It’s not often that paying is a part of the fun. Housed in a brick and concrete block, this basic wood-panelled restaurant operates the comida por kilo (pay-by-weight) system that’s common in Brazil. To the uninitiated, getting a good deal requires a little speculation. Pile up a dinner plate at the bain marie stand, then take it to be weighed: £1.30/100g or all you can eat for £10. On this occasion, there were just a few choices. The canteen presentation doesn’t flatter the food, but there was clearly some Brazilian flair at play as dishes were tastier than they looked. Chicken lasagne was all shredded meat and cheese sauce. Slabs of stewing steak were just tender enough in their carrot-studded gravy (a workaday take on filé ao molho madeira). Battered fish chunks (iscas de peixe) and fried chicken were good, in spite of their long wait under the hot lamps. The obligatory beans and white rice were exemplary. Rodízio (eat-all-you-want grilled meat) is occasionally laid on at weekends, but phone ahead to check. Simple desserts are sometimes available, though a good alternative is one of the many fresh fruit juices: from familiar pineapple or mango to açaí, acerola and cupuaçu.
|Venue name:||Sabor Brasileiro||Contact:|
639 Harrow Road
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-7pm Tue-Sat; noon-5pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Kensal Green tube/rail|
|Price:||Main courses £1.30/100g. Buffet £10|