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Saravá: sophistication with great taste

March 22nd, 2007

In the taste of Shaker Square, Sergio’s Saravá is nothing short of top shelf dining.

A mile long wine list, valet parking and a full one hundred seat patio are just a few of the things that distinguish the Brazilian restaurant from the normal Cleveland scene.

Saravá’s bar is equipped with an extensive choice of wine as well as imported beers and mixed drinks. The chic atmosphere and variety of cuisine make it one of the more popular Brazilian restaurants in Cleveland.

Saravá’s bar is equipped with an extensive choice of wine as well as imported beers and mixed drinks. The chic atmosphere and variety of cuisine make it one of the more popular Brazilian restaurants in Cleveland.

Saravá on Shaker Square is the second Brazilian restaurant to open in Cleveland since 1995 and is a family owned establishment. In fact, Sergio himself is the head cook bringing his thirty years of cooking experience to the table, literally.

All of Saravá’s cakes, pastries, sauces and stocks are made on the premises and after one bite this becomes immediately obvious. Each plate is garnished with either fresh greens or a homemade side and this is evident in the taste.

I would have to say that Saravá is not for the pickiest of eaters mainly because of the obscurity of some of the choices.

To start, there was Key Lime Chicken which was a roasted chicken breast in a “tangy key lime reduction sauce” served with fried plantains and green beans. Its menu also featured items such as Brazilian Beef and Xim-Xim, a Brazilian style stew.

I went for dinner this past week and had what they called the Smokey Chicken Penne. A pasta plate with chicken, red peppers, mushrooms and smoked cheddar sauce which was very good and filling as well. It was about 18 dollars, one of the menus cheaper items.

I had my meal with a Brazilian soda called Guarana, but most people enjoyed their meal with a glass or two of wine.

About half the restaurant, which was made up of couples in their thirties and forties, had either a glass of wine or a mixed drink in front of them which I now understand is the restaurant’s forte.

The wine list features over 30 different types of wines and offers suggestions for what type of meal to have it with.

Additionally, Saravá also offers a wide variety of imported and domestic beers as well as many specialty mixed drinks.

Its atmosphere was charming and did a great job of showing its roots. Upon entering the restaurant one is immediately confronted with the sounds of Brazilian music, an array of different Brazilian decorations and a large bar.

The dining area at Saravá is also unique and is split up by booths, large and small tables, and most notably by a few separate lounge areas where patrons can enjoy their drink.

A typical meal, according to Saravá, ranges anywhere from 12 to 18 dollars but I found the norm to be about 17 to 24.

Of course, while it may be a bit too pricey for a college budget, I think the food is well worth the price if you want to splurge or better yet–if your parents are buying.