Last night we finally get our paws in the door of Sabor Brazil…
I say finally as it wasn’t the most straightforward of dinner reservations to book. I originally wanted to try this restaurant out at the start of 2015, when I noticed it was rated Dublin’s Number One eatery on Trip Advisor.
However, with only seven dining tables to fight over, and one seating per night, (combined with my very poor organisation skills) Sabor Brazil played very hard to get…
But last night we eventually got the nod – The maitre’d Tom had phoned a few hours previously with a cancellation booking – The seven course Brazilian tasting menu was ours.
Hidden away on Camden Street, we rang the buzzer to what looks like a house – In we went, up the stairs and straight into a totally unique foodie experience.
I totally get the fuss now – It is such a fabulous way to spend an evening. I’ve yet to experience service anywhere else remotely like it – Right down to the waiter presenting me with the latest edition of Vogue when my date went to the bathroom. (And a Brazilian travel guide for himself)…
Sure where would ya get it?!
Whilst I deliberated over the wine list, we were given prosecco to quench our thirst. My kinda service! And Merlot it was…
Our tasting menu commenced with an incredible cheese-bread offering, served (warm) with various pâtés; olive, garlic and chicken.
These were amazing – and I’d have happily repeated said dish for the next few courses.
Side note: The waiting staff were incredibly attentive with each dish (without going overboard) – filling us in on all the traditional Brazilian recipes and the likes.
Dish number two was grilled prawns, served on a bed of creamy cashew goodness. Delicious.
The third course was probably my favourite of the night – Crispy Duck, served with a generous sprinkling of ‘cassava’ (bread crumbling goodness). This tasted incredible – so, so delicious. Mark was of same opinion.
Course number four was sushi. Yes – sushi. Very random, or so I thought ’til the lovely waiter filled us in on the two million Japanese chilling in Sao Paolo. Hence the Asian influences. We chose to alter the smoked salmon sushi to its asparagus alternative, as I wasn’t quite so sure how the forthcoming steak dish would sit on a belly of raw fish.
It’s worth pointing out that the servings are quite small (obviously!) which bodes well – There’s no option to stuff oneself with the bread basket pre-mains, or the likes.
Post steak we were served a mango and passionfruit sorbet… Very refreshing, and just in time to cleanse our palettes pre cheese-board offering.
Said cheese-board was served with a glass of port, and was incredible. Fortunately for me my boyfriend hates cheese, so it was all the more for me. Yolo. I especially enjoyed the jug of melted caramel, which tasted divine when smothered over the crackers/cheese/nuts… Who’d have known?!
Dessert number two was a citrus cheesecake type offering. Not the most exciting of desserts, but nothing was left on our plates all the same.
Leaving us with coffees and chocolate truffles to get through…
And you know what – I actually wasn’t even that disgustingly stuffed post departure!
Overall I had such a fabulous evening, it’s a total ‘dining experience’ as opposed to your usual dinner out affair, and I cannot wait to go back.
If i could change anything, I’d love the option of doubling up the portions and enjoying a three course menu as opposed to their tasting menu…. For those of you wondering, I’d go with the cheese-bread to start, duck for main and the glorious cheeseboard to finish!