“Muito legal!” Thanks to Rosilène Vitorino (the former chef at the Brazilian embassy in Paris) and her two business partners, Anne and Joséphine, soul food has made its way to the Left Bank! A bright yellow wall, blonde hardwood floors, wooden tables, green plants, a glass ceiling… It’s nice and toasty at Niébé and the African, Brazilian and Creole flavors trump any tropical cheesiness. On the menu? Six mini bites that are frighteningly addictive (wild rice fritters, or fried tapioca and cheese cubes, €8), before attacking the Brazilian classics: a generous feijoada with pork, black beans, cabbage, cassava flour and orange slices, or bobó de camarão – seared prawns in coconut milk, topped with a cassava cream sauce and seasoned with lemongrass (€23). There’s manjar for dessert, a sort of coconut blancmange served over a somewhat too sweet prune coulis (€8). Wash it all down with a caipirinha (€10) and Montparnasse will be dancing samba in no time! Lunch menu €18-24. // M.Z.