Adjacent to the main dining room is the Zarlengas' nephew Mauricio manning the Rum Room. It's a vibrant space made all the more inviting by what's behind the bar: Colorado's most expansive collection of rum, with nearly 100 varieties.Forty years ago, in a boat off the Greek coast, a chance encounter with a young lady's bewitching smile brought Marla and Tony Zarlenga together. That sort of unexpected crossroad is at the heart of Cafe Brazil, where the couple has stood alongside each other as chefs for two decades. Together, they usher out dishes whose origins lie in the cuisine of northern Brazil and its neighbor to the northwest, Colombia, but whose soul comes from the tapas bars of the Iberian peninsula, the refreshing tastes of the Mediterranean and the savory flavors of north Africa.
Adjacent to the main dining room is the Zarlengas' nephew Mauricio manning the Rum Room. It's a vibrant space made all the more inviting by what's behind the bar: Colorado's most expansive collection of rum, with nearly 100 varieties from countries the world over. Sample a flight (quartets start at about $10), alongside a choice of complimentary tapas; savor a fresh, fruity batida enlivened with rum or cachaça (start with mango or guava); or come on a Tuesday during happy hour and impress the bartender with your dance skills for a free caipirinha (truly!). Full food service is available here, too, so try one of the day's thoughtfully composed novo Latino specials or a classic like the cazuela Colombiana, a hearty stew of chicken breast and jumbo prawns flavored with coconut milk and an herbed tomato broth. In the meantime, hop in front of that mirror and polish up those old club moves. You want the free drink, right?
Lula frita, $13.95
Cazuela Colombiana, $19.95
La Caleña, $21.95
Peixe de Angola, $18.95
Tuesday - Saturday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Closed Sunday & Monday