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“Bahian Food in the Pelourinho”
Review of Odoya

Odoya
Ranked #78 of 8 312 Restaurants in Salvador
Certificate of Excellence
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours, Reservations
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We sat in the sidewalk while watching people walk across the square in the Pelourinho. The dish served well 2 adults and a 4 year-old boy. We ordered the typical Bahian sea food stew, cooked with local spices, known in Brazil as "moqueca". Wonderful and full of flavours! Price is not bad for the tourist location, bill rounded to 150 reais.

Thank Danielle P
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Reviewed 6 January 2018

As it happened I was in Salvador during the 'Dia do Samba' (Dec 2) and the 'Festa de Santa Barbara' (Dec 4-6), so plenty of action in the streets, especiall around the Praça Anchieta, where the restaurant 'Odoya' is located. Almost all people were dressed in red and white - in honour of 'Iansã', the Candomblé Goddess of the Winds, who had been syncretized with Saint Barbara. The restaurant 'Odoyá' on the other hands refers in its name to 'Iemanjá', the beautiful 'Mother of the Seas', who gets ritually greeted with the word 'Odoyá'.

There is outdoor seating (the most popular part) with some live music. When there a guitar playing man was singing international oldies like 'Guantanamera' and 'Olaré..Cantaré'. Thus really a place meant to attract tourists.

I sat in the rather empty interior and ordered a 'Couvert Baiano' with local specialities. It arrived incredibly fast and the various items had been put in a compartment plate. It consisted of 'Acarajé' (the popular pea balls fried in Dendé palm oil, which often get sold also at stands in the streets). Another dish was 'Abará's', again made from peas, but steamed inside banana leaves instead of deep fried. It also had 'Vatapá', a purée made with different ingredients, and just plain 'Camarões' (shrimps). The Acarajé and Abaras have to be eaten with a sauce, which was also served in a small bowl, otherwise they are pretty bland.

With it I drank a Chilean Sauvignon Blanc, which was served the correct way, unlike at another more expensive place the evening before. On the other hand the waiting staff (the women in traditional Baiana costume) was surprisingly unfriendly and they hardly uttered a word. Greetings here are obviously not meant for the guests, just for the mother of the seas.

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Thank saronic
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Reviewed 5 January 2018 via mobile

We had the moqueca as our first meal in Bahia. It was our first time trying it and boy was it delicious. It was, however, extremely filling and kept us all full until later in the evening- even after walking around for a long period. The wait staff was friendly and the food was great. It’s one of the only outdoor seating areas in Plaza Pelourinho.

Thank Max B
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Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Loved their shrimps with pineapple. The fish was also splendid.

Live music, friendly staff, women weaf typical clothes.

Certainly worth the visit

Thank Francis H
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Reviewed 16 August 2017 via mobile

We arrived back in Salvador on a Sunday after visiting Morro de São Paulo and a lot of places were closed. This place wasn't very busy when we first arrived however it soon got far busier and we were pleasantly surprised by the food which was very good. We had a fish and shrimp stew (which is local to the region) as well some complimentary ice cream. I would certainly consider going back if we did ever visit Salvador again.

Thank Luke C
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