It’s a little known fact that the largest Japanese population outside of Japan resides in Brazil, but it would seem the generational tide has now turned and a number of Brazilian-Japanese are returning to their grandparents’ native country, bringing with them a good glug of convivial Brazilian culture. One such example is Tokyo’s first and only Caipirinha Bar – and Roppongi’s latest answer to a hard day at the office – offering soothing bossa nova melodies accompanied by Brazil’s national cocktail.
Another little known fact is that real-deal caipirinhas are not exclusively lime-based, and to prove it the Caipirinha Bar has a whole cache of over 30 fruity concoctions to diversify the cocktail’s base of cachaça, white sugar and crushed ice – try your luck with açai, blackberry, fig, kiwi (especially noteworthy is the zingy mint and passionfruit caipirinha). The bar has further elevated Brazilian creativity to new heights with leftfield flavours such as Napolitana, wasabi and yoghurt. To stave off a rumbling tummy, there’s a small selection of typical snacks: warm cheese-infused doughy ‘pao de queijo’ balls, spice-smoked ‘calabresa’ sausage and thin-sliced ‘mortadella’ sandwiches, and of course the legendary Neymar often graces their football-focused screens. Goooooo-lazo!