|The cold buffet selection at Raizes in Bethnal Green|
I've almost made it to a Brazilian buffet in Sydney and London a couple of times before, but never actually had the experience. Is it true that unlimited skewers of delicious BBQ'd meat arrive at your table until you can eat no more?
|BBQ pork being carved at the table|
The buffet was more impressive than I expected with one table dedicated to salads and another to a hot buffet. The salads were all refreshingly light without any thick heavy dressings. The hot buffet contained some stews which my colleague, who has a Brazilian wife, assured me were very traditional. There was a plate of chips at one end of the buffet which seemed out of place somehow. They were beaten eaten with gusto though. Chips are universal I guess.
Initially, the meats were a little slow to start coming round the restaurant, but as the place filled up they started coming out more regularly and soon we were being inundated. Whole sirloins, cubes of rump, pork sausanges, chicken wings, legs of lamb and hunks of pork all passed our table during the night. Without exception the meats were heavily salted and the rump was a favourite. They'd usually tried to cook one side of the meat rare and the other side well done so you had a choice.
The beef came round far more regularly than anything else, which was a slight problem for our table as we had a few non-beef eaters at the table.
Mateen had written a Brazilian themed quiz which kept us entertained, and if I'm honest, helped perk up the energy levels.
The the end of the night a protein haze had arrived and none of us could eat any more. I couldn't manage breakfast the next morning either, a most unusual state of affairs!
460 Hackney Rd