37 John William Street, Huddersfield
13th November 2012 7.30pm
||Annie of Marsh
is a newly opened Brazilian grill restaurant, on John William Street,
Huddersfield, located at the former Argentos steak house, perhaps a tough
act to follow for some. On-street parking is available immediately outside
the restaurant and surrounding area, free after 6pm and with the central
location it is just a couple of minutes stroll from Huddersfield railway and
My partner and I visited on a Tuesday evening, having previously booked
using the online facility; we were warmly greeted by a member of staff and
offered a choice of table. We plumped for a window table, which needed to be
set, so took a seat in the quirky waiting area on old theatre style seating
and perused the drinks menu.
Our table was ready promptly and the waiter offered to take our coats as he
seated us. The atmosphere was good, with several other tables of couples and
family groups; decor is colourful whilst remaining stylish and music
enhances the Brazilian theme, without being too intrusive. On enquiring I
was told Botafogo is a beach in Brazil, the place really does give an
informal beach hut vibe, whilst being clean and efficient.
After a couple of minutes, our drinks order was taken, I chose Brahma (a
Brazilian beer at £3.40 a pint) from a small but enticing selection and my
partner chose Guarana, a Brazilian soft drink (£2.05) made from red berries
which was tasty and refreshing. I also ordered some tap water, which is
served in a chilled bottle at a charge of 50p for charity (although this is
optional) Favela Painting, whose colourful building decoration work is shown
on the walls. A selection of wines and cocktails are also available, making
Botafogo a great place for a celebration.
Being first time diners at the Brazilian grill, the process was explained,
putting us completely at ease. We both chose the main event from the menu
(£18.20 each), which is a selection of at least seven types of meat;
sausage, chicken, ribs and steaks, plus daily specials which are brought to
the table as long as your card is turned to green. Whist waiting we watched
the meat being served to other dinners, carved from large skewers, this
seemed almost theatrical and added to our anticipation.
The feast began with small, tasty morsels of beef empanadas and ham and
cheese croquets, on complimenting the starters, we were offered more but
opted to move onto the main event. Side dishes of rice, black beans and
chips were brought to the table, which big enough to accommodate all the
food comfortably. I enjoyed all of these, my partner was not a fan of the
black beans, but the chips were delicious and we devoured them all, I had
also chosen an additional side of coleslaw (£2.20), which tasted freshly
homemade and complimented the meat perfectly. As soon as we had our sides
the different cuts of meat began to arrive. I was a little apprehensive
about the amount of food we may be served, but the portions were manageable
and our server was happy to pander to my request for more Sirloin steak,
which was cooked rare, exactly to my liking. My partner was a big fan of one
of the specials; chicken wrapped in bacon and had extra servings of these.
When we could eat no more our plates were cleared and I pondered if I had
room for a desert, our waiter suggested one of the sorbets if we were
feeling full and I was tempted by the unusual option of lime and cactus
sorbet, however I had a hankering for something sweet and gooey, so opted
for the flan caramel (£4.90). Being served with toffee and cream this
certainly hit the spot and was shared by my partner who claimed to be too
full for desert.
All the staff were very friendly, introducing themselves and making our
dining experience very pleasant. Our service was swift, without feeling
rushed; I noted that other diners were more leisurely and staff seemed
accommodating of this.
There is a vegetarian option of empanadas, pasta and vegetables and
discounted meals for children, under 4ís eat free. Access to the restaurant
is up one small step and the toilets are down stairs, so this may prove
problematic for less able bodied dinners. The downstairs toilets are
however, clean and pleasant.
The bill for the two of us totalled £49.45, with £43.50 of this being food
and £7.45 for our two drinks and water.
Botafogo is a meat loverís paradise, tasty food and friendly staff made for
and enjoyable dining experience and we left full and contented, definitely
intending to return.
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