Origem – source in Portuguese – is an East London destination for Brazilian food, for both the capital’s homesick Brazilian community, fans of the trend for Latin American barbecue, and curious foodies alike. With an extensive menu of authentic Brazilian cuisine matched by drinks – think caipirinhas – and a roster of live Brazilian music, this Lower Clapton restaurant along Chatsworth Road, close to Homerton station, is definitely one to pin on your culinary map.
Lower Clapton’s Origem encourages guests to take things slow when they dine at their Chatsworth Road premises. Order up an ice cold beer, glass of wine, or go for gold and sip on a classic caipirinha while you mull over the menu – it’s long, and is packed with many of the Brazilian dishes that have made this Latin American cuisine the word on the tip of London food fans’ tongues. Starters are dominated by carnivorous dishes, as you’d expect from a national cuisine made famous by its churrasquinho tradition (more on that later), but there are a couple of vegetarian options among the rump steak picanha and fried fish isca de peixe.
A simple queijo platter of cheese, olives, and bread or a more involved cogumelo com polenta (pan-fried mushroom with oven-baked polenta and a creamy sauce) are great ways to begin your Brazilian feast. Traditional fare such as the almoco ingles (sausage, rice, beans, eggs, and mashed potatoes) is a fixture among those looking for lunch down Lower Clapton’s Chatsworth Road, but the star of the show is undoubtedly Origem’s churrasquinho selection. The Brazilian barbecue is now a popular pastime in London, and Origem’s beef, chicken, lamb,and sausage options are superlative.