A proper little treat, Barraco is North London’s answer to the boteco, an informal kind of bar that also serves food, and can be found on almost every street corner in Rio de Janeiro. Tucked away down a side street in Kilburn, it has a loyal clientele – including our lovely selves!
At Barraco you can find classic Brasilian food including mixed grills and five different types of moqueca fish stew, plus fresh juices and açaí (as a juice or in a bowl) to energise and cleanse the palate. The real treat, though, is the £7 black bean feijoada – served in the traditional way, with white rice and farofa. In fact, the whole menu at Barraco is totally bargainous, with starters like kibe and fried mandioc from £4 and deserts such as brigadeiro, a chocolate sweet, for £1.
To get in the true spirit of boteco, we suggest small eats like torresmo (pork scratchings) and calabresa acebolada (grilled Brasilian sausages with onions) accompanied by a cold beer; Barraco serves the great Brasilian brands Skol and Brahma, ice-cold.
Barraco is authentic, chilled-out and cosy. There’s also live music every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, mostly forró, MPB and bossa nova. When the weather is nice you can sit outside on the picnic benches, which is even better because the road isn’t used much by cars. But sitting inside is just as great for grabbing a bit of Brasilian warmth.
10 Kingsgate Place, NW6
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