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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.

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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.

Brazil12We dined with my parents-in-law who, after having a Brazilian feast on an overseas holiday, wanted to recreate that experience.

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.

Brazil02Our menu began with Pao de Queijo – Brazilian cheese bread – small round balls of cheesy, stretchy dough. Very moreish! And salty fries with aioli, which had a nice creaminess to it.

Brazil03There 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.

Brazil04We were all handed a small pair of tongs, to take the meat as it was carved off the skewers. First up we tried rump cap, picanha, which was well done and was quite tender;

Brazil05the chorizo, linguica, was a little spicy but was full of flavour;

Brazil06chicken thigh, file da sobrecoxa, once again was very tender and moist;

Brazil07pork neck, paleta de porco, was juicy with a nice char on the outside, although some pieces were a little chewy;

Brazil08lamb rump, alcatra de carneiro, was pleasantly pink on the inside;

Brazil09prawns, camarao, were beautifully cooked over the coals and we ordered a second skewer!

Brazil10Dessert was a whole pineapple cooked over the coals. The pineapple was coated in sugar and cinnamon and was very juicy. What a great way to cook a pineapple!

Brazil11There are other optional extras on the menu such as potato salad and Brazilian chillies but we really could not eat any more.

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.

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