Yemanja Brasil Takes to the Streets: Launches Brazil Express

Yemanja Brasil Restaurante’s authentic Brazilian cuisine has gone mobile.

The Benton Park eatery debuted its new food truck, Brazil Express, about a month ago. The tropical-looking truck made its first major appearance at the Labor of Love Music Festival on Art Hill on July 28.

“It is a way to bring the taste of Brazil to the public and hopefully increase awareness of Yemanja Brasil Restaurant,” says owner Lemya Sidki.

The menu will feature a slew of ethnic eats such as empanadas, kabobs and traditional dishes like Feijoada de Ogum—black beans stewed with beef, sausage and pork ribs, served over rice—and Frango Rosé—chicken, mushrooms and corn in a rosa cream sauce over rice and topped with potato fries.

Brazil Express offers plenty of gluten-free and vegetarian options ranging from $3 for side items like Arroz e Feijao—pinto beans and rice—to $7 for combination meals like the cheesy Empanada de Palmito. The truck even offers two kinds of paveé, cookies layered in chocolate sauce or key lime mousse.

The truck will soon be serving downtown St. Louis, Sidki says, though specific locations and dates are not yet final. Sidki welcomes inquiries for private events, too, which can are a big source of revenue for food trucks.

And what about those caipirinhas—the cocktail of Brazil? Due to liquor licensing laws, they’ll be served at private functions only.

Brazil Express will be at Scott Air Force base on August 9 and at Corporate Hill (270 and Manchester) on August 15. Check Yemanja's Facebook page or @YemanjaBrazil on Twitter for schedule updates.