I’d heard promising things about Tugas Amor on Dundee Street, but by the time I got round to visiting it had closed down. From its ashes has arisen Cafe Brazil so I made a point of giving it an early visit.
The place is bright and smartly appointed. It radiates bistro in terms of style, but hasn’t quite established a clear identity. They offer bacon rolls and takeaway coffee at the same time as having a quite formal restaurant-style menu. I’m sure things will settle down into a clearer pattern in time.
From their sharing plate menu, I chose the quibe – bulgur wheat and mince croquettes – then followed with traditional feijoada. It was Saturday afternoon, after all.
The starter arrived looking pretty neat. The little sausage shaped croquettes were the kind of thing that would do very well in a smart party buffet. They were moreish and very tasty.
The feijoada was similarly well-crafted. It’s a dish that tends to be flavour-packed with its delicious mix of beans and pork sausage and this rendition was no exception. The accompanying bacon and shredded cabbage salad was very good, as was the toasted cassava flour of the farofa.
So overall, Cafe Brazil served me two very good dishes and looks to be on track to being a fine purveyor of Brazilian fare. Once they settle their menu and offering they should have a good chance to build an appreciative following. I look forward to visiting again.
Blythe scores Cafe Brazil
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for setting
4/5 for service
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: quibe, feijoada
I drank: sparkly water, espresso
I wore: denim trousers
Total bill: £20.55
Address: 161 Dundee Street, Fountainbridge, Edinburgh EH11 1BY