I don't know about you guys, but I hadn't heard of Brazilian pizza before. I'm a big fan of pizza, so I'm always keen to try new things. My experience at Brazilian Box in Darlinghurst was definitely something new and exciting. And it's one of a kind. It only opened about half a year ago as the first Brazilian pizza joint in Sydney.
Right near Taylor Square and just off Oxford Street, Brazilian Box looks simple and humble. But don't let that fool you because the pizzas are very unique (and the opposite of simple!). Badi informs us that the pizzas stay true to Brazilian roots. At the end of my visit I'm just wondering when I can book the next flight to Brazil...
We have a pizza rodizio, which is pretty much all-you-can-eat pizza (if you're more interested in a meat rodizio, check my recent article on Churrasco). You pay $35 per person and pizza is brought out to you as you please.
The first thing we try is a Brazilian soda (soft drinks are included in the rodizio) called Guarana - and you guessed it, it's a soda containing guarana. But it tastes nothing like Red Bull or V. It's sweet, but not overpoweringly. I found it had a subtle apple and grape kind of flavour.
Before our rodizio starts we have a few sides. First up is the Coxhina (shredded chicken encased in potato and deep fried). I'm already loving this place. Anything deep-fried is good in my books, but it's also very tasty. Four of them will cost you $6 and eight will cost you $10.
We also try the cheesy garlic crust. To. Die. For. I'm already impressed. I also like how it kind of looks like a huge curry puff.
The only downside at Brazilian Box is that you'll be eating on a plastic plate, which isn't fancy by any means. But I have to say this restaurant is really not about the surface, it's much more about the homely, delicious food.
Badi tells me that Brazilians don't eat with their hands, which is why you'll get a steak knife and fork to eat your pizza with (don't fret, you can eat it with your hands - we're in Australian after all). It's an interesting fact anyway.
Brazilian pizza is less about the cheese and more about the meat, which isn't surprising to me. But we also notice that there isn't tomato sauce on the pizza like on Italian pizza. Badi says that the base is his grandmother's recipe. It's also quite different from Italian pizza base. It's a big lighter, we find after tasting it.
Pizzas keep rolling out. First we try the Frango Catupiry (chicken, onions, catupiry, olives & oregano) and Toscana (minced chorizo, crushed egg, onions, olives & oregano). I gotta say I'm a fan of egg on pizza after trying this one.
We also try the Peruana (turkey, bacon, catupiry & olives). This is where I get my hit of catupiry, a Brazilian cheese which to me resembles béchamel sauce - creamy, cheesy and yummy. I'm an instant fan. Now I just need to find out where I can buy me some catupiry. Another chorizo pizza we try is the Calabresa (chorizo, onions, peppers & olives). Anything with chorizo is lovely of course, and this is no exception. This was probably one of my favourites this evening.
And then there's the American Dream (bacon, peas, sweet corn, egg & oregano), which is definitely not your average pizza. It wasn't one of my favourites, but I was very intrigued by the peas and corn. We also give A Modo Gaucho (sirloin, provolone, olives & rocket) a go, which I recommend for meat-lovers. And then we also have the 5 Star (provolone, gorgonzola, parmesan, catupiry, olives & oregano).
And if you're not full yet, you can treat yourself to a dessert pizza. This is definitely a specialty. We try the Chocolate com Morango (Dairy Milk chocolate, sweetened condensed milk & fresh strawberries) and Banana com Canela (custard, banana, sugar & cinnamon), both $19.50 for 11' pizza or $25 for 15' pizza. The Chocolate com Morango was delicious beyond belief and the perfect end to the evening. And banana fans won't be disappointed by the Banana com Canela.
If you're just after a pizza or two, Brazilian Box also does delivery. Delivery is free, except if you live further away ($2 delivery charge), but if you order online it's free anyway.
Especially in summer this place will be great - there's a small courtyard in the back which I'm sure can be quite festive with live entertainment. The courtyard can also be booked out for private functions. For more information, check their website about bookings.