For our sixth takeaway Sunday lunch from Pau Brasil on Mount Pleasant, Reading during social-distancing and the lockdown, we chose, bacalhao com natas served with cassava chips and greens.
For dessert we had coconut ice cream and custard tarts. If we had room we could have had a third; Romeu e Julieta, slices of cheese and goiabada. The romantically named combination is a popular Brazilian dessert. The cheese pictured is creamy Alvelhe made from a mixture of cow and sheep’s milk. Goiabada is a jam or jelly made from guavas. Both products are available from Pau Brasil. If you have memories of the 1960s party staple of cheese and pineapple on sticks or love cheese with your apple pie then this is worth a try.
The café can no longer provide a sit-down service as the Government has instructed restaurants to close because of the coronavirus epidemic. It remains open as a takeaway and shop and this is really appreciated at this time.
Pau Brasil is at 89 Mount Pleasant, Reading, RG1 2TF, and they recommend that you phone in advance on 0118 975 2333 to place an order to reduce waiting times. Only one customer is allowed in at a time to maintain a safe environment; space in the shop is limited.
Pau Brasil also now has a website and online shop.
Opening times are 11.30am to 5pm from Tuesday to and closed on Monday.
NHS staff can collect a free coffee or hot drink.