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by Simone Ribeiro (subscribe)
I am a Brazilian journalist based in Birmingham, UK. Visit my blog at http://
Published June 12th 2016
A little bit of Brazil in London

Carioca is located in the buzzing Brixton's Market Row, in one of London's most famous "Babels" for foodies.

And to be honest, there is no better place to be. The greater news is Carioca does Brazilian food with excellence.

It's actually what Caetano Veloso portrays in his famous lyrics "Isso aqui ooh, é um pouquinho de Brasil iaia".There is definitely a huge bit of Brazil in this restaurant than just its name.

The fusion of Portuguese, indigenous and African culinary that makes Brazilian food so authentic and flavoursome is really well represented in this restaurant.

The concept is really simple, bringing some popular dishes and/or street food from Brazil to the table.

From pao de queijo to feijoada, the menu in this place is fulfilled with the best of Brazil on plate. And it's always a difficult decision to decide what to eat, especially when everything looks delicious and it's all about your hometown food.

As a Brazilian living in the UK for five years now, I confess sometimes I miss that feeling of sitting down in a bar (always outside because the Brazilian weather permits it) to have some nice bites and beers.

To my surprise, I had this feeling back at Carioca and I even managed to sit on an outside table. The Brixton's Market Row has a lot of good vibes. People passing by, tables in both sides of many restaurants placed there and some interesting shops like the one opposite to Carioca. Just have a look around when you visit it.

Food: While I tucked into a delicious Bahian Fishcake & Sweet Chilli Sauce served with baby leaf salad and fresh cherry tomatoes, my husband wanted a bit more of sustenance getting the also delicious Brazilian Crumbed pulled beef and rice ball topped with poached egg served with churrasco sauce and fried plantain.

Both looked incredible! And to make the happiness complete I got some cassava chips as a perfect side for my Carioca experience.

I pinched some of his meal just to see if he was as lucky as I was with my choice. Both were superb and I can testify it was the taste of Brazil on a plate.

And I couldn't leave the place without some pudding tupiniquim style. So Banana cake it was! Hubby had a white chocolate cheesecake and we were done.

Despite haven chosen the light lunch menu, the portions were really generous.

But I feel like visiting Carioca again for a whole indulgence in the hearty menu that is pretty much about the richest food experience my country can produce.

It was great to have a quick chat with staff and one of the owners of the place, Maurilio Gonclaves, who is also responsible for the cakes served there.

Carioca also does breakfast, brunch, sandwiches and drinks. What are you waiting - check out this South American gem in London!
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Where: 25-27 Market Row Brixton, SW9 8LB
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Looks deciduous, will have to try it out!
by peter (score: 1|12) 1991 days ago
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