If you haven’t tried Brazilian style sushi yet, I suggest you drop everything you are doing and head over to Copacabana Brazilian Sushi right away: fresh, intriguing and perfect for everyone (yes, even for those who don’t like raw fish), the rolls that come out of Chef Barreto’s kitchen are so tasty you will want to go back for more (and more. And MORE.)
Copacabana Temakeria has been around since 2014 with two very chic locations – one right at the beginning of Ripa di Porta Ticinese in the Navigli area and one by the Arco della Pace – and in these 4 years it has become one of the favorite fusion options for those who, like me, never get tired of trying new flavor combinations. Imagine my joy when I found out that they were adding some new items to their already amazing menu! Of course, I went and tried them, and here’s the lowdown on what their new dishes are like.
Let’s start with my new favorite, the beijo paulistano: this is a stellar roll where thin slices of sea bass are used instead of the nori seaweed and they are filled with jalapenos, wakame, and cream cheese, and then drizzled with truffle oil and ponzu sauce. The result is incredible, as the truffle is dosed just right and adds depth of flavor to the dish without overpowering the other ingredients.
Also prepared with sea bass, the shiromi fry also ranked really high as my second favorite: made with branzino, fried zucchini blossoms, a bit of cream cheese and a mix of teriyaki and spicy sauces, this roll is ideal for those who love a little heat.
The menu also presents two new salmon rolls: the salmao roll – raw salmon, cooked shrimp, cream cheese, ponzu, and chives – and the salmao ebi – fried shrimp, raw salmon, spicy mayo and a sprinkle of flying fish caviar on top – both rich in taste as only a salmon roll can be.
If you are more of a tuna person, don’t worry: the new maki sampa will definitely hit the spot with you, as it features a delightful mixture of tuna with fried calamari, wakame, spicy mayo, teriyaki sauce and flying fish caviar.
Vegetarian? Not a problem! Copacabana‘s chef Barreto came up with two new veggie rolls that will make your taste buds sing! The futomaki is a classic where nori seaweed is filled with rice, fried zucchini blossoms, avocado and then drizzled with teriyaki sauce; the maki alegria is also made with fried zucchini blossoms paired with mango, avocado, and cream cheese. Both are a real delight even for non-vegetarians, believe me.
The best way to enjoy all these rolls is with a delicious ginger caipirinha, which adds a nice fresh touch to the meal. The colorful decor, a perfect combo of Japanese and Brazilian elements, makes eating at Copacabana even more pleasant. For more information, visit their website.
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