Boteco do Brasil
Fun Brazilian bar that brings an explosion of colour, warmth and live music to the Merchant City, along with good food.
This review is taken from the current (2016) edition.
The spirit of Brazil is alive and kicking at Boteco, which has a packed calendar of music, open mic and salsa nights as well as a diverse menu to enjoy. The eating area is separated from the busy bar – dominated by large televisions – by some flimsy draped material, so don’t expect the most laid-back of meals here. The staff are chatty and helpful, and starters are brought to the table with efficient speed, notable dishes being chouriço sausages served with cassava (Brazilian potatoes) and coxinha de frango – soft potato dough filled with chicken. There are lots of interesting mains including burgers, traditional stew made with black beans, pork ribs, smoked bacon, salt beef and smoked sausage, corn-fed chicken, linguine with prawns and cherry tomatoes, and seasoned strips of rump steak, pan-fried and served on a sizzle platter, with a side of cassava. Finish off with one of the sugary desserts such as the brigadeiro – truffles made with condensed milk and chocolate, served with whipped cream.
- High point: A lively night guaranteed
- Low point: Not the most relaxing place for a meal
- Notable dish: Corn-fed chicken breast cooked in coconut milk, cashew nuts, and peanut, ginger and palm oil.
- Private dining: Up to 60 covers
- Provides: Children's portions, Children's high chairs, Wheelchair access, Outdoor tables, Free wi-fi
- Music on stereo: Up-beat Brazilian jazz, funk, and salsa-infused pop
- Live entertainment: salsa dancing, open mic nights, DJs, live music, Mardi Gras
- Capacity: 120
- Largest group: 60
- Open since: 2010
- Number of wines sold by the glass: 5
- House wine: £14.95 per bottle