Enjoy the Latin spirit at Britain’s best South American restaurants
Whether it’s the Rio Olympics, the splendours of the Andes, the intriguing history of the Incas and the Aztecs or the vibrant Carnival, there’s no disputing that South America is a fascinating continent. For those not able to make the journey to see the amazing sights in person, why not visit one of Britain’s great South American restaurants? As well as the cuisine, many will also give you the flavour of the place with live music and authentic décor.
Top British South American restaurants
- Soak up the Argentinian atmosphere at Gaucho in Manchester, a restaurant with black leather booths and white chandeliers. Dine on steaks, including tira de ancha, a spiral-cut ribeye marinated in chimichurri. If you don’t fancy steak, you will find dishes from other South American countries, including Mexican crab tostadas.
- Enjoy a Mexican feast with the sharing boards at Cielo Blanco in Leeds. Taking inspiration from the meat markets of Oaxaca, these feature steak, belly pork and chicken accompanied by red rice, salsas and corn-on-the-cob. In the summer, dine outdoors on the glass-roofed terrace.
- Sample a Brazilian barbecue at Fazenda in Liverpool. Meat-carving waiters known as passadors will bring skewers of lamb, chicken, beef or pork fresh from the grills to be carved at your table.
- Viva Brazil in Glasgow is another Brazilian barbecue offering meat cooked on churrascarias to be carved at your table. However, it is also well worth trying some of the other dishes on the menu, including the stew that many Brazilians consider to be their national dish – smoky pork and bean feijoada.
- Try some of the lesser-known South American cuisine at Latinoamerica in Hove, such as yucca chips or Chipa correntino, the traditional cheese balls. For the less-adventurous diner, there are still the more well-known dishes, including Argentinian steak.