Porto Alegre, Brazil: SUSHI TIME at Riverside Shikki Cafe

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When I first came to Porto Alegre in 2008, my husband (who knows how much I LOVE sushi) took me to a wonderful sushi buffet. This little gem of a restaurant is nestled within the green, shady streets of the trendy neighborhood known as Moinhos de Vento (Windmills). Apparently, when the city was first founded in the 18th century, this hilly area was where all the windmills were located. Today, it is full of eateries, bars, boutiques and gourmet shops.

Aside from the food, which I will get to in just a moment, what I like about Riversides Shikki Cafe is the atmosphere. It's rustic, but casually elegant interior is relaxing. There is lots of light and a little window garden in the rear seating area. There is also outdoor seating for those who want to people watch.

The three times I have dined here have been at lunchtime. I maintain the European tradition of eating my main meal at midday and keep it light at night (it's how I stay slim, too). Lunchtime is not only healthier- it's cheaper (a wonderful fringe benefit). The lunch buffet offered is simply amazing for about R$35,00.

This price includes not only the generous and varied sushi buffet which is constantly being maintained by three chefs, but also the salad buffet, hot dishes buffet, pasta bar (where they whip up pasta according to YOUR specifications) AND dessert. Seriously- can anyone actually eat all that food? I haven't gotten past the sushi yet. The fish is super fresh and the presentation is vividly colorful. Tamaki is included with the buffet and made to order in a variety of ways and they also bring hot sushi to your table.

In Brazil, hot sushi is extremely popular and I had tried it for the first time in Sao Paulo a few years ago. Today we had salmon and cream cheese rolls fried to a crisp on the outside and served with a green organic mint sauce (quite interesting- I enjoyed the play of salty, sweet and fresh on my tongue at the same time). There is also fruit sushi like mango and one with guava paste- leave it to the Braziilians to be so creative with food! Oh, by the way, if you happen to be staying at the Sheraton Hotel, Riverside Shikki Cafe is only a short walk away and totally worth a visit if you are a sushi lover. Thank you for reading!

Riversides Shikki Cafe
Rua Padre Chagas, 44
Website: http://www.riversides.com.br/novosite/index.php

C. De Melo
Author & Artist
www.cdemelo.com

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