It might be the upcoming Olympic games, it might be the promise of the impending summer, but Brazil seems quite the country of the moment! If you’re in a festive mood and wanting to down a Caipirinha, or hungry for mouthwatering meats, prepared the way only the Brazilians can, you’ll find plenty of choice in Madrid. A plethora of Brazilian restaurants exits in Madrid, and if you ask around, you’ll find some great local knowledge of the Brazilian restaurant scene. We’ve done that for you, and here are a few of the Brazilian restaurants in Madrid which come out on top.
Baby Beef Rubaiyat
Baby Beef Rubaiyat is Madrid’s heaven for carnivores. Firmly established as one of Madrid’s finest steak houses, all the meat at this Brazilian favourite is free-range and imported directly from the Rubiyat cattle ranch in Brazil. Hand grilled over charcoal in the traditional Brazilian method, a steak here will take your breath away and melt like velvet in your mouth. Although steaks have made this restaurant famous, the menu doesn’t begin and end just with big hunks of meat – freshly grilled fish and Brazilian bean salads will round out a perfect evening. (Calle Juan Ramón Jiménez, 37 28036)
Located in the Prosperidad area, just northeast of the Madrid city centre, Vila Brazil is a popular and charming Brazilian restaurant, specialising, of course, in fine grilled meats, but also offering other surprising options, such as a completely vegetarian menu. Specialties include farofa (kind of a toasted corn bread), and plenty of rice and bean dishes. Check out their set menus, which offer great value, and they have a fantastic “menú del diá” – a complete lunch menu for €10.95. (Calle Puenteareas, 1 28002)
Gastromaquia is not a typical Brazilian restaurant, but it makes this list because of its innovative blending of Spanish and Brazilians cuisines. Essentially a tapas bar, renowned chef Ivan Sánchez aims to present Brazilian inspired morsels in Spanish tapas form. Try Brazilian classics such as pastel – thin pastry pockets filled with ground meats, cream cheese or shrimps, and lightly fried. Or for the more adventurous, try the tapas of braised octopus with potato foam. (Calle Pelayo, 8, 28004)
“Cheap and cheerful” is certainly not a negative way to describe Picanha. The food is excellent and fresh, the environment is bright and fun, and the portions are generous. Here you’ll find Brazilian favourites such as feijoada (pork and bean stew), Brazilian rice with beans, and of course endless servings of flame-grilled meats – the restaurant’s name Picanha, refers to the Brazilian cut of beef. The restaurant also prides itself on Brazil’s famous cocktail, the caipirinha, so be sure to begin your meal with this most festive of drinks! (Calle Modesto Lafuente, 15 28003)