Samba and sushi mix at new town restaurant

A RESTAURANT will bring a taste of samba and sushi to diners next month.

Thursday, 18th January 2018, 9:14 pm
Updated Thursday, 18th January 2018, 9:32 pm
The Bahn Thai in Fareham will soon become a Brazilian steakhouse and susha buffet restaurant Picture by Ian Hargreaves

Three industry professionals are set to open Villa’s Brasil, a Brazilian steak house and sushi buffet restaurant, in Fareham, in the building that was previously popular Asian restaurant, Bahn Thai.

Director Achuthan Leelaratnam said: ‘We are really excited to open the place and bring a fusion food that has proved popular in London to people in Fareham.

‘We hope to get a bull to replace the Buddha that was taken by the old landlords and hopefully it will become as popular.’

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The trio includes local Ram Siva who has lived in the area for 20 years.

The 47-year-old said: ‘We think the combination works and it means the restaurant works for everyone including people who don’t like meat.’

The restaurant is currently being refitted with new windows and re-decorated throughout the dining area.

Achuthan said: ‘The founder Sonairton Almeida is the driving force behind this and this is a massive opportunity for us to expand this food trend outside of London and give people a healthy option when coming to a steak house.’

Both Achuthan and Sonairton have both previously owned Brazilian restaurants in London.

Acuthan said: ‘I have owned a business for about four years and myself and the two others know a lot about the industry and we just can’t wait to open our doors.’

The building was originally let by Cyan Power and previous plans involved a pub chain taking over the site.

Achuthan added: ‘This community and the area have a lot of restaurants and pubs but none like this.

‘We wanted to give them some variety and something completely different.’

The restaurant is expected to open in February.