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Brazilian Dishes with a Twist
Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Originally from Colombia, Head Chef Gustavo Enrique Vargas Mora has a deep understanding of South American food, having started in the kitchen by helping his grandmother at the age of five. Before arriving in Hong Kong, he spent seven years working in restaurants in Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city and home to a significant Japanese population. Today, Chef Gustavo leads Uma Nota's kitchen to deliver the vibrant flavours of South America with a touch of Asian influence.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Coxinhas de frango
This popular snack is commonly seen in bars in Brazil. Chicken is marinated with spices and mixed with okra. The dumplings are then coated with Japanese bread crumbs and deep-fried. Crunchy outside and moist inside, they are best sampled with the restaurant’s homemade chili sauce.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Ceviche Guayas
Japan is known for its sashimi while Brazil has ceviche – raw fish in citrus juice. Here, white fish, squid and shrimp are cured in lime juice and spiced with aji amarillo sauce, coriander, red onion and fried garlic. This refreshing chilled dish is a perfect treat for summer.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Fraldinha
This flank steak from the U.S. is one of the signature dishes of the restaurant. The beef is grilled with a sprinkling of salt and served with a side of authentic Brazilian farofa – a cornflour mixture with butter and bacon. The steak also comes with a watercress and bean salad in homemade vinaigrette.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Tuna skewers
Japanese tuna is selected for its rich flavour and firm texture. Cubes of tuna meat are marinated with aji amarillo and chipotle chilis as well as sake, adding aroma and acidity that goes well with the juicy fish meat. Pickled red onion on top highlights the freshness of the tuna.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

甜酸豬柳
Pork tenderloin is pan-fried until its skin caramelises, and it is topped with pickled fennel to give a sweet-and-sour flavour. The meat is served on top of creamy mashed potato cooked with sweet Saikyo-miso - together creating a harmonious blend of Brazilian barbecue and traditional Japanese ingredients.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

Black sesame mousse
Meringue and raspberries are added to this creamy black sesame mousse, bringing freshness and a mix of textures. This light dessert is a delight for diners who are looking for a closer that is not overly sweet.

Brazilian Dishes with a Twist, Uma Nota<br/>不一樣的巴西滋味

“Brazilian cuisine is not limited to big pieces of meat,” said Alexis Offe, Founder of Uma Nota. “It can also be refined and delicate.” The restaurant aims to disprove some of the preconceptions about Brazilian cuisine with its Japanese-influenced street food. This may seem an incongruous mix, but in fact Brazil is host to the largest Japanese population outside Japan, and this has influenced the country’s food.

Inspired by snack bars in Brazil, the interior of Uma Nota merges design elements of both countries to create a simple space with eye-catching colours and wooden furniture. The same balance extends to the menu, which features Brazilian street food with a twist of Japanese tastes. 

“Japanese cuisine is famous for its fine flavours and quality ingredients, while in Brazil, spices and sauces are commonly used to elevate the dishes,” Offe explained. 

Offe established the restaurant along with his sister Laura in 2017. Born in France, he has lived in Hong Kong for almost 20 years, and said he remains amazed at the city’s flexibility and eagerness to try new things.

 

Uma Nota

38 Peel Street, Central, Hong Kong

2889 7576

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