We’re lucky enough to have a taste of Brazil right here in South Australia.
The Fleurieu Golf Club’s Eagle’s Nest Restaurant runs the Belo Brazilian Restaurant. A Brazilian banquet with meat cooked over hot charcoals and served at the table on long skewers.
Mt Compass is about an hour’s drive south of Adelaide. It made for a beautiful setting: looking out the floor-to-ceiling windows, watching the storm clouds roll over the hills and the kangaroos hop over the golf green in between showers of rain and the sun peeking out.
To kick off our lunch we began with the national cocktail of Brazil, the Caipirinha, made with cachaça (sugar cane liquor), sugar and lime. Wow, this packed a punch! We sipped it slowly over our entire lunch.
There were six meat skewers in total and six sides to compliment them. A mixed green salad, salada loca, of rocket with radish and capsicum; Brazilian style rice, arroz da vovo, which was fluffy; Black beans, feijoa preto (considered to be the national dish), which were cooked down, very moorish also; Toasted cassava flour, farofa, which we sprinkled on some of the meat; Tomato salsa, Vinaigrette, once again a nice refreshing dish with a touch of heat, and Chimichurri, which packed a bit of a punch.
Overall, this was a great experience. Not only was the food full of flavour, texture, and colour, it made me excited about Brazilian food. I would certainly like to try this again.
The Belo Brazil Charcoal Barbecue is available Friday and Saturday night and Sunday lunch. Bookings essential.