Almost 20 years ago, she moved her family to Miami, where their creative energy was fueled by the city's diversity. Samuel specialized in business and finance, his brother Salomão studied fusion food, and Fábio, the youngest of the three, excelled at French cuisine. Before opening their first café in South Miami, the Pastry Shop, they built their credentials working at franchises and hotels, including Au Bon Pain, the Mandarin Oriental, and the Ritz-Carlton.
At Mundo, the brothers offer a simple yet delectable food journey: Cuban breakfast is a prix fixe (for $4.99) that includes tostada, eggs, and ham. A Brazilian version of the morning meal consists of
For lunch, there are plenty of sandwich and wrap options ($6.99), including a chicken caesar wrap, an avocado BLT, an oven-hot picanha steak, and a French Cuban ($7.50). Caesar, tuna ($6.99), and Cobb ($7.25) salads round out the options. The white,
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Regulars from the nearby Shops at Merrick Park and residents of South Miami and Coral Gables walk in and out any time of the day. Soares notes that Brazilian patrons come from as far as Pinecrest to get their hands on something that's homemade and hearty and transports them back to their homeland.
For the past fours years, the Soareses have received many offers to branch out and expand, but they've declined. "This is about family," Samuel says. "We want this to be our legacy."
Mundo Café. 3150 SW 38th Ave., Miami; 305-446-0937. Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.