Mata Petisco BarFriday, July 18, 2014
A few weeks ago I was invited to the Media Launch at Mata Petisco Bar to sample their South American tapas-style menu. The menu had some items that I knew I would love such as the Beef Cheek Poutine and Lobster Pastel. There were also some items that were new to my palate such as the Smoked Crispy Chicken Hearts. Although I am a foodie, chicken hearts fall into the 'peculiar' category for me and are not high on my priority list of new things to try. However, I will try anything once and I like to save my adventurous tastings for times when the food is prepared in a way that is appetizing to my fastidious ways. Luckily for me, the hearts were prepared crispy and smoky so this was my opportunity to try the little organs out.
We started the menu off with a creamy Lobster Pastel and Brazilian Cheese Bread (Pão De Queijo) with a side of Requeijão Cheese Sauce. I have had the crowd-pleasing cheese bread before at South American restaurants so I was happy to taste the authenticity in these puffs. The pastel, which is a popular Latin fast-food dish was crispy but not oily and had a rich and flavourful creamy lobster filling.