Dinner at B'Cos Brazil

It's not often we describe a restaurant as 'fun'. Well, the act of going to these places is quite fun. Eating is definitely fun. But calling a restaurant 'fun', is a little unusual, even by our standards.

In any case - if you want to go somewhere that we think is 'fun', we think you should hit up B'Cos Brazil.

B'Cos we said so.

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A mid week feast was upon us and what better way to celebrate than with Brazilian food?

B'Cos is squeezed into one of Melbourne CBD's infamous laneways on Little Collins Street. We'd heard a bit about it on social media and as people who pride themselves on experiencing new cultures through food, we weren't ones to miss out and walk past a place like this.

Except, we kind of had. Many, many times. Little Collins is kind of our haunt, but there is so much we have yet to explore.

Having never tried Brazilian prior, we pepped ourselves up a fair bit in the hours leading up to our departure and, with the thought of coxinhas and pão de queijos (yeah, we did our research - hangriness drives us into a state of focus like nothing else), we frolicked onto the tram towards our destination.

No 14. Dark Cherry Blossoms

B'Cos is so brightly lit that you can catch a small glimpse from your peripherals as you walk past Equitable Place (laneway) on Little Collins. We're sure it's lured in many a weary traveller over the years.

It's bright inside too - orange metal chairs, patterned tile work and turquoise accents. There are various decorative elements that leap into your vision - a birds of paradise theme and shelves packed with miscellaneous canned goods and liquor.

It's quite a small nook - which we love. We find that small establishments are so much more hospitable. You won't be surprised to know that we were attended to as soon as we walked in by a friendly wait staff with a wide and toothy smile. You won't be surprised to learn that these guys loved what they did and that they exuded with pride when they talked you through the menu. You won't be surprised to find out that through the little things like this, we felt welcomed to their little eatery like family.

We're sorry (not sorry) for gushing.

We came with a friend on this night - old mate Colin. You may remember him from such hits as Oh God, We Ate Too Much Mexican or LiLi, Why Have You Forsaken Us With More Alcohol After Our Foray Last Night? 

He's always up for good grub and curious cocktails.

Speaking of, we started our evening with a round of Caipirinhas ($16 ea) this was described to us as the national cocktail of Brazil. The selling point however (other than it being alcohol), was that it was made with a sugar cane liquor called Cachaça. Deliciously dangerous.

If you go, get them to explain the menu. Or don't - you could just pay attention to this blog post and not skip through the pictures (yeah, okay we know Jo takes a decent photo, but seriously, our writing is just as good!). Essentially, you're picking out a combo meal or a Prato Feito if you want a substantial main meal that isn't a burrito. On a plate, you get 1) rice and beans, 2) meat or vegetable fillings and, 3) your choice of their salads and sides at the salad bar. The meat or vegetable fillings are described on the menu but you need to get up to have a look at the salad display to see whats on offer.

So we indulged ourselves with that as well as a bunch of Brazilian snacks to share from the menu - heres what we did:

Old Mate Colin

Prato Feito Variation ($13.90)
White rice and Vovo's slow cooked beans, clay pot stewed creamy chicken stroganoff, mashed potato, coleslaw, charred corn and crispy potato chips.

LiLi

Prato Feito Variation ($13.90) 
White rice and Vovo's slow cooked beans, 16 hour slow cooked & cast iron seared pulled pork, mashed potato, quinoa salad, guacamole and charred corn.

JoJo

Prato Feito Variation ($13.90) 
Brown rice and Vovo's slow cooked beans, clay pot stewed creamy chicken stroganoff,  mashed potato, pumpkin & zucchini salad, charred corn and crispy potato chips.

Shared

Too much Caipirinha ($16 ea)

Pão de Queijo ($5 for 3)
Brazilian cheese puffs

Coxinha ($10 for 3)
Brazilian chicken croquettes

Cod Croquette ($4)

First up, our Pão de Queijos, our little pillows of cheesy savoury goodness. Texture-wise, we're talking about a light and fluffy baked dough with and a spongey elastic quality about it. Lot's of air pockets.

The cheese is very subtle in flavour and doesn't compete with the doughy puff. Pretty good, especially with hot sauce.

The Cod Croquette was okay, not mind blowing but we appreciated just how fresh this was. Plus, check out how huge this is!

The real winner here was the Coxinha. If you've never had it, we'd suggest you get onto it.

Coxinha is a popular Brazilian snack containing a creamy shredded chicken filling, encased in dough, breaded and fried. UGH. We think there was a bit of cream cheese in here too making this snack quite the indulgence. We'd literally go back just for these. 

After what seemed like no time at all, our mains arrived. Do not let the serving sizes of the Prato Feito fool you. These are so much more filling than they actually appear.

Li picked the 16 hour slow cooked & cast iron seared pulled pork as her meat of choice. Beautiful, succulent moreish pork was only one part such a wholesome plate of food.

Like we said, on first impressions it looks like quite a small plate of food. Quinoa salad, guacamole, corn and potato mash and pulled pork... how could this go wrong? Well. it could and it did and by the end of it, LiLi found herself in the familiar surroundings of Struggle town. 

JoJo and Old Mate Colin had their clay pot stewed creamy chicken stroganoff in separate bowls to the overall dish and we got the sneaking suspicion that we got a little more bang for our buck this way. That being said however (and seeing how LiLi fared with hers), we also struggled to finish our Prato Feitos.

Our stroganoff was every bit as creamy as it looks. It featured a strong tomato base, tender juicy chicken and chopped mushrooms. Very warming.

Could it have been the three snacks we had before hand? The drinks? Or maybe was it that our Prato Feito, without the meat comprised of 90% carbs? All we knew was that we were now all in Struggle town and there was no where to go from there.

Or, was there?

FYI, there is a neighbouring town called Extreme Regret and Deepened Self Loathingia, which we happened to visit after ordering a round of Brazilian Flan ($4) for dessert.

This was great although, you can't go wrong with a basic flan recipe. It was a great way to finish, although truthfully, we could have stopped half way through our Prato Feitos and would have been more than satiated - we had quite the feast!

What I loved about B'Cos was the customer service. As soon as you walk in, you're welcomed by (which I assumed was) the owner who is super friendly and accommodating. He has a bright personality and is more than willing to explain the menu if you have not tried Brazilian food before. Very vibrant welcome.

I think we underestimated the portion sizes. It may look like small servings but man, it was so filling! The slow cooked pork was just the right amount of saltiness and I'm not going to lie when I say that I really enjoyed the potato mash. The Coxinha being a local delicacy was such a warm delight with the cheese oozing out over the chicken encased in crispy exterior. It's definitely one going back for.

The owner didn't have to twist our arms very far to try the Caipirinha. Anything with sugar cane juice is easily sold for me. The problem or upside to this cocktail is that it's so easy to down that you will get so drunk because of how potent it is. Great for summer time for sure!

Another highlight was the tip jar. The staff encourage all guests to balance a coin on a lemon that sits in a jar of water because if successful, you get to earn all the money from that tip jar. It looks like a simple task but it's far from it. There is probably about $500 sitting in there and only once has one of their staff manage to conquer the lemon. It's definitely a point of difference and adds to the quirkiness that is B'Cos.

There are so many things that I enjoy about B'Cos that it's actually embarrassingly hard to articulate in a way that would do it justice.

I'll start with why most of you read this blog - the food was top notch because it is made fresh, and made with a fierce pride. Order the Pão de Queijos, Coxinhas and make your own Prato Feito. If you're still unsure, tell the wait staff what you like and have them make a recommendation, Their customer service is infallible so I doubt you will be disappointed on that front.

I like the quirkiness of the place and the fact that it has made a home out of the small laneway it is packed into. It's bright, it's clashing but it's a personality onto itself with its vibrant colours and various homages to Brazil.

I don't know what it is - and I don't know if I can speak for anyone else, but it re-awakened a deep seated need to get up and travel again (which thankfully I did shortly after this visit, otherwise I would have been so very restless) - I thought that this was a very unique experience and can honestly say I hadn't encountered this at any other restaurant.

Seating is a little limited if it gets busy - it's a small establishment so big groups may need to call in advance to see if a special reservation can be made. 

Greatful to have visited such an energised and happy space.

 

LILI'S RATING

Food and Drink: ★★★★☆
Interior: ★★★☆☆
Customer Service: ★★★★★
General Atmosphere: ★★★★☆
Value for Money: ★★★☆☆

OVERALL: ★★★★☆

JOJO'S RATING

Food and Drink: ★★★★☆
Interior: ★★★☆☆
Customer Service: ★★★★★
General Atmosphere: ★★★★☆
Value for Money: ★★★☆☆

OVERALL: ★★★★

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B'Cos
★★★★☆

Address: 353 Little Collins St, Melbourne CBD, VIC 3000 (look for a sign that says Equitable Place).
Opening Hours: Mon - Wed 09:00 - 16:00; Thurs- Fri 09:00-21:00; Sat & Sun Closed
Contact: (03) 9670 1956; Website
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