With overseas travel still off the cards for the next little while, there’s likely a void in some of our readers’ lives around delicious and exotic foods you would typically have whilst on far-flung distant shores. Don’t get us wrong; the Gold Coast has an amazing selection of cafes, eateries and fine dining establishments, but sometimes tasting the local delicacies of a holiday destination can be a fantastic experience.
One young Brazilian man who has taken this idea and mixed it with his background is Brendo Willian. Proudly opening a new taste tingling hotbed of flavour in Nobby’s Beach, he and his team are excitedly bringing the diverse and irresistible flavours of Brazil to our Coast — say hello to Sabor Brasil Bar & Dining.
If you’ve ever been fortunate enough to have been invited to a Brazilian dinner/party/barbecue here on the Gold Coast, you’ll know how memorable the food can be (I mean we all love an acai bowl or two right?). However, coming across these dishes on the regular will be a challenging feat. Until now, that is.
Sabor promises all the authentic flavours of Brazil and a laidback and friendly atmosphere to enjoy them in. Brendo, like most Brazilians here on the Coast, missed the delicious flavours of his homeland, and being from a restaurant-owning family, the desire to open his own venue was too good of an opportunity to miss!
The space is found along the Gold Coast Highway in a shopfront on the northern end of the Nobby’s strip. Inside there has been careful work put into the décor and styling, which reveals special Brazilian touches, like a replica black and white wavy floor pattern you’d find at the one and only Copacabana Beach, as well as a wall mural with splashes of colour depicting the iconic hillside favela neighbourhoods.
For food, Brendo recruited the one person whose cooking he truly adores — his mum. The menu has been put together with care to ensure authenticity with diligence taken with sourcing ingredients. Some of these recipes are originally his grandmother’s and have long been loved for a number of years at his family restaurant back in Brazil.
The menu welcomes newcomers to Brazilian cuisine and is split into sections of bar snacks, entrees, meat, and classic main dishes. Eat slowly and graze your way through a variety of plates, or order a full-blown feast — the choice is yours.
Favourites include a tasty entrée of Bolinho de Bacalhau, which are crispy cod fritters and match perfectly with beer (and watching soccer), along with the classic dish of Fraldinha na Cachaça, consisting of flank steak slow-cooked with special spices and rum. All your Brazilian favs are on the menu though including croquets, cassava fries and even hot dogs!
No taste of Latin America is complete without a cocktail, with classics like Caipirinha and Mojito, the stars of a well-put-together cocktail offering, and more popular western drinks like a Pornstar Martini and Espresso Martini. The perfect accompaniment to enjoy the flowing atmosphere when the sun sets and the music no doubt gets turned up. The venue will be hosting live music Friday — Monday, with a mixture of Brazilian-inspired acts and bands bringing a slice of fiesta to Nobby Beach.
With summer just around the corner, we can see Sabor being an opportune spot to experience some fantastic exotic flavours and a vibrant Brazilian-style party atmosphere — without needing a plane ticket!
Hours: Wednesday – Monday, 5.30pm — late
Where: 2245 Gold Coast Highway, Mermaid Beach
Words by Alex Mitcheson.