Carioca, Brixton

On arriving at Carioca in Brixton Market, it was like walking into someones living room that they had casually added a restaurant to – loved the relaxed feeling of the high ceilings and decor. After receiving a warm welcome from Marillio (one of the owners – the other co-owner is Tony), we chatted sipping on a welcome cooling and refreshing Caipirinha, needed after a hot walk from the station, whilst munching on Pao de Queijo, traditional Brazilian balls of bread filled with cheese.

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We learnt that Marillio and Tony are Portuguese by origin but wanted to bring the fun loving nature of Brazil and the delights of both Brazilian and Portuguese cuisines to London – and what a better place to open than in trendy Brixton Market!

We moved onto starters of chorizo and maize bread, and Bahian Fishcakes. Loved the black honey syrup on the chorizo, though they had got a bit chewier due to them being probably on the griddle for slightly too long. The fishcakes were served with a smoky chilli sauce that complemented the flavours and textures of the fishcakes.

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Next we moved onto Beef and smoked bacon espetinhos -beef topside chunks. The only thing that can make beef better is bacon! Though we were slight disappointed with these as they had been overcooked and had dried out and were tough to eat. A shame as they looked inviting.


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Then more meaty treats followed in the form of Jacob’s Ladder Ribs and Spicy chicken with onion rings:

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The spareribs has a fabulous background note from the applewood smoking process, and were served with cassava chips which reminded us of our childhood! The churrasco sauce did not overpower the flavours from the spareribs – this was our favourite main dish.

Relief from meaty sweats setting in arrived in the form of a Mango and Avocado Salad – which was refreshing and light and was dressed with a coriander, olive oil, chilli and lime vinaigrette.

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We ended on desserts of chocolate and almond cake (great for those who require a gluten free, dairy free option for dessert), and a baked raspberry cheesecake:

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I preferred the chocolate almond cake which was complemented by a mango cream, whereas C’s preferred dessert was the baked cheesecake as it was the perfect combo between creaminess and crunchy texture from the biscuit crust.

Overall, an enjoyable evening in an interesting location, as we don’t usually venture to South London a lot. Though we will be making an exception, as we are keen to check out their breakfast menu items, like chorizo and avocado on arepas and the maize brunch muffins, after hearing rave reviews from Chris and Katy:

See you guys again soon!


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We would like to thank Chris (@tikichris) for inviting us to dinner, and also to our co-hosts Katy (Market Fresh Communications) and Alex (Yelp Community Manager- London) for looking after us during the evening.

Please see our Facebook photo album for more pics from our visit.

About goantolondon

International food and travel blog by London based British Goan duo: Jason and Chiara Pinto. Twitter: @goantolondon @jasonpinto100 @chiarapinto About Goa: Goa is a small state on the western coast of India. Though the smallest Indian state, Goa has played an influential role in Indian history. Goa was one of the major trade centers in India, thus it had always been attracting the influential dynasties, seafarers, merchants, traders, monks and missionaries since its earliest known history. Throughout its history Goa has undergone continual transformation, leaving an indelible impression on various aspects of its cultural and socio-economic development. History of Goa: The East-West symbiosis of Goa makes it different from other parts of India, more than the historical and social niche. The history of Goa is a sweet and sour story of colonial heritage, oppressive rulers, a glorious culture, and uneventful immediate past. As a land with the identity of its own, Goa was brought into focus when it was liberated of Portugal from its oppressive rule of around 450 hundred years in 1961. Goa was captured and annexed to the Portuguese in 1510 following the urges of trade and demand of spices and also cottons and indigo. But, Goa has a history that starts much before Portugal even thought of Goa being where it is. Goa was coveted and ruled by a great number of Indian kingdoms and dynasties from the 4th century onwards. The first kingdom to rule Goa and Konkan were Bhojas, who were the feudatories of Ashoka in 4th and 5th centuries AD. The city of Chandrapur (present Chandor) was founded by Prince Chandraditya, son of Chalukya King Pulakesin from 566 to 597 A.D. after this, Goa was ruled consecutively by Silahara Dynasty, Kadamba Danasty, and finally Hoysalas from 1022 to 1342 A.D. From the 14th century onwards, Goa became a great trading center on the west coast, especially in the vast trade of horses imported from the Middle East. This was the time for bigger empires to move in and Vijayanagar Empire conquered it in 1344. But there empire was not going to last too long and in 1347, Bahmani Sultans defeated Vijayanagara forces in 1347 and controlled Goa. Afterwards, it was a time of great prosperity and peace for Gpa, especially during the rules of Yusuf Adil Shah and Ismail Adil Shah. They created beautiful houses, fortified Goa, and encouraged local craftsmen. Their liberal and progressive rule was not going to last too long and situation changed in 1510 A.D. Goa for all purposes was not on the Portuguese Radar even after a long time of their presence in India. When the Portuguese nobleman Alfonso de Albuquerque and his cousin Francisco de Albuquerque were sent with a powerful fleet in 1503 on the orders of King Dom Manuel I, the purpose was to defend the cargoes of spices, mostly pepper, against Arab Muslim raiders. The center of spice trade was Calicut at that time and Portuguese had built forts in Cochin and Cannanore. It was in 1506-08 that an opportunistic pirate, Timoja, persuaded Albuquerque to attack Goa and acquire a better land base. This made Goa, Portugal's first real territorial acquisition in Asia. After a brief period of recapturing by the Muslims, Goa Albuquerque finally captured Goa in 1510. The inquisition of Goa in 1540 reversed the previous liberal policy of Albuquerque and imposed strict censorship of literature and new laws to forbade non-Christians from professions. Forced conversions took place continuously, censorship was established on literature, the temples were destroyed, and non-Christian priests, holy men, and teachers were evicted. This led to continuous fleeing of Hindus from Goa to other parts of India. It is not that the relationship with Portugal brought only destruction for the Goans. Portuguese also built great churches like the church of St. Cajetan and Bom Jesus basilica in Old Goa, which is a pilgrimage site for the Christians from around the world. But it is also true that pre-1961; Goa was a highly impoverished region very backward and primitive. It is after the liberation that Goa of today has emerged and it has surprised even the locals many of whom had left their homeland before its liberation. Portugal and India are today friends and Goa continues to be a fascinating blend of Latin and Oriental. Information sourced from:
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