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Rio comes to Castle Street

Viva Brazil, Liverpool's newest dining experience, is a sunny delight

Published on October 11th 2010.


Rio comes to Castle Street

THE launch of Liverpool new Brazilian restaurant Viva Brazil was not without its eventful moments. Big, loud, proud and shaking it all about...and that wasn't just the cocktails.

Last Thursday night was the big glittery opening.

Apart from Coronation Street and Hollyoaks peeps who turned out to toast the city's brand £1m Brazilian barbecue, the launch was celebrated with samba dancers and drummers, a veritable carnival outside in Castle Street to pound the rafters of the nearby Town Hall.

For those staid offices nearby, it proved a real rum do.

Stars such as Hollyoaks' Jorgie Porter and Jessica Fox, and Coronation Street's Sacha Parkinson were seen to be taking in the South American atmosphere.

Viva Brazil is fitted with charcoal barbecue and super salad bar set under impressive crystal chandeliers, just on the corner with Brunswick Street, making it an excellent after work venue.

We like a party at Confidential any time of the day, night or week, so much so that on Sunday, which was a very Morrissey Sunday (cold and grey), we sneaked back again for a another fix of sunny Rio - and to take a first view.

It did the trick. This is a handsomely decorated place. Leather booths, wooden floors and furnishings and a warm, yet elegant atmosphere.

Authentic roving passadors, or carvers, move from table to table, hand carving meat from large skewers for the diners – of which there were many, on this gloomy day outside, with the same idea of taking refuge as us.

On the table - a cardboard signal. Turn it to red if you want the passadors to stay away. When you want more to eat, flip it over to green and they are straight over.

It's fun, this. And the kids especially thought so too. With this army of carvers appearing, there are excellent and numerous opportunities if you feel the young guns need to practise saying please and thank you – or, indeed, if you need to yourself.

There are about 15 choices of meat, beautifully cooked, we have to say, from roast lamb and several cuts of steak and beef, to chicken wings and spicily marinated pork and traditional Brazilian sausage.

Over at a generous and colourful salad bar, you can also help yourselves to a range of traditional Brazilian stews – as if it wasn't all mind boggling enough already.

At an all-in cost of £19.95 per adult and £9.95 for the under 10s on a Sunday , it's as far away from the traditional Sunday lunch and Morrissey's dreary autumn days as you can get. Try it at lunch time for just £12.95 and find out why, in here, there is no such thing as SAD.

Open from 11.30 to 23.30 seven days a week we will review Viva Brazil properly in a few weeks.

In the mean time there is only thing we will advise at this meat fest: Go hungry. Go very, very hungry.

And Morrissey: probably best if you look away.

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17 comments so far, continue the conversation, write a comment.

AnonymousOctober 5th 2010.

"Peeps"?

Editorial twizzlerOctober 5th 2010.

It fits on the all-new shorter line!

Terry MOctober 5th 2010.

I wouldn't mind a another peep of that lady doing the splits.

AnonymousOctober 5th 2010.

I went to that do. Shame "f*cking noisy can't be portrayed in a picture.

Stanley StreetOctober 5th 2010.

"Peeps" is not only childish and irksome, it originates in the unfunny Harry Enfield's unfunny and racist portrayal of a Greek gentleman to get cheap laughs off hysterical morons.

Albert TatlockOctober 5th 2010.

Who are these people? There's a bloke in 'Corrie' called Sacha? Yeah...

Minnie CaldwellOctober 5th 2010.

It's nice to see all these gentlemen taking their young granddaughters out for tea, but they should have made them put their coats on, some of them look perishing!

NorrisOctober 6th 2010.

It could only be a very feminine and envious man who would not adore these beautiful women. Eh?

Piers MorganOctober 6th 2010.

Stanley, get over yourself.

Stanley StreetOctober 6th 2010.

Which means what exactly, in English, Piers?

WappingOctober 7th 2010.

Stanley, it's a neologism. Do try to keep up.

Stanley StreetOctober 7th 2010.

No it's not, it's playground slang. Stop telling whoppers, Wapping

WappingOctober 13th 2010.

Stan, we're not using Latin here. Things change, not always for the better I'll grant you, but language develops and new idioms carry new inferences. "Get over yourself" is a very expressive phrase and is more likely to have originated in some American television show than in a British playground.

Stanley StreetOctober 13th 2010.

Exactly. Foreign slang. Adopted by the feeble-minded who watch too much American television.

So what is it supposed to mean then?

Getting over myself is a physical impossibility.

WappingOctober 13th 2010.

Getting over an upset or setback is also a physical impossibilty but many people do it. Such new idioms are adopted by people who hear them. Useful ones succeed and survive most others don't. I use that expression and don't watch such tv programmes. If you really want to be an expert on correct English you need to review your definintion of "correct". It changes. It's not the same in colloquial speech, promotional writing, legalese or intellectual debate. This is the internet, it has its own vernacular and "get over yourself" is perfectly acceptable here. I suggest you try real life social interaction as you plainly have plenty of scope for more learning about people and language.

Tricky WooOctober 15th 2010.

hear hear Wapping. Stanley Street lives his life by a very strange set of rules, by the look of it.

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