Raízes is the only Brasilian restaurant in the East End of London. As if this competitive edge wasn’t enough, the restaurant also offers diners a versatile array of culinary delights: Brazilian cuisine is the eatery’s strong-point, without a doubt, but there’s also a range of Portuguese dishes and Brazilian specialties that have a strong European influence on the menu as well.
According to associate director Marco Oliveira, Raízes was going to be a Brazilian-style hot-dog stand at first. “But the idea developed and we decided to open a restaurant”, he explains. Oliveira and his partner set up the
Since it’s opening Raízes has managed to be in the news for a number of reasons. Most notably, the Prime-Minister of Lithuania visited the restaurant with a committee of 60 people. Oliveira guarantees that they were all very impressed by the restaurant’s feijoada, chicken hearts, pão de queijo, moqueca and cassava.
At the end of the banquet, the Prime-Minister got a taste of traditional Brazilian hospitality, and was offered a bottle of cachaça wrapped in a Brazilian flag and decorated with Senhor do Bonfim ribbons.
You can also read The London Foodie’s opinion of Raizes right here.
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