November 16, 2013 Brazilian, Old Town 1 Comment

Exterior

Exterior

It was with considerable sadness that I noticed that Negociants had closed down, again, when walking past the other day. Time waits for no man, though, and it was with intrigue that I spotted the premises had been taken over by a Brazilian restaurant, Boteco do Brasil. I couldn’t resist popping in to check it out.

The fabric of the place is much as the most recent Negociants iteration, but the decor is now all warm reds and Brazilian detailing. Lively Brazilian music plays, and the atmosphere is buzzing.

Mini pizzas

Mini pizzas

While it straddles the bar/restaurant/cafe/music venue/cocktail bar genres, the emphasis felt quite focussed on food. They offer a two course set lunch for £5.95, and pre-theatre for £8.95.

They’re in their early days, so the menu has the odd mistake and confusion, but the helpful waiting staff guided me through things without any fuss. They’ll iron out these kinks, in short order, I’m sure.

Pasta

Pasta

The menu has an Italo-Brazilian fusion feel to it, and my choices reflected that. I started with mini pizzas, then followed with a pasta dish served with cassava.

The mini pizzas were a little like the thing I was served at Zupa the Food Lab. They were like a “daddy, mummy and baby bear” sized set of pizza doughnuts. They were simple and light, so quite an interesting opener.

Cassava

Cassava

The main course was a game of two halves. The pasta with pesto was a good hearty portion, with plenty of herby flavour, but it needed an extra element to elevate things. This arrived when I’d eaten about half of it, in the shape of the deep-fried cassava. Once the two elements were on the table together the dish made much more sense, and I really enjoyed it, so it was a shame that there was a little mix-up between kitchen and service.

So overall, Boteco do Brasil brings some lively colour, and while service is a little slow and has a couple of weaknesses to address, the food is really rather rewarding. Better to have the food good and the speed of service needing work, at least to start with, I reckon, so once the kinks are ironed out, I think this place will be a very pleasing and good value lunch option.

Scores
Blythe scores Boteco do Brasil
3.5/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
2.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 13/20

I ate: petiscos de pizzas; pasta with cassava and Brazilian pesto

I drank: water

I wore: brown pinstripes

Total bill: £5.95

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Written by BKR