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Braza does a Brazilian barbecue like no other

If you’re expecting a carnivores-only meat-fest, Braza Churrascaria is not your restaurant. Sophisticated and suave, this Brazilian restaurant takes the quintessential South American barbecue to elegant heights.

Located in Darling Quarter, the restaurant’s mood is upbeat, its ambience casually elegant and friendly, its decor warmly minimalist. Since this is definitely not the kind of dining to rush through, if you’re planning to eat before an event at the nearby Sydney Entertainment Centre, reserve a table early. Better yet, see the show tomorrow and make Braza Churrascaria the centrepiece of your evening’s entertainment.

Braza is home to the first cachaca bar in Sydney (cachaca is a Brazilian spirit made of sugar cane)

If you’re keen to get your iron levels up, opt for the traditional churrasco where diners can sample a range of wood fire and charcoal rotisserie grilled meats for $47; including a range of side dishes. Here, waiters rove the floor, each with a metre-long skewer or a big plate holding a succulent seafood offering. Flip the little wooden totem at the edge of your table to its green side, and they stop at your table and carve as you neatly pluck off the pieces with a pair of tongs. They don’t stop coming (chicken hearts, beef rib, pork belly, lamb leg, cheese, pineapple) until you turn your indicator back to red.

Spit-roasted BBQ prawns on confit garlic

The traditional churrasco is great for groups, especially with live entertainment on Saturday nights. However for those who would prefer something less meat-focused, Braza also offers a more-than-pleasing a la carte menu. An entree of spit-roasted BBQ prawns sits atop of confit garlic mash with a fresh gremolata while hiramasa kingfish carpaccio takes a Brazilian twist with the addition of wild chilli. A generous fillet of barramundi is served with an Asian-inspired broth of king brown mushrooms, coriander and soy and the pork ribs are finger-licking tasty. For large groups, families or a romantic dinner-for-two, Braza Churrascaria has a little something for everyone.

Anna Lisle

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Discovering the new Darling Quarter dining precinct

With a 21-metre long firefox, water buckets, climbing ropes, swings and slides, the new Darling Quarter may not sound like a dining destination, but while it is a child’s fantasy-land, it doesn’t leave us adults unhappy either. Tucked cosily between the Chinese Gardens and the Darling Harbour waterfront, this new dining mecca offers a plethora of beautiful dining options.

Darling Quarter

On a glorious summer day I decided to do a little restaurant investigation at the new Darling Quarter. Desperate to find out whether this harbourside precinct would rival my beloved Level 6 at Westfield, I headed down there for a quick power lunch.

Excitedly, I perused the long strip of restaurants. Around me, well-suited businessmen, families and tourists all seemed to have flocked here to soak up the warm sunshine. It had been open only a few weeks and already, the place was buzzing.

My stress levels reached fever high as I pondered what I should have for lunch. A green curry at the open-plan kitchen at Nok Nok Thai Eating House (from the founders of Stir Crazy)? A gourmet salad from either Fat Duck Rôtissoire Kitchen and perhaps a wine from Italian bar Janus? Or a Mediterranean meal in the swish Michael McCann-designed (Flying Fish, Vic’s Meats Woollahra) Stacks Taverna? The choices were endless and after much deliberation, I finally settled on a sushi train feast at Umi Sushi and Udon.

The colourful fit-out at Taste Baguette

Perched at the sushi bar, with the chefs there to keep me amused, a selection of sashimi, miso eggplant and crispy salmon skin was the perfect lunch combination. The excited vibe of Darling Quarter was contagious – and I walked back to the office nourished, and in high spirits. Darling, I will see you again soon.

Anna Lisle

Perched at the Umi Sushi + Udon's sushi train

Darling Quarter restaurants:

Meno Diciotto
Best for: Italian gelati

Son of Tuysuz
Best for: chicken or lamb kebab

Nok Nok Thai Eating House
Best for: authentic Thai curries and stir fries

Stacks Taverna and Bar
Best for: DIY “cook your own” aged rump Angus beef

Best for: “The Classic” Vietnamese baguette

Best for: cachaca! (a Brazilian spirit made from sugar cane juice). Braza has the first cachaca bar in Sydney

Best for: boutique Italian wine bar

Best for: Belgian waffles with Guylian chocolate dip and praline ice cream

Box & Bowl
Best for: takeaway pho

Umi Sushi + Udon
Best for: sashimi and sushi from sushi train

Fat Duck Rotisserie Kitchen
Best for: rotisserie-roasted pork roll

Address: Darling Quarter, Darling Walk, 1-25 Harbour Street, Sydney


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