Though Brazil did not make it to the World Cup final, the Brazilian spirit will never die at Queens Street’s South American petisqueria- Mata Petisco Bar.
Brazilian born & raised Felipe Faccioli & Tulio Lessa, Muskoka native Patrick Fraser, Portuguese Canadian Steve Fernandes, and Sharath Dwarkanathan are the big guys behind this newly opened bar. Each with a strong culinary background and expertise, the gang of five has created a summer menu reflective of the bar’s name – a reference to Brazil’s Mata Atlantica.
Instead of boring, tasteless bread, lobster pastel & cheese bread were served for starters, followed by a generous portion of Corvina ceviche.
Chicken heart skewers were smoked and fried crispy, dipped in a sweet cauliflower puree with ancho chili oil.
Picanha slider’s patty was cooked to a juicy medium, topped with cachaca caramelized onions, malagueta pepper aioli and house made catupiry cheese.
Grilled octopus with heart of palm puree was accompanied by crispy taco root chips, a perfect match.
Poutine was served with big chunks of beef cheeks. A perfect amount of gravy & fresh curds kept them cassava fries crispy. Scallion was a nice touch.
Creme brûlée was made with avocado with a thick & creamy texture under a solid layer of crispy burnt sugar.
All was complemented with two South American classics –lime caipirinha, Brazil’s national drink served with sugar cane; and pisco sour, simply the best sour drink of all.