It’s all about beer and tasty, home-cooked food here. The eclectic menu – created by the Australian owner and chef Gregor Caisley – is well executed but there’s still a sense here that the bar (opened in 2011) has yet to properly hit its stride.
On a Friday night recently, the pleasant terrace fronting the street – the quieter end of Simão Álvares – was only half full. Following the lead of nearly every other customer, we ordered the curried lamb pastéis with mango chutney (R$16), a tasty take on the much-loved deep-fried Brazilian snack. Also perfectly delivered were the batatas ao murro com aioli, small, new potatoes cooked with rosemary and served with the classic Spanish garlicky mayo. The fish, however, fried in beer-batter and served with chips (R$30), was disappointingly undercooked.
Satisfying a sweet tooth amongst our group, the petit gateau came with a Guinness-flavoured ice cream that could have done with a slug or two more of the black stuff – but on the beer front proper, the selection is more than respectable, with plenty of Brazilian options to choose from, including the popular Colorado brand. Beers from around the world also get a look in, and include brews from Denmark, Holland, Germany and Belgium – beware the Maredsous Blond, which is the most expensive bottle on the menu, at R$65 for a 750ml bottle.