Brixton’s Market Row favourite, Carioca (formerly Prima Donna), has introduced a new selection of Brazilian style breakfast dishes to its daytime menu. Served from 10am to 4pm every day, the new brekkie items are freshly prepared in house with locally sourced ingredients and free range eggs by Brazilian head chef Lucy and her team. I had a more than ample taste last Sunday and found everything I tried to be expressly tudo bem.
During my late morning dine I had the Copacabana, a bounteous mound of yum consisting of a poached egg, pulled braised beef, fried plantain, and black bean stew arranged over a homemade maize muffin and plated with a dollop of sour cream and garnished with loads of fresh rocket (£6.95). Talk about an all day breakfast! Man, that was filling … and delicious. I’d have it again and highly recommend it to any one with a hearty appetite.
As mega as my Copacabana was, I somehow managed to make room for a few bites from Carioca’s range of home made desserts. Carrot cake was proper; white chocolate cheesecake pleased the palate mightily; and the butterscotch plantain cake was like tropically infused stickly toffee pudding … on crack.
Carioca does a killer Bloody Maria too. Coffees are from London’s own Caravan roasters (yay).
Carioca is located at Market Row, 25-27 Coldharbour Lane, SW9 8LB. Find out more at facebook.com/pages/Carioca-Brixton/378608922236453.