Sydney, meet Brazil

In Decorating Tips, Food & Wine, Style Tips by Daniela

Sydney, meet Brazil.

We explore the top Brazilian vendors based here in Sydney, Australia.
When people ask me what I miss the most about Brazil, my first answer is family and culture. Of course. My second answer – the food!

I feel incredibly lucky to call Sydney my home now. Family comes in the form of my husband and boys, and a group of amazing friends. As with many cultures, Australian or Brazilian, food & drink is at the centre of any celebration.

When I need to feel just a little bit closer to my roots, I am very pleased to say that I have found some gorgeous Brazilian vendors that make the feeling of homesickness disappear, when it arises.

Luckily, home is where the heart is. For me, that is Sydney, and I wouldn’t dream of being anywhere else. It’s a real treasure to have Brazilian friends and be involved in the Brazilian community through my work. Supporting one another and appreciating each other for our separate talents is an absolute joy.

With that, I bring to you my favourite Brazilian creators in Sydney. I’ve worked with these talented souls many times, and can highly recommend their work. Their food shows heart & soul in the Brazilian way, and of course, it is delicious!

Ovo Boteco, Sydney


Ovo Cafe and Ovo Boteco: Cafe, restaurant and bar

Ovo Boteco, Sydney

I met Ralph (owner) ten years ago through mutual friends and we have always had so much fun together. He is an ambitious and creative soul and leapt at the chance to open Ovo Café in Darlinghurst.

All those years ago I spent some time helping him and his partner, Warrick, with the initial concept of design – we drove around collecting second-hand furniture at that time! They have worked incredibly hard. Their passion for good food, friends gathering and design show in how well they have progressed over the years with Ovo Cafe.

Their dream was to bring the “boteco” bar culture to Sydney, and Ovo Boteco launched last year as a wonderful place to gather friends, eat tapas and drink delicious cocktails.

When you walk into Ovo Boteco their hard-work, passion and creativity are clearly apparent, in both the design and the food and drinks. They are amazing collectors and the interior design reflects their undeniable talent.

Favourite dish

I have a few…actually it’s quite hard to choose! Let’s start with Picanha, feijoada & arroz carreteiro e acaraje. His desserts and cakes are to die for too.

Try this classic caipirinha recipe from Jamie Oliver. If there’s one thing Brazilians do well, it’s mix a really good cocktail! Enjoy xx

Classic Caipirinha

Classic Caipirinha

  • 5 limes
  • 12 tablespoons golden caster sugar
  • 2 cm fresh ginger, peeled and finely grated
  • 1 kg ice cubes, crushed
  • 70 cl Cachaça
  • 1 small bunch fresh mint , leaves picked

Method

  1. This is a wonderfully refreshing cocktail using Cachaça. I’ve seen it made with vodka as well but if you can, use Cachaça to ensure it’s the real deal.
  2. Roll the limes on your chopping board with the heel of your hand to get all the lovely juices going, then cut them into wedges and squeeze the juice into a large 1½ litre jug, chucking the wedges in there after you’ve squeezed them.
  3. Add the sugar and ginger then spend a couple of minutes bashing and squishing it all up with the end of a wooden rolling pin to really get all those flavours going. Half fill the jug with crushed ice, and bash again. Pour in the Cachaça and stir well. Have a little taste then tweak the acidity to your liking, adding more sugar if needed.
  4. Top the jug up with more crushed ice then tear in the mint leaves and give it a good stir. Serve and enjoy!

Lutcha Pagotto: Cakes

I adore Lutcha Pagotta! The cakes are absolutely amazing. I use them for events constantly – client events and all of my boys birthday parties, baby showers and christenings too. These cakes are seriously tasty. Moist, light and everyone loves them. There is literally never any cake left over events! The best part? They are created using an authentic, Brazilian recipe.

Lutcha is also an amazing cake designer – there is no a theme or idea she can’t deliver! I’m always floored with how beautiful the final product looks.

Lutcha Pagatto Cakes

Favourite flavours

Brigadeiro (chocolate with Brazilian twist), and dulce de leite – the best caramel you will ever taste.


Emporium of Chocolate, Sydney

Emporium of Chocolate: Chocolatier

The finest ingredients from Australia and Brazil combine to make the most delectable chocolates in Sydney. They are seriously addictive! Again, I use them for any events that call for it – including my own families. I wouldn’t go anywhere else! These chocolates are inspired by traditional Brazilian desserts and they are incredibly delicious. All hand-crafted and beautifully packaged too. His stall at The Rocks Markets in Sydney on the weekend is highlight and not to be missed!

Favourite flavours

Brigadeiro and dulce de leite…yes again! My two favourites of course. Their passionfruit is also divine, along with the strawberry coated in chocolate. Easily the best chocolates I have ever tasted.

Emporium of Chocolate, Sydney


Trust me, these places will have your next event tasting absolutely amazing! A little bit of Brazilian food & a splash of our wonderful culture, all right here in Sydney. I’m so lucky to be surrounded by such wonderful, creative people. Tell me, where would you head to first?

Dani xx

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