Samba on your plate
You have known Brazil for football. Now get to know about their cuisine
What comes to your mind when we say Brazil? Football? The Rio Carnival? Copacabana beach? A rising superpower and part of BRIC and therefore a competition to the India growth story? Brazilian wax? Well, none of these options include food right? Not surprising, given we don't usually see restaurants around us serve food from the Latin American country.
Lonely Planet, the Bible for all travellers, describes Brazil as a country that spraws across half of South America. "Brazil has captivated travelers for at least 500 years. Powdery white-sand beaches, lined with palm trees and fronting a deep blue Atlantic, stretch for more than 7000km. Dotting this coastline are tropical islands, music-filled metropolisesand enchanting colonial towns," is what its article on Brazil says.
But nowhere did we find food. Which is why we were intrigued when we got to know about a Brazilian food festival happening in town and dropped in at Edesia at Okhla's Crowne Plaza Today. Keeping the promotion in mind, the restaurant has been decked up with mannequins dressed as beach bums in swimming costumes and the waiting staff dressed in casualwear. Hammocks have been put up and footballs are strewn all over the place.
The hotel has gotten a Brazilian chef too who has been whipping up delicacies and traditional Brazilian dishes like Salgadinhos, Arroz Brasilerio, Vatapa and Churrasco style meats. The food is spread out in a buffet with salad, main course and dessert options.
When we entered the restaurant, we were treated to a refreshing Caipirinha mocktail with Samba music playing in the background. We walked over to the counter and picked up some fresh Salpicao de frango (a chicken salad), Bacalhau com grao de bico (Fish and white chick pea) and Mixed Seafood salad with Paprika which were good.
Seafood, meat and black beans are the highlights of Brazilian food. However, while south Brazil prefers non spicy food, the north of the country like their food spicy. For main course, we tried some Arroz Carreteiro (rice with mixed diced meats cooked in its own broth which was kind opf like a pulao but much milder), some Churrascaria (skwered meat) and Moqueca de Peixe (coconut fish stew). Don't miss the coconut and chocolate desserts. We liked it and we think you will like it too. Go for this.
At Edesia, Crowne Plaza Today, Plot No. 1, Community Centre, Okhla Phase 1
On till November 20
Timings 12.30 pm to 3 pm (lunch) and 7.30 pm to 12.45 am (dinner)
Cost Rs 1,600 + taxes