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“Fantastic gem of a cafe with great staff”
Review of Pau Brasil

Pau Brasil
Ranked #71 of 620 Restaurants in Reading
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Brazilian, Latin, Cafe, Portuguese
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Good for: Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Reading, United Kingdom
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic gem of a cafe with great staff”
Reviewed February 21, 2014

Having searched Trip Advisor for different cuisines in Reading we were very excited to try Brazilian food so walked in with high expectations. These were met from the moment we walked in. We wanted as authentic an experience as we could have so chose to have one of the Brazilian fruit drinks and had excellent guidance from the staff. They also took us through the food options explaining the background to the dishes as well as the flavours. The meal was excellent (it is all based around home cooked food which families eat on a regular basis in Brazil) and we enjoyed being able to sit next to the open window upstairs as it was a lovely Summer's day. We will certainly be back and look forward to seeing what new dishes are on the menu. You should definitely visit, but be aware that as a cafe it closes at 6 so call in advance to check the opening times.

  • Visited August 2013
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3 Thank Smirf_x
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Melbourne
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“What a lovely little cafe!”
Reviewed February 19, 2014

As much as I want this little gem to do well I also want to keep it a secret for myself! Myself and my friend had a lovely lunch there a few weekes ago. We had some Brazillian street food which was lovely and a sandwich and some coffee. Lovely friendly staff and a great little find! Do yourself a favour...

  • Visited January 2014
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Thank Aoife K
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London, UK
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Delightful little place”
Reviewed January 23, 2014

Have stopped off at Pau Brasil on many occasions and it never disappoints. Their coffee is lovely as are the little egg pastries (Pastel de nata?). Over the summer months it is worth giving their fruit smoothies a go as they are absolutely scrummy. The lady who owns it is very friendly and helpful, and will gladly explain the other items on the menu. Although very small (there are a few tables upstairs and two out front - which, despite being next to the road are a great little sun trap in summer) it very much has a community feel to it. Downstairs sells authentic Brazilian foods and ingredients. An authentic, independent, hidden gem in my opinion.

  • Visited November 2013
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1 Thank Picalili84
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London, United Kingdom
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“What a find! And great for allergies!”
Reviewed January 13, 2014

We have walked past this little café lots of times but have never ventured inside because we couldn't see any seating except for the two little tables outside. But on the way back from the hospital today we decided that we needed a treat so went in and there are a few tables upstairs, with your food and drinks bought upstairs for you. The lady was very friendly and helpful. I asked lots of questions about what I could eat and drink and she did not get bored with me unlike most places I go into! We ended up having a peppermint tea and a special Brazilian tea that was hot but had slices of lime in it. It smelt delicious and apparently tasted wonderful. We also had two little chicken dumplings that are on the menu as Snacks for £1.60 each - just the right price point for these flavourful and juicy bites. Our teas were £1.80 each and we noticed that the soft drinks and bottled juices were only £1 which made us want to come back again. The only negative is that I have never tried this place before. Thank you.

  • Visited January 2014
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4 Thank cakebakes2000
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Copenhagen, Denmark
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188 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
“Authentic and delicious”
Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is an authentic Brazilian restaurant, starting by the owner, a very friendly Brazilian lady called Izy. Here you will find traditional homemade delicious Brazilian cuisine. The juices are made using frozen fruit pulp, and they are to die for. We have tried "cupuacu" and "acerola", and now we can hardly wait to try the remaining flavours. We have also tried a dish called "vaca atolada", made with braised beef and cassava, served with rice, beans, greens and "farofa". Yummy!!! We have liked it so much that we have already been back to try the snacks, of which I can recommend the cheese balls and the "risoles de camarao". We would go back without hesitation, and we highly recommend it.

Visited October 2013
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3 Thank Lappini
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