Have you noticed Brazil on the Rise in Orlando? A few years ago there weren’t many, if at all any, Brazilian Restaurants much less a Brazilian Bakery. Now there are more Brazilian Steakhouses than you can throw a Brazilian Supermodel at. I am sure you have heard of the mammoth meat feeding at places like Texas de Brazil, Nelore, and Fogo de Chao. But have you ventured to the Brazilian Plaza on International Dr. and walked into Pao Gostoso Bakery?
This semi circular plaza has a one way entrance and exit. It houses a huge Brazilian Grocery store, restaurant, shops, and Pao Gostoso Bakery. There are recent additions of outdoor patio style and sidewalk seating. The interior is airy and voluminous, with brightly painted ceiling air vents. Interior seating caters to sweet indulgences, while take out is an option. The menu features sandwiches, burgers, and Brazilian steak specialties. But the Supermodel here is Brazilian Pastries. These sumptuous goddesses are sweet and salted, baked to a perfect Brazilian tan.
Puff pastry with red dot is filled with Guava and cream cheese, other puffed pastry is filled with dulce de leche, two egg custard tarts and a pumpkin milk cake. Amazing flakiness and textures here, not too over sweet.
Cornmeal and milk cake – good balance of sweetness, amazing corn texture and flavor.
Dulce de leche cake with nuts – creamy and sweet dulce de leche, crumbly cake. Sinful!
Flan – sweet, silky, smooth, velvet sins.
Cashew Fruit Drink – is sold under the Brazilian Gourmet Brand, which carries various other native Brazilian fruit drinks such as Guava, Mango, and Passion. Dubbed as the “most liberal fruit” for its exposed nut (look carefully in the picture), this fruit drink actually taste like a fresh cashew fruit. I am amazed that this drink manages to neutralize the sour taste of cashew fruit and not overpower with sweetness. Yes, I have eaten a fresh cashew fruit.
There are so many different pastries in this bakery that I just can’t sample them all in one shot. With Brazil set to host the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and 2014 FIFA World Cup Soccer we should all eat more Brazilian cuisine and pastry. Don’t you think?