Samba Montclair

Samba Montclair offers more than just the most familiar Brazilian dishes. Brazil? Rio, Carnival and steak 24/7. Not so fast, says Ilson Goncalves. “People think Brazil is just Carnivale and that we just eat meat all day,” the 32-year-old owner of Samba Montclair says, laughing. You won’t find rodizio at Samba Montclair, which opened last year in what was once the Park Street Cafe. It’s a cozy, inviting space, with seating for 32; pale yellow walls decorated with pans, well-worn shutters and other items found by way of estate sales and Craigslist; two overhead fans in the shape of giant leaves; dinner menus on sturdy wooden planks, and the wall outside the restroom made from wine crates salvaged from the liquor store next door. –

Signature Dishes

Mandioca frita com linguica calabresa e cebola
Fried yucca with Brazilian pork sausage and caramelized onions

Salada de rúcula com manga
Baby arugula, mango and caramelized pistachios with an orange vinaigrette dressing

Bobó de camarão
Yucca purée with coconut milk, tomatoes and onion served with whole shrimp and white rice

Bifo a cavalo
Thin pan fried steak topped with two fried eggs served with sautéed collard greens, white rice and breaded fried banana