Brazilian Sensation

Brazilians know how to party – that’s a universally accepted fact.

Whether rubbing hips with the beautiful people on the famous Copacabana beach or dancing the night away to samba, choro and forgo beats in Rio’s riotous Lapa district, few do it with as much panache as these guys do.

Southside eatery Brazilian Sensation may not have quite the same hedonistic atmosphere as those places, but you’d be hard pushed to find anywhere else in the city centre with as much buzz about it.

This family-owned joint was the only Brazilian restaurant outside London when it was launched in 1998 by John Falconer and his Brazilian wife Lucia.

The couple cook authentic food served in large portions, and they always take care to explain the range of dishes on offer to help you make the right choice.

“This family-owned joint

was the only Brazilian

restaurant outside London

when it was launched”

Brazilian Sensation can accommodate up to 30 diners and will provide an all-inclusive menu for just £20 per head – if that’s what you’d prefer – while larger groups can reserve the whole restaurant for as little as £600 with food provided.

The lunch menu has a good selection of hot snacks and baguettes at very reasonable prices, healthy salad options and a fine selection of invigorating milkshakes and fruit smoothies.

Mains include the national dish, Feijoda (a black bean stew with pork, chourico and beef), Frango ao Moholo (chicken and orange curry) and Carne de Porco Asado (roast pork and vegetables), while popular desserts include Bolo de Chocolate com Banana (chocolate and banana cake) and Sorvete (homemade tropical fruit ice cream).

If heading there in the evening, you’re advised to book in advance, as Brazilian Sensation has been a firm favourite of the Capital’s Latino community for several years now.

The upside of that, of course, is that you’re guaranteed a raucous night.

Bring your own bottle – or three – and don’t forget to leave before the sun comes up.

Brazilian Sensation, Buccleuch Street, 0131-667 0400

words: Gary Flockhart