February 2007 Update: Compania Do Sanduiche is closed, owners evicted via public notice. :(
CIA Do Sanduiche
455 Palisade Ave, Cliffside Park, NJ
Let’s face it, everyone has a weakness for fast food, myself included. But as much as I love your basic hamburger stand or something more artisanal or regional, or even chain fast food, sometimes you want something that is just plain different.
One such place is Compania Do Sanduiche (which translates from Portuguese as “The Sandwich Company”) in Cliffside Park. “Sanduiche” as I and my friends refer to the place, is a Brazilian spin on fast food dining. Here American-style burgers and sandwiches are transformed into interesting and unexpected flavor combinations and textures, along with some traditional snacks that Brazilians enjoy and love.
A Brazilian Hot Dog. Here we see the core of the Brazilian style illustrated by its simplicty — the potao sticks, the corn kernels and the hot sauce are the basis for the other items on the menu.
Pao De Queijo, Brazilian Cheese Puffs. Cheesy Poofs.
The “California” chicken sandwich featuring melted swiss, ham, and sauteed pineapple and peaches.
Espetinhos, Brazilian meat skewers.
Brazilian “Croquettes”. The top is a meat mixture with Catupiry Cream Cheese and the bottom is Ham and Catupiry.
A “Pastel” or “Pasteis”, a type of empanada filled with a shredded chicken and Catupiry cheese mixture.
Guarana Brazilia, the ubiquitous high-caffeine soft drink that powers the New Jersey Brazilian community.
“Banana Dody”, Flank steak, with lettuce and tomato and cheese, with the potato stix/corn and mayo combo, and sauteed bananas. It sounds weird, but it really worked. Note the bun, which is referred to as a Sanduiche bun. It’s soft, but firm enough to hold up to a large pile of ingredients.
Grilled chicken salad
The Sandubao (“Giant Sandwich”) which brings the simple hamburger to entirely new levels of complexity. Hamburger, shredded chicken, fried egg, bacon, ham and cheese, again with the “works”.
Another view of the Sandubao.
Sandubao cross section.
A Brazilian-style Hamburger, with the potato sticks shoved into the bun.
The store’s dessert selection.
Vanessa Ladino, owner and pastry chef.
Chocolate Caramel Coconut Cake, made with Brazilian Chocolate.
Strawberrry Cake with Coconut Frosting
Caramel Custard Flan