London officially boasts 27 Brazilian restaurants, however, there is only one in Barnet. Casa Brasil is a hidden gem where you can experience the taste and feel of Brazil in the heart of Finchley. Edir Cunha, the owner and sole chef, hails from the Minas Gerais region of Brazil which, as any Brazilian will tell you, is home to the best cuisine and most of the country’s top chefs.
Newly refurbished and opened in November 2008, this family run restaurant is a popular dining venue attracting customers from a large area of North London, Hertfordshire and beyond. On the former site of Pizza Hut, ideally situated right in the heart of Enfield Town, Blazers is a simple place to get to, serviced by several bus routes and only 50 yards from Enfield Town train station. Parking in the town is in abundance close by and in the new multi-storey car park, all of which are free after 6.30pm. Being close to the newly upgraded Palace Gardens shopping centre Blazers is ideally placed for shoppers, workers and casual diners to experience a relaxing coffee and cake, quick lunch or a 3-course meal.
Last Thursday evening I had the great pleasure of sitting on the judging panel of the Barnet Regional Final of the Jack Petchey “Speak Out” Challenge. I found the experience to be mesmerising, inspirational and a timely reminder as to why we should nurture and value our youth as the ambassadors of the ”Better Tomorrow” that we all so frequently advocate and dream about.