A friend of mine, who lives in the Kirkman district of Orlando, told me about this Brazilian market near my work. The place is called Silva's, which I took for a good sign since that is also the name of the greatest MMA fighter of all time. How the "Spider" weaves his way into a blog about food, well, this is the web right?
Anyway, the place is set up in buffet fashion, and I needed take out so I grabbed a few to go boxes and started filling up. My Portuguese, still in the infant stage, I don't know any Portuguese other than Anderson Silva's name and that their R's make H noises, made it difficult to read the cards over the various dishes. I can usually get by at Spanish restaurants, but I needed a coach here, and low and behold, there she was. According to this woman, I looked lost and in the need of assistance. Lovely lady, she answered my questions and even brought out a plate to let me try some things I had never seen before. The food was tasty so I filled a third and fourth to go box. She also explained to me that the best time to come in is between 11am and 3pm when they are bringing out a lot more food.
I highly recommend trying this place. The meat was good, even the stewed meat that I forgot to ask her to identify for me, and the sausages were awesome. There were little pieces of a strange, exotic fruit in my yellow rice, which was excellent. I spent a lot of time rolling pieces of it around in my mouth trying to detect some familiar notes of flavor. What could I compare it to? It looked like pieces of mango in color, but was not sweet, and it had this strange aromatic after taste that wasn't bad at all. The breads were good, especially this guava filled danish that I selfishly gobbled down on the way home to my family. I also tried a side that was a mixture of brown beans, Yucca flour, sausage and various other items. It looked like like a vegan dish or something you would find in a Lebanese market but with very good sausage.
I'll give this place an 8 on the Scales, and I'll take one of my more culturally immersed friends with me next time, to try more items and better explain some of the dishes. Great people, great name, good food and close to Universal in the Walmart plaza off Kirkman, so if you're ever out that way give it a try.