Uxua is as well-known Internationally as it is in Trancoso. More of a lifestyle than it is a hotel or restaurant, this destination hotel and restaurant, right on Trancoso’s famous quadrado sets the tone and ambiance for a small village attracting jet-setters from around the globe.
Located in a restored home of a fisherman and pushing far back into a jungle-like garden, the hotel is a private oasis so perfect, it inspired Anderson Cooper to purchase a home nearby and hire the founders behind Uxua to help him with renovating his home. There are only a few rooms, but everyone can enjoy the restaurant here – and its well-worth a stop.
Sitting under the trees which are lit by paper and metal globes, you can’t help but be enchanted by your surroundings. The chefs in the kitchen churn-out Bahian food that is unlike any other, rich, flavorful and made with the freshest ingredients.
On the menu, you’ll find everything from fish, seafood, chicken and different grains and vegetables that hail from different parts of the country. But, Bahia is rich in diverse ingredients and the African influence, which happened due to fingerprint of slaves that were brought from West Africa into the country hundreds of years ago, makes for the most interesting cuisine.
The menu at Uxua is small, but each dish is delicious and you really can’t choose wrong. It’s ideal to come before dinner for a cocktail and peruse the hotel’s gift shop, which offers items from local artisans and tribes that live nearby.
Don’t forget dessert, which you might have while chatting with one of the hotel’s owners, Bob. Spoonfuls of Brazilian brigadeiros in different flavors – yum! Uxua is the place to be.