When Barry Manilow sang about the Copacabana in 1978, he was of course referring to the hottest spot north of Havana…but there’s a new Copacabana on the scene, and it’s one of the hottest spots in Milan. Serving up sushi with a Brazilian twist, the restaurant offers a unique and colorful dining experience.
You would certainly be forgiven if the idea of Brazilian sushi baffles you, and you wouldn’t be alone. But this is one of those times when being adventurous truly pays off – so although you’re allowed to be confused, you aren’t allowed to give it a miss.
The sushi rolls are unlike any you’ve seen before; the ceviche maki has a spicy kick to it, the Mexicana rolls are bursting with flavor (though admittedly those aren’t so Brazilian), and the soft shell crab will leave you wanting more. It all comes served on a platter of banana leaves, and the display is so colorful that you might find yourself reaching for a camera to capture the beauty.
Copacabana’s atmosphere is lively and unsurprisingly quite Brazilian. The brightly colored wooden panels lining the front of the bar are complemented by whitewashed walls, and a hypnotic black-and-white floor pattern adds to the fun.
There are two levels, and if you’re lucky you might get seated at the rather romantic table that has its own private balcony. You can also choose to sit outside, at tables that are surrounded by heaters in the colder months.
You will of course need something equally flavorsome to wash it all down with. Trade the Japanese sake for Brazil’s signature caipirinha cocktail, which comes in various flavors including classic, passionfruit, and tropical.
When you’re finished with your meal, look across the table at the friend who convinced you that Brazilian sushi was a good idea, and say these three words: “You were right.” It’s a confession that will continue to be muttered time and time again at this great little spot.
Address: Via Cesare Cesariano, 14
Prices: Servings of 6-8 maki rolls range from €9.50 to €13, and temaki rolls cost €4.50 to €9. Caipirinhas begin at €6.50 for a classic, and go up slightly from there. Beers start at €5.