Barraco will never be somewhere that picks up much passing trade. From whichever way you approach it, it takes a leap of faith to believe that there's going to be any commercial businesses at all, let alone a half-decent restaurant serving up a slice of Brazil on this residential back road.
Which this was, for we were sharing a rather small space with a party of including actor Joe McGann. Barraco isn't your obvious celebrity haunt, nor did it seem quite prepared for two large groups who had both booked. Some judicious rearranging of tables happened and the beers and caipirinhas began to flow.
Lauren's request) frogs legs, fried yam, chicken gizzards, which I enjoyed, prawn rissoles and breaded cheese balls ("a bit Kerry Katona", said Nicky). Perhaps the best starter was the grilled Brazilian sausages with onions, which really could be a meal in itself, and which Moya declared "divine".
Most mains come with a choice of two sides - this is not a restaurant you'll leave hungry. The tilapia cooked in coconut milk divided opinion - Jane was underwhelmed, Richard thought his was well cooked although it wasn't that hot. Ria and Tom's white fish was too salty but, in Tom's words, "respectfully cooked". In fact, universally the food was deemed too salty.
farofa - a Brazilian seasoning - that only Mark tried.
The moquecas (a Brazilian fish stew) looked good and were "hearty" according to Moya. The rest of us went for steaks, My ribeye was a little undercooked in the middle, despite the waitress being insistent that I had it medium. It tasted good, but looked like it had suffered from freezer burn. The side of beans was really good - in fact a meal of just the sides would be quite appealing. Sarah E, Sarah W and Dominic also went for steaks, while Mark splashed out on the monster T-bone.
Good for: farofa
Bad for: people on low-sodium diets
10 Kingsgate Place
T: 020 7604 4664
Photos courtesy of Mark and Jane