Joelson is the one who makes the dishes where the fish is the main star.  (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

A month ago, he opened a restaurant in Jardim Samambaia, where he serves exquisite dishes.

Joelson is the one who makes the dishes where the fish is the main star. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

After coming to live in Campo Grande, the heart of Joelson Alves Siqueira, 49, was filled with nostalgia for his homeland and for the various dishes that had fish as the main ingredient. Born in Espírito Santo, he used to cook for his family and friends when he was encouraged to open his own restaurant. A month ago, he put the idea into practice and created Canto Du Peixe.

Located in the Jardim Samambaia neighborhood, Joelson is in charge of the kitchen, while his wife Mariza Gomes, 55, serves the customers. Instead, the menu is governed by four main dishes, namely: tilapia fillet, painted moqueca, pacu ribs and shrimp bobó. All meals come with white rice, mush and a salad mix.

Seasoning, affection and care are some of the special secrets that give the unique flavor to each dish. Customers can take the opportunity to delight in the establishment’s space or take home the marmitex made by the couple, which serves lunch and dinner.

Ribs of pacu is one of the meals available on the menu.  (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)
Ribs of pacu is one of the meals available on the menu. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

Although the business is new, word of mouth was responsible for bringing people from different parts of the city and municipalities such as Três Lagoas and Maracaju. A seamstress for 27 years in the region, Mariza’s reputation in the neighborhood also helped her to attract more clients.

Living in Campo Grande for ten years, Joelson comments that the desire to open the place was old. “It’s been two years, but we haven’t opened before because of rent,” he explains. After doing a renovation, which divided the environment where Mariza works, the restaurant was created.

She says that her friends were the first to support the initiative. “He always made roasted fish, many church friends ate it and kept saying that he could open a restaurant, sell mush on the bridge”, she says. Mariza praises the care her husband takes with the fish and when preparing the dishes. “He makes the mush with some really natural fish”, she emphasizes.

Alongside Mariza, he runs the business in Bairro Jardim Samambaia.  (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)
Alongside Mariza, he runs the business in Bairro Jardim Samambaia. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

Asked why he only prepares dishes with fish, Joelson talks about why. “Here in the region there are only skewers”, he justifies. Unlike his homeland, he guarantees that the value of the dishes is much more affordable. “Fish is much cheaper, here it is a third of the value”, he concludes.

If you want to try the dishes, Canto Du Peixe is located at Rua Meruce, 301, Bairro Jardim Samambaia. Opening hours are from Monday to Saturday, from 10:30 am to 2 pm and from 6:30 pm to 9 pm. On Sundays, the restaurant is only open at lunch time, from 10:30 am to 2 pm.

Broth of pirão is a complement to dishes full of seasoning.  (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)
Broth of pirão is a complement to dishes full of seasoning. (Photo: Henrique Kawaminami)

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