Samba - Montclair

(Eli Paryzer) #1

We had an excellent dinner at Samba in Montclair. This is a very tiny little Brazilian restaurant. We started off with a couple of amazing appetizers. The first was crispy fried yucca (which are better than french fries) and homemade Brazilian pork sausage, with sauteed onions. The sausage had a nice snap to it, & the yucca was crispy on the outside, and creamy on the inside.
Next we had the most amazing duck sliders, with caramelized onions and Gorgonzola cheese on a homemade gluten free Pao De Queijo (Brazilian cheese bread). The bread perfectly soaked up the sauce. This just moved up into my top 5 appetizers. The whole combination was a match made in heaven :yum: My pictures didn’t come out that well. The 3rd picture is from Samba.

For entrees we both got a really fresh special of wild caught red snapper, with leeks risotto, crispy kalamata olives, & white truffle oil. The leeks risotto went perfectly with the snapper, and was better than most risottos that I’ve had in Italian restaurants.

We normally order the incredible stuffed acorn squash with creamy butternut squash, shrimp, herbs, & Parmesan cheese. Mrs P has made this at home & it is awesome. Below is a picture from Samba.
Another great dish that I have had in the past is called Feijoada, which is the Brazilian National dish. It is a 24 hour slow cooked cassoulet that contains black bean stew, pork sausage, pork ribs on the bone, bacon, and dried beef. It is a nice hearty dish that is perfect for a cold winter evening. Below is a picture from Samba.


Happy to hear that Samba is still on its game! That was always a good spot, although I haven’t been there since moving from NNJ.