Since we moved to the suburbs of Atlanta, it's been a personal mission of mine to find interesting, well-crafted food OTP. I was absolutely psyched when I discovered Chicken and the Egg, but Southern cuisine isn't exactly unique in this region. Would I find pho as good as the stuff on Buford Highway? Soul food that could rival the offerings in Old Fourth Ward? Well, I'm still on the lookout for that, but I did find some incredible Brazilian noms right here in Marietta.
Introducing Botekim Brazilian Bistro. My dad and I decided to check out this place because there was a Scoutmob for it. The only Brazilian food I'd ever had was the kind my Brazilian friend's mom makes (oh, and also the kind where you have to fast before you go because they keep bringing you meat on swords until you burst). I was curious, and we were hungry. We figured it was worth a shot.
The neighborhood doesn't look like it would have a wide selection of fine dining, but I was pleasantly surprised when I entered the restaurant. The atmosphere was upscale, but relaxed...exactly the kind of vibe you want to experience if you were on vacation. And maybe I'm just a details person, but I was really impressed by their logo. Look how pretty!
The menu was even more exciting. We started with some Bolinho de Aipim com Carne, yucca fritters stuffed with ground beef and served with a spicy red pepper sauce.
For my entrée, I had the Carré de Porco, grilled pork loin. This dish was served with yucca flour-coated bananas over a bed of collard greens.
I went back another time with my husband, and he got the Picanha com Fritas. This is a traditional Brazilian dish that includes steak, onions, peas, and french fries. There's a version of it in Caribbean cuisine, which made my Cuban hubby feel right at home. There's nothing like comfort food!
Botekim also offers a full bar. Beware of the caipirinhas - I had two at my bachelorette party and that was one too many! They serve a buffet for Sunday brunch, which I have yet to try. Additionally, they're offering prix fixe Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve menus: four courses for $24.95. Seriously!
Have any of you experienced Brazilian food before? What did you think?