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Rio Boteco brings the flavours of Brazil to The Institute of Light at London Fields

SEEN had the pleasure of dining here last night and is delighted to report that the entire experience lived up to the publicity. The restaurant has huge glass doors that open out, giving the place an al fresco feel. It was flooded with the evening sun, creating an upbeat vibe amid the exposed brickwork and wooden panelling.

SEEN had the pleasure of dining here last night and is delighted to report that the entire experience lived up to the publicity. The restaurant has huge glass doors that open out, giving the place an al fresco feel. It was flooded with the evening sun, creating an upbeat vibe amid the exposed brickwork and wooden panelling.

We were shown to our table by friendly staff, for whom nothing was too much trouble. Huge shelves displayed a selection of vinyl records for sale in the restaurant itself. SEEN liked the quirky aeroplane-themed touches: window blinds set into the bar; aeroplane seats in the small cinema behind the bar and restaurant which also houses a bookshop. In keeping with the Euros, the documentary on Zinadine Zidane was due to be shown that night.

We started with cocktails. I had a caipirinha with raspberry and blackberry and my companion had a classic mojito. Both were deliciously refreshing with the required kick. I had a starter, mains and pudding. The chef was most obliging to my dining companion, serving a delicious dessert to him of Bolo de chocolate com meregue de maracujá (Chocolate cake topped with an exquisite cream), whilst I was served with my starter. I had Salada de pepino, manga e palmito (salad of palm hearts, cucumber, mango and black sesame seeds) to begin with. It was fresh, light and had just the right amount of coriander on it. I had Salda de bacalhau e batata (salt cod and potatoes with olives) for mains. Salt cod is a dish I’ve longed wanted to try, and this didn’t disappoint. The saltiness of the cod was offset by the potatoes and olives; hearty and robust. I had a delicious coconut sorbet to finish, which had all the creaminess of an ice cream yet felt light and refreshing. Our food was accompanied by a summery French rosé wine. I couldn’t fault it. It really felt like Brazil had come to London. It was friendly, laid-back and very relaxed. I recommend it to you and I’ll definitely be back when the Olympics are on.

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Rio Boteco at The Institute of Light
ARCH 376
10 HELMSLEY PLACE
LONDON FIELDS
LONDON
E8 3SB

Link to previous SEEN article: The Institute of Light Illuminates London Fields with ‘Rio Boteco’