The owners of restaurant Made in Brasil in north London have opened a cachaçaria bar claiming to serve the UK’s largest selection of cachaça – Brazil’s national spirit.
Made in Brasil Boteco (pictured) has opened in Chalk Farm Road in Camden, less than half a mile away from the original restaurant that opened in Inverness Road in 2004.
Like the original restaurant, it is run by Renato Paziam, originally from São Paulo in Brazil, who has brought together over 100 different cachaças behind the bar.
He has also created an extensive list of Brazilian-style cocktails such as an Acai Caipirinha, Cachaça Sours and a Chilly Mary Caipirinha.
Head chef Clau Gloria D Souza from Porto Seguro in the Brazilian state of Bahia has brought the taste of her homeland to a menu of petiscos – Brazilian tapas.
The dishes are inspired by regional Amazonian and Bahian-style cooking and include garlic and chilli prawns, slow-cooked pork ribs with boiled cassava and vinaigrette, and acaraje – shrimp and black-eyed pea fritters which are a traditional street food in the north-east of Brazil.
It is described as a “bohemian, favela-style” bar that evokes the culture of the vibrant carnivals of Rio and the friendly, old-style boteco bars of São Paulo and Salvador. There is also a large roof terrace.
Entertainment is an important part of the offering, from live music, samba and salsa classes to art exhibitions and Brazilian and South American movie screenings.