When visiting Salvador you must try the delicious ‘Bahian‘ food and there is no better place than Maria Mata Mouro. Set in the historical district of Pelourinho, the indoor tables behind the facade window are in a nice room, but nothing special, you might even consider walking right past the restaurant, but trust me, its worth going in. There is a tranquil courtyard garden in the back! It is so cute; there are various plants and trees scattered among the tables as well as a small fountain. It is really quite romantic and you completely forget you are in the middle of one of Brazil’s largest cities.
I have had moqueca (A traditional Brazilian made of fish, onions, garlic, tomatoes, cilantro and a few other ingredients served with rice) before, but this was by far the best I have ever had. Probably because it is the specialty dish of Salvador Bahia, but wow this was good! We had the moqueca with dorado and shrimp, there was also the choice of octopus or lobster (also very yummy!)
Maria Mata Mouro is an incredibly romantic hidden gem nestled into a busy neighborhood of Salvador. After visiting all of the beautiful churches and sites, head over for a glass of wine and a delicious Bahian meal.