They say there’s an awful lot of coffee in Brazil.
But after my visit to Teatro I’m not sure there’s an awful lot of food left there – as most of it seemed to be piled on our plates.
The Brazilian restaurant on Lancaster’s Church Street offers a choice of a la carte or the traditional ‘Rodizio’-style menu, with all the meats cooked on a rotisserie grill and carved at your table by the attentive and very friendly staff.
The hanging kebabs on the a la carte menu featured a mouth-watering selection from prawns to chicken, beef, lamb and prawn, with a halloumi option for vegetarians, all served with various salads, hand-cut chips and roasted vegetable cous cous.
They looked fabulous – but it seemed rude to make my first visit to a Brazilian restaurant and not eat like a ‘local’.
So my partner and myself took the plunge and opted for the Rodizio at just under £20 a head.
The feast started with an appetiser platter of parma ham, home-made flat breads, marinated olives and house salads – which to be honest was almost a meal onits own.
This was followed by traditional Spanish sausage and marinated chicken wings, braised pork shoulder with orange and star anise and more side dishes.
Before the final course was possibly my favourite bit of the night– a pineapple coated in cinnamon and cooked on the rotisserie leaving it beautifully sweet and juicy – to cleanse the pallet ready for the final round.
With barely enough room left to squeeze in a wafer thin mint, the last course was then presented with more side dishes and a hunk of beef rump and leg of lamb, served on a skewer and sliced at your table.
The food was beautifully cooked and presented and there was enough left over to keep you in packed lunches for the next week.
But Teatro is not just about the quality of the food.
Owner Oliver Hogg says the emphasis is on customers enjoying a long, relaxed evening, with no worry that someone else is waiting for your table.
When you book at Teatro the table is yours for the night. Oliver reckons his is the only venue in the North West to offer this facility.
If you fancy a break between courses – and you’ll probably need it – there is no pressure for you to hurry.
And when you have loosened a few buttons and sat back with a contented groan you are more than welcome to order another bottle of wine and relax as long as you like, safe in the knowledge that you probably won’t have to eat for another week.
I love a Brazilian me...