A potent mixture of African and Portuguese influences, along with some indigenous flavors and an emphasis on fish and seafood, Bahian cuisine is justly celebrated, both around Brazil and throughout the world, due to its colorful presentations and sophisticated flavors. Palm oil, coconut milk, peppers, cilantro, lime, dried shrimp, and cashews create dishes that are both suave and piquant, and often as fragrant as they are delicious.
Soteropolitanos are famous nibblers. Many meals are enjoyed communally around a bar table (many bars double as restaurants) or on the beach, and delicacies such as acarajé and cocada are savored in the street. The largest concentrations of eateries tend to be in tourist areas such as the Pelourinho and Barra, where you’ll find lots of good options (both touristy and authentic).
© Michael Sommers from Moon Brazil, 2nd Edition