Behind The Scenes At Pau Brasil

Posted on September 9, 2017

Words: Olivia Ebeling

Images: La Skimal

With its magical and relaxed ambience, delicious food and vibrant entertainment offering, Pau Brasil is one of the most charming – and tasty – foodie destinations for all the family. Whether you come for cocktails with friends or a Brazilian meat feast with the whole clan, sitting back in the restaurant’s spacious gardens while enjoying the South American live music and carnival-inspired dance routines makes you fee like you are on another continent.

A joint project between founders Enzo and Altin, Pau Brasil is now in its second season and has won a place in the heart of many an island resident as well as those of savvy gourmet visitors to the White Isle. Offering a generous buffet option, or a combination of the buffet with the finest grilled meats cut off to drop onto your plate right at your table, the traditional churrascaria concept is proving a hit in Ibiza. We spoke to the duo behind the popular dining destination to find out more…

Pau brasil interview by la skimal

What inspired you to open a Brazilian restaurant in Ibiza?
I had the idea for the Pau Brasil concept because my wife is Brazilian, so I have a personal relationship with the country and its food. And there was nothing like it on the island. I was searching for the right place and in my mind I had pictured something smaller. And then I met Altin, who owns this compound, and we decided to team up. We had a brainstorming and he said, ‘If we do it, we’ll do it together and we’ll do it big’.

How has your summer been so far?
Our second season is going very well. We have aimed to improve the quality of the food and in my opinion we have achieved that. In our first year, we were focussing on finding the best meats, and now we have a great selection of suppliers. And the word is spreading, more people know about us now. I think next year, our third season, will be the real start of the restaurant because it takes a couple of years to stabilise the business.

Pau brasil interview by la skimal

Pau brasil interview by la skimal

We love the colourful design of this space. How did you come up with it?
When we started to do up the space, we were working on the lighting and one of the guys hung his shirt over the cables like a laundry line. That gave us the idea to decorate the restaurant and garden like a Favela. Then we spoke to a local designer, Andreas Tischler, who has a lot of crazy ideas, and he came up with all the bright colours. We were a little sceptical at first, because all the buildings were white before.

How did you find your Brazilian chef?
All the staff members are Brazilian, actually. We want to make sure the whole team has that authentic South American attitude, to make sure the restaurant has the ‘soul’ of Brazil.

Pau brasil interview by la skimal

Pau brasil interview by la skimal

Tell us more about the music and shows you put on at Pau Brasil?
We had the idea to have some live music here, but just like with the food, we had to find the right fit of artists and bands for the restaurant. Now we have Brazilian music on Fridays and Saturdays, and also Spanish Flamenco on Thursdays.

Now we are heading into the low season, how long will Pau Brasil stay open?
Now that the weather is changing we are thinking about opening at lunchtime on the weekends, like we did last year. At the moment we are planning to stay open until the 1st of January and then close for a few months.

Information & Reservations
t: +34 971 508 880
w: www.paubrasilibiza.com

Pau brasil interview by la skimal

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Pau brasil by la skimal

Pau brasil by la skimal

Pau brasil by la skimal

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