Menu in Portuguese

example of menu in portuguese: cardápio or menu

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

three people choosing what they are going to eat on their menus. eles escolheram o que iam comer no cardápio.

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.

CouvertBasket of bread and spreads
Bolinho de BacalhauCod fritters
Pastéis RecheadosStuffed pastries
Gurjão de frangoChicken fried sticks
Gurjão de peixeFish fried sticks
Batata frita com queijo e baconFrench fries with cheese and bacon
Frango à passarinhoFried Chicken

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 bolonhesaBolognese sauce
Molho de tomatePomodoro sauce
Molho de queijoCheese sauce
Pizza doceSweet pizza

Meat, from Pork to Seafood in Portuguese

two people asking for help from the waiter. pedimos ajuda ao garçom para entender o menu.

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!

Carne bovinaBovine meat
Frutos do marSeafood

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.

Batatas fritasFrench fries
Purê de BatataSmashed potatoes
Batata rostiRosti potato
Purê de AbóboraPumpkin puree
Jardineira de legumesMixed Vegetables

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:

SorveteIce cream
Romeu e JulietaGuava and cheese
Tapioca doceSweet tapioca
Doce de leiteDulce 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!

Chá geladoIced Tea

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!!
Huge kiss!

Click on the links below to see more related Dicas
Restaurant in Portuguese
Restaurants in Brazil
Bill in Portuguese
Fork in Portuguese

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