Things have been busy at Foodinburgh with several restaurant and hotel trips lined up for each week, it’s meant that I have been widening my circle of tasters to accompany me. A couple of weeks back my unofficial sister in law (marriage not as fashionable as it once was haha) was visiting with my brother. Facing a day in the local pub, I decided she might prefer lunch in Edinburgh. My offer was well received and we both looked forward to our first taste of Brazilian cuisine.
The city had blessed us with a bright, sunny day and I was looking forward to spending some time with her, as well as showing her a bit more of Edinburgh. When we arrived at Boteco Do Brasil we were the only ones there so had our pick of tables. We sat near to the window and ordered a couple of cocktails.
Inside has more of a bar feel than a sit down restaurant. I did feel that it was the kind of place that lends itself to evening dining rather than lunch. I can imagine there’s quite a good atmosphere later on.
The menu is flexible with a range of tapas options for sharing, or mains if you prefer to have your own dish. We opted for tapas so we could taste a wide range of dishes. There was very little on the menu I recognised other than cassava, which I’d had at Beaches Turks and Caicos, so we relied on the descriptions to make our choices.
The Coxinha De Frango were little cones of potato dough filled with chicken and deep fried. They were nice enough, but not moreish as you hope tapas dishes will be. I was glad to have the sweet chilli dip as they needed a little flavour kick as on their own they would have been a bit bland.
The Carne De Sol was the opposite, it was a dish that arrived looking as if it was going to be very bland. It was actually full of flavour with plenty of salt and chilli.
The Barbecued Prawns marinated in chilli and garlic was our favourite dish of the day. The guacamole style dip on the side with a heavy hit of lime was zingy and the perfect accompaniment to the sweet prawns.
I don’t think a Caprese Salad is strictly Brazilian, however it was something fresh and light to have alongside the other dishes.
These traditional deep-fried chicken thighs were a wee bit disappointing. They tasted like they’d been reheated or fried a second time. I found them a bit dry and bland.
The Steamed Milk Pudding was a Brazilian take on a Créme Caramel, no complaints here.
Our second dessert was Brazilian’s favourite dessert, Brigadeiro. These soft truffle-like balls made with condensed milk and chocolate are accompanied by a light whipped cream were really delicious.
I probably wouldn’t make a beeline to revisit Boteco Do Brasil for the food, however if we were in the area and enjoying a couple of drinks then I’d order something to go alongside. The burgers looked really good and are on offer during the week, there’s also a really good tapas deal on a Monday – dishes £2.50 each. If you’re looking for a great value bite to eat, Boteco Do Brasil may fit the bill.
Boteco Do Brasil
Location: 47 Lothian Street
Price: Tapas style dishes £4.95, or £2.50 on a Monday
Good for: Picky food to go along with a few cocktails/beers