I’d heard about Viva Brazil on the grapevine but wasn’t really sure what it was all about until we went for dinner last Thursday. I’d had one of those days, it was pouring with rain, I’d trekked to Edinburgh and back and was totally drenched by the time I arrived for dinner. Thankfully all my stress and frustration soon dissipated upon eating at Viva Brazil.
We met the owner, Jaf Siddiqi who explained how to restaurant works to us and told us a bit about the food and idea of the restaurant (I’ll come back to that later!). Jaf explained that food is served rodizio style – traditional Brazilian style – whereby you pay a fixed price for your meals and waiters bring around different meats to serve to you at the table. On your table, you’ll find your coaster serves as a yes/no signal for more food – just switch over to red when you need a break and the waiters will leave you to get on with eating or digesting. If you feel like getting back into the food, flip to green and they’ll be back with more meats for you.
Chilli chicken – frango com pimenta
You can also go up to the salad bar and help yourself to whatever you fancy – this comes with a warning though, don’t fill up your plate on salad and leave no room for the delicious meats!
Hot salad bar and cold salad bar
I loved the meats – they were all cooked in the same way (on a barbecue and being Australian, obviously I love a barbie!) but all the meats had different marinades or finish so were all different flavours. Some of the meats we tried were the chilli chicken, pictured above – I loved this and it had a real spice to it. We were offered chicken hearts and I initially baulked at the idea, but then decided to just give them a whirl anyway (they are quite small after all). They were actually delicious! I really enjoyed them. At Viva Brazil they marinade them in red wine, garlic, black pepper and oregano. I was really impressed. If you want to know the rest of the meats on offer, they have a huge range of red meats (rump, lamb, sirloin, flank steak, pork and beef ribs) as well as an assortment of chicken – you can check out the selection on their menu.
Barbecue where all the assorted meats are cooked
If you’re not a meat lover, don’t think that you’d just be left with the salad bar as your only option – they also do a seafood option which gives you a heavenly assortment of prawns and fish on a tray to your table.
Viva Brazil has a really nice atmosphere – the restaurant is a huge space but they have cleverly split it into sections so you don’t feel like you’re sitting in a vacant hall. We had booth seats which face out toward the rest of the restaurant so you can watch everything that is going on.
After our meal, Jaf filled us in a bit more about the foods and how much effort they go to make it an authentic Brazilian experience. They import some of their ingredients from Brazil instead of substituting another item of a lesser standard.
We then were treated to a big selection of desserts, which I was worried about as I was already at bursting point. Thankfully the deserts are light and really refreshing after devouring so much meat.
Mango, papaya and passionfruit desserts
Going to Viva Brazil made me remember why I love writing this blog so much – meeting people like Jaf who are so passionate and enthusiastic about their food and sharing it with people. I’m really glad we had the opportunity to visit as I’d never had a Brazilian meal before and I really loved the experience. I think it would be a really fun and interesting place to go to share a meal with a group of friends.
The Glasgow Food Blog dined as guests of 3×1 Public Relations