If you want a realistic taste of Brazilian life, you’re generally stuck with either renting City of God, or visiting a waxing salon, both of which are mostly limited to getting your Rocket better exposure. For an opportunity to enjoy a genuine South American supper, hit Botekim Brazilian Bistro, opening Monday.
Offering authentic comfort fare and cocktails from the place that’s annoyingly good at soccer, Botekim's a cozy cafe with yellow wood paneling, floors painted with Brazilian beach sidewalks, a reprint of the original sheet music of "The Girl From Ipanema", and blackboards with chalky images of Rio's statue of Christ the Redeemer, who will presumably tend to any coupons you bring in. Snack on cheese/ cured meat/ pickle plates w/ Gorgonzola mousse and chicken liver pâté, then get after some yucca fritters w/ ground beef & sweet malagueta pepper sauce, or Linguiça de Porco Acebolada: pork sausage, caramelized onions, and toast points, which’re generally awarded for things like thanking the host, and remembering to good-naturedly objectify women. For entrees, they’ve got Niman Ranch grilled pork loin w/ banana and collards, braised lamb shank w/ polenta & mint pea sauce, and Steak Milanese w/ ham, hearts of palm, and potato sticks, not to be confused with Potato Styx, who’re most famous for their hit song, Mr. Poe-tah-toe.
Bo's got 18 bottled brews (Duvel, Palma Louca, Xingu...), 36 wines by the glass/ carafe/ bottle, and cocktails from caipirinhas to ginger 'ritas, Batidas, and Scottish Mules with English cucumber -- just be sure to keep your freshly waxed one in your pants, lest you be exposed as a Li'l Ze.