4th April 2017 6pm
We were invited along by the lovely peeps at Boteco do Brasil to sample some of the food they had on offer with their new menu. Boteco do Brasil have a history in Glasgow but have been in Edinburgh for a shorter time. I have to admit, I’d really only considered this venue to be a bar and never really thought about what food offering it had, so this gave me a good opportunity to find out. Also, being a group blogger event, it meant that I could nosey at other people’s food without getting stared at! We seemed to all choose food in our pairs so we could share our meals to extend the amount of food we could taste. So I went for chourico apimentado for my starter and moqueca with prawns for my main. My friend opted for espetinho de camarao for starter followed by feijoada for her main. She had some of the red wine on the table and said it was really good quality.
Starters were brought to the table and cameras started snapping, as is the way of the blogging community! Once that was done, we tucked in. My chorizo was beautiful – the flavour was spot on. It was accompanied with cassava, which is a bit like potato. I had tried cassava chips in the past and wasn’t keen but this was really good. The little peppers dotted across the dish added an extra punch that I adored. On the other side of the table, the barbecued prawns were also going down well. I got to sample some of it too. The prawns were cooked well and had a subtle heat from the chilli and garlic marinade. The prawns were presented on skewers and were interspersed with tomatoes, sat atop a salad. Everyone else round the table seemed to be enjoying their starters, which handily can also be ordered as tapas if you prefer.
The mains arrived in a spectacular fashion. Most dishes required two plates and the steak dish came on a sizzling platter. My dish was prawns in coconut milk with onions, coriander, tomatoes and peppers. On the side was rice and farofa (flavoured cassava flour to thicken the sauce). Again, the prawns were cooked well and the sauce was delicately flavoured. However, whilst I enjoyed mine I was supremely jealous of the feijoada stew my friend was tucking into. This was a traditional Brazilian feast stew with black beans, pork ribs, bacon, salt beef and chorizo. This was also served with rice, chilli salad and farofa. The depth of flavour this stew had was incredible. My friend knew she needed to stop eating to keep room for dessert but couldn’t help but keep going back for more. Again, dishes round the table were all warmly received. If Brazilian food seems a bit too much for you, there are also a choice of burgers.
I had saved room for dessert as I was recommended the brigadeiro – a condensed milk and chocolate ball dessert. My friend saw a photo of the pave de morango and decided to try that. I have to say that the desserts were the hit of what was a very good standard of meal. The brigadeiro, whilst rich, weren’t as sickly sweet as I was expecting and I adored them (in fact I am still drooling at the thought of them now). With a little bit of cream and slices of strawberry, this was a triumph of a dessert. Across the table, my non-dessert liking friend was really pleasantly enjoying her dessert too. The strawberry was mousse-like and coconut brought an element to the dish which balanced out the small touch of condensed milk on the top. Much to our entertainment, two diners next to us chose the same desserts as us to share and wolfed down the strawberry dessert in what seemed like five seconds, each taking a larger spoonful each time to try to get the bigger share of the dish.
We really enjoyed our visit to Boteco do Brasil as have already planned a return trip to sample more food and make a start on the cocktail menu. What I thought was really a bar surprised me with some delightful food.
Food – 9/10
Service – 8/10
Value – 9/10
Overall – 34/40
Would I eat here again? Yes and I have already made plans
Cost – this meal was complimentary but the cost of the food (but not the wine) would be around £45 for two three course meals.
Please note that whilst this was complimentary, views expressed are my own. Thanks to Donna for organising.