilian cheese bread (Pão de Queijo) served with requeijão, a creamy Brazilian cheese spread. Then it’s on to small plates of Bolinho de Arroz com Molho Picante de Feijão — rice croquettes served with a spicy bean dip or the burrata dish that pairs locally-sourced burrata, cachaça-marinated linguiça (a Brazilian pork sausage), tomato confit, crispy arugula and bacon-infused olive oil.
The Bobó de Verduras is a Brazilian vegetable coconut curry made with mushrooms, tomatoes, onions and red bell peppers in a creamy, smooth yucca and coconut milk sauce, served with plantains. It can be ordered with grilled shrimp (do it). Despite the heaviness of the dish, the whole production manages to retain a fresh, lively— dare one say healthy — flavor.
Meat lovers can opt for the Picadinho, filet mignon cooked in a tasty meat sauce, baked plantains, crispy kale, and house farofa on a bed of brown rice and finished with a fried egg. Seafood lovers must try the Arroz de Polvo — a creamy octopus rice.
Desserts feature authentic brigadeiros, a traditional Brazilian truffle made with chocolate and condensed milk, and a decadent, warm guava cake, served with cream cheese icing.
A Saturday feijoada (traditional meat stew) is in the works, as are all-day parties in the backyard. And parking could not be more convenient in the spacious public garage in Sunset Harbour.
Brazilian cuisine goes beyond steak (surprise!) as this alluring little Brazilian bistro highlights regional cooking with class.