The accent and the quiet way of speaking reveal the origins of Carlos Roberto Inácio -- Minas Gerais, in Brazil. But it is in the kitchen that this background becomes even more evident. The flavors from Minas are present in all dishes made by the chef. "I used to watch my mother cooking in Minas, so I learned, in a different way, how to bring a different seasoning to my dishes," says Carlinhos, as he is affectionately known.
This family heritage was strengthened here in New York, where Carlinhos learned and developed several cooking techniques in recent years. The chef worked for some of the main Brazilian restaurants in the city, and developed menus and exclusive dishes. "I like to fly, to learn different things," says Carlinhos, who now holds new flights as the owner of Rice X Beans.
The restaurant in Woodside joins the two basic ingredients of Brazilian cuisine to present to its customers sophisticated dishes, but with a typically homemade flavor. The menu has options like Picadinho Carioca, Pao de queijo, Bife a Cavalo and, of course, the traditional Feijoada com caipirinha. "Feijoada is a dish that I love to cook and is completely different from the ones you can find out there, I cook the meat for an entire night to enhance the flavors and I have a secret seasoning," reveals Carlinhos.
"Our goal is to show a different cuisine from Brazil here, it's the Brazilian seasoning," he explains. And this touch is present at any time of the day, whether during the weekend brunch or the happy hour after long hours of work. After all, there is nothing like the taste of a typical Brazilian food - with a Caipirinha - to relax.
30-86 51st street - Woodside
New York, NY 11377, USA
(R train to Northern Blvd.)
Sun to Thurs 11:00am - 10:00pm
Fri & Sat 11:00AM - 11:00PM