The maddening aromas of charcoal and meat captivate me every time I drive past. It’s taken me a while though, because Brazilian places are often a festival of meat without much else going on. I will now eat humble pie. The sides here are amazing – from intensely garlicky Couve (kale) to the Salada Dois of beetroot, blue cheese, Brazil nuts and orange segments, to the palm hearts and heirloom tomatoes of the Salada Tres – you need to request them all. They’re free with the Traditional Churrasco ($42/head) – it’s the same price for everyone, yes, even if you’re vegetarian/pescatarian. The rotating skewers come out according to a detailed whiteboard, ensuring each wave of diners gets the full shebang. Pace yourself – beyond a butcher’s shop of meat (the best being the Picanha or rump cap) there’s also grilled prawns, moist fresh Basa wrapped in banana leaves, cheese bread, polenta fingers, banana, cassava and tasty poultry. The only thing more exciting is the drinks! Amongst pages of cocktails you’ll find the quaffable creamy coconut and vodka Batida ($13) milkshake. Indulge in a flight of Caipirinhas ($36/3 x 240ml), or sample pleasant pear and lemon sours in the Luciana ($15), named, according to our personable and handsome Brazilian waiter, for a waitress with a pear-shaped bottom.
13 Norton Street, Leichhardt
Ph: (02) 9572 7921 www.braza.com.au