Hi there! Today we will have a remarkably interesting Dica about menu in Portuguese! Let’s learn how to order anything in Portuguese, including vegetables and various kinds of meat like fish, chicken, pork and seafood! Can you guess which word is easier to pronounce in Portuguese, chicken or fish? Imagine being under the hot sun of Rio de Janeiro and not being able to order a nice ice cream (or any other dessert) in Portuguese? No way! Don’t stress either about how to ask for more or less salt / pepper in Portuguese, we got you as well! From the appetizer until the main course, you will leave this class prepared to ask for dishes in Portuguese!
Parts of the Menu in Portuguese
In Brazil, our menu is divided into sections, which depends on what type of restaurant you are. But most restaurants in Brazil follow a basic approach on their menu, which we will take a closer view below:
Appetizers in Portuguese
The first section is almost always dedicated to appetizers, which are called entrada in Portuguese. The most popular entradas in Brazilian restaurants revolve around: a basket filled with distinct kinds of breads and some spreads, cod fritters, stuffed pastries, salads, and chicken or fish fried sticks. Some fancy restaurants might even have carpaccio and oysters, but they are not a rule.
|Basket of bread and spreads
|Bolinho de Bacalhau
|Gurjão de frango
|Chicken fried sticks
|Gurjão de peixe
|Fish fried sticks
|Batata frita com queijo e bacon
|French fries with cheese and bacon
|Frango à passarinho
Massas and Pizzas in Portuguese
Because of the intense immigration from Italy in the 1880’s, our cuisine has many elements from the Italian culture, but with a proper Brazilian twist. Spaghetti, ravioli, gnocchi, and lasagna are quite common, accompanied by different sauces, the most famous ones being bolognese, pomodoro and cheese.
We are also pizza lovers, and most restaurants, even if they don’t advertise themselves as Italian food, will have pizza options. But don’t expect a simple margarita or pepperoni. Here in Brazil, we have from the most traditional flavors to the craziest inventions, such as stroganoff pizza, French fries’ pizza, hot dog pizza, and the famous sweet pizzas, which also serve as dessert.
|Molho de tomate
|Molho de queijo
Meat, from Pork to Seafood in Portuguese
The most popular section for a main course is the meat section, so let’s learn it in Portuguese! The meat section is always divided into types of meat, like bovine, pork, chicken, fish, and seafood in Portuguese. Some restaurants offer their meat with side dishes chosen by the own chef, but other places also list their side dishes and allow you to combine items. Either way, restaurants in Brazil tend to be very flexible with their menus, so if you need to remove an item or change something, they will probably accommodate your dishes necessities in Portuguese!
|Frutos do mar
Side Dishes in Portuguese
But, which type of side dishes we are talking about? Well, you can have some pasta as mentioned above, but also other more Brazilian food. Rice and beans is a must on any menu in Portuguese, just like farofa, vinaigrette and a variety of potatoes: French fries, smashed potatoes, rosti potato and many more.
|Purê de Batata
|Purê de Abóbora
|Jardineira de legumes
Desserts in Portuguese
Oh boy, we are not only gonna teach you about salt food in Portuguese! Desserts are popular here as well and vary from European based sweets to our own native creations. We have ice cream creams and gelatos, many types of cakes, variations from French and Italian pastries like the petit gâteau and tiramissú. A very Brazilian dessert is Romeu e Julieta, which is the combination of guava and cheese! Let’s learn some desserts in Portuguese:
|Romeu e Julieta
|Guava and cheese
|Doce de leite
|Dulce de leche
Beverages in Portuguese
Well, if you come to Brazil, you must try our Guaraná and beer, for sure. But we have many diverse types of sodas, beers and wines from many countries, classic cocktails, several types of teas including the incredible Brazilian matte and much more! You won’t get thirsty here, for sure!
So, we just learned how to check out a menu and order dishes in Portuguese! What is your favorite dessert, and can you pronounce it in Portuguese? How do you like your fish and chicken prepared, and can you order it in Portuguese?
See you later!!