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No imitators: Real Brazilian food in Bethnal Green

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Rating: 9/10

Address: 460 Hackney Road, Bethnal Green, London, E2 9EG

Tube: Bethnal Green (15 min walk)

Hours: Mon-Fri 12:00 – 15:30, 18:00-22:30;
Sat&Sun: 12:00-22:30

Price:
Main Dishes: £9-£20

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By Hugo Fulco

Vegetarians, be warned! Raizes is not the place for you! But if it’s tasty seafood, fish and delicious, succulent, never-ending amounts of freshly grilled meat you’re after, then this cosy Brazilian restaurant in East London is the perfect place for you and your friends! For a start, the name (meaning ‘roots’ in Portuguese) already gives you an indication of just how authentic a place it is.

Don’t be fooled by the relatively humble exterior – the interior has a tasteful elegance, which is accommodating to all. A massive Brazilian flag hangs from one of the walls and there are plenty of pictures around the rest of the restaurant, which don’t let you forget what type of food you’re eating.

Never-ending meat

The house specialty, the all-you-can eat meat feast - ‘Rodizio’ - contains a wide variety of juicy and flavoursome styles of pork, beef, chicken and even roasted pineapple for dessert for £17.90 on Mondays - Thursdays or £19.90 on Fridays - Sundays. This also includes a buffet of side dishes to accompany the meats, which are served on long skewers and constantly brought to your table by friendly waiters.

The all-Brazilian staff are keen to engage in banter with the clientele and they are kind and patient, clarifying any queries the customer may have about the meat being served.  An English friend even tried the chicken hearts (!) - a delicacy that is usually refused by foreigners when they’re told what it is - and loved it!

If you’re not feeling especially hungry, there is a selection of Brazilian appetizers, which are definitely worth a try. Share a combo platter serving four for £13.80. Or try one of the traditional main dishes, such as Feijoada (black bean stew with pork meat) for just £10.50 or Bobó de camarão (prawns in a coconut yucca puree) for just a pound more.

Special offers

A meal is best enjoyed in the company of many friends and Raizes encourages just that! However, the relatively small size of the restaurant

and its growing popularity probably mean you should look to book in advance. By doing so, there are special offers, such as ‘Eat for 6, Pay for 5’ or a 20% discount during weekday lunchtime on any main dish.

For a Brazilian experience to be complete, there has to be music! The live acoustic renditions of bossa nova tunes, as well as British rock n’ roll classics give the evening a ‘Rio meets London’ vibe, that can’t be experienced at other more mainstream Brazilian restaurants (chains).

As a Brazilian, I definitely found Raizes to be one of the more genuine restaurants in London and I highly recommend a trip to the East End for a vibrant culinary and cultural experience.

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