Fun-loving Camden has got its own slice of Brazilian Carnival in the shape of Made in Brasil Boteco – a neighbourhood cachaçaria bar on Chalk Farm Road
Boteco… pronounced ‘Buteco’ or ‘Botequim’ is traditionally known as a place where alcoholic beverages were sold, serving as a meeting place for bohemians who looked for a good drink, elegant snacks and a chat without obligation.
Centred on a passion for all things Brazilian, Made in Brasil Boteco is a bohemian, favela-style bar in the heart of North London. Step into this energetic space and be instantly transported to the vibrant carnivals of Rio or the friendly, old-style botecos (bars) of Sao Paulo and Salvador. The main face of Made in Brasil Boteco is Renato Paziam, originally from Sao Paulo and a self-labelled ‘ambassador for Brazilians in London’, who for many years has been running its sister restaurant Made in Brasil. Renato is the main influence behind the drinks menu that pays homage to the national spirit of Brasil – Cachaça, a traditional spirit distilled from sugar cane juice which has a sweet and explosive flavour. In fact, the bar boasts the largest selection of cachaças in the UK and an extensive cocktail list with Brazilian favourites such as the Açai Caipirinha, Cachaça Sours and Chilly Mary Caipirinha.
In keeping with the casual vibe, the head chef Clau Gloria D Souza from Porto Seguro in the Brazilian state of Bahia has brought the taste of her homeland to a menu of Petiscos (Brazilian tapas) to be nibbled on throughout the evening. The authentic dishes are inspired by regional Amazonian and Bahian style cooking and include Garlic and chilli prawns, Slow cooked pork ribs with boiled cassava and vinaigrette, and Acarajé – shrimp and black eyed pea fritters which are traditional street food from the North East of Brazil.
Due to the Brazilian roots of both the manager and chef, Made in Brasil Boteco is already a bohemian hub of South American culture. The music is high up on their agenda, with jam sessions often breaking out in the evening. Art exhibitions, samba and salsa classes, Brazilian and South American movie screenings often take place bringing the dynamic and colourful culture of Brazil to the city. And, as it gets warmer customers enjoy the large roof terrace for eating, drinking and dancing too!