Hunger is definitely one of the banes of my life. It doesn’t matter how much you eat, you always get hungry again. You can stuff yourself till you are in pain and can’t stand the sight of food, but in a few hours time you’ll be hungry again. The big problem with hunger is that it makes your eyes grow. You have heard the adage, ‘don’t go shopping on an empty stomach’. Well, it’s very true. When you are hungry, everything looks so damn tasty (especially at Woolies). You end up buying twice as much.
This was the problem we had when we ate at Braza in Century City. Braza is a new franchise restaurant owned by the company that owns the Ocean Basket. They are aiming to offer value for money Portuguese fare in the same way that Ocean Basket offers value for money seafood. I would say they are doing a good job.
It was about 2pm and we hadn’t had anything to eat up till then. We were so hungry that our eyes were the size of 4 stomachs. We looked at the menu and EVERYTHING sounded like just what we felt like eating. So, we ordered mains and starters each. I ordered the Chorizo sausage (R25) and my dining partner ordered the Chicken Livers (R18). They both came with a Portuguese roll, which meant that by the time we had finished the starter we were full. Nonetheless, motivated by the tastiness of the starters, and not to be intimidated by something so trivial as satiation (is that a word?) we awaited the mains.
We both ordered the same thing, the Braza House Chicken (R43). It’s enough for 2 people: 3 chicken breasts, veggies and potatoes all smothered in a rich, creamy garlic and wine (I think, can’t quite remember) sauce. We had to eat quickly so that the feeling of fullness wouldn’t prevent us from finishing the food on our plates. It was very tasty, any lack in that department would have afforded us an excuse to not eat it all, but no, it needed to be eaten.
The menu is typically Portuguese, offering espetada, peri-peri chicken, prego, ribs, prawns, sardines and all the other things you would expect to see. The prices are very reasonable and the food is very tasty. The service was average, but they are quite new so that might improve. I did not even look at the winelist so can’t tell you much. I would say that it is definitely good value for money.
We rolled out of there feeling very uncomfortable. I swore I wouldn’t eat for a week, but lasted only till breakfast.