I really don't know where to start with my review of this restaurant.
What looked to have an exciting menu turned out to be an over-priced (portion size) restaurant which offered very little insight into true Brazilian food. In truth what was delivered was considered insulting from myself and those i was with.
We were seated in a nice area and the decor was great. Our drinks were brought relatively quickly and the service seemed to be of a good standard. The Caipirinhas were made perfectly and they had a variety of beers, wines and cocktails to choose from. Including Guarana on the soft drinks menu which is great for those who are keen to try something different.
Although the menu was lacking, what was on there did look appetising. For starter i had the Coxinha. This is where the disappointment started. They lacked any distinct taste of how they are supposed to taste. At this point i realised this restaurant was not authentic. If you can't get such a simple dish right. Then it was only going to get worse. The cheesy dough balls i also had were nice and went well with the garlic butter.
For the mains we had the 8oz hanger steak, the pincanha burger with a side of cassava chips, black beans and biro biro rice. The rice and cassava chips were extremely average. The Pincanha burger was nice and the cabana sauce complimented it nicely as it did with the chips. However the steak was burnt through even though i asked for medium. It felt like the taste had been cooked out of it and just missed the right seasoning (I'm not chef, but it was pretty obvious). The black beans were horrendous, they tasted nothing like they should. Maybe the chef was having a bad day. Quite simply at this point i was close to leaving. I felt insulted to be ripped off with the prices from a restaurant that must be deluded to think that it was authentic.
To add insult to injury, when the waitress (who was Brazilian) asked how our meal was and i very honestly told her its not really the way it should be made or what we expected. She sighed and then nodded her head in agreement (also slight embarrassment that the food was more of a cheap replica (with expensive prices). She seemed so used to the way people felt that she just took the plates and walked off.
At this point i asked for the bill and decided to skip desert as in truth i would have probably been served a scone and they would have called it Brazilian.
This is the first time i have actually gone out to write a review on somewhere, due to the fact i do not believe the owners or manager truly believe this is good Brazilian food. Its clever to rip off customers who walk into the o2 for something to eat before an event, knowing that whether they like the food or not, they will never see that customer again.
There are two other brazilian restuarants in the o2, i would truly suggest trying those.