You know you’re having a great time when you can’t be bothered to update your social media accounts when you’re at a certain place. That was the case for me when I attended the Simply Braziliant Event at Ipanema in Marriott Marquis City Center Doha last night. More than the great company that I was with, the food offered in Ipanema was something to really look forward to that tweeting about it was the last thing in my mind. For every meat that comes out from their kitchen, my stomach lets out a low grumble which is a sign of excitement for what it’s about to devour. :p
Ipanema has been one of those restaurants which The Greek Mister and myself have always wanted to try but never really had the time to do so. We both love meat and we both love Brazilian churrascarias where pasadores will bring and carve the meat at your table which is what Ipanema is all about. Celebrating the Brazilian Independence day on 7th of September, Ipanema featured a 4-day event for this occasion called Simply Braziliant which I was invited to try. Sadly, the Greek Mister is working so I had to bring my friend AM with me. :p
The concept of course is a Brazilian-churrascaria-style of dining, an open buffet of salads and starters are available for diners. The buffet alone I think is enough to satisfy your hunger as there were so many options including Japanese rolls which I prevented myself from eating. I was there for the Brazilian food and would want to try ONLY that.
A card is provided on your table with two sides colored red and green. If you flip your card to green, it means you’re ready to devour the meat that the pasadores or meat carvers will bring to your table. Servers wielding long knives and skewered hunks of spit-roasted meats come out from the kitchen one at a time. They will never stop bringing all these for you unless you flip the card back to red. So basically, you can stay there for as long as you want and have a meat feast at your desired pace.
I normally don’t do very well in buffets or churrascarias as I normally eat way too much on the first serving but this time though, I tried to really pace my meat intake. I would ask only for a small portion of any meat that they’re going to deliver to our table – that way, I was able to try all 15 variations of sizzling meat that Ipanema has to offer. From lamb to beef to chicken, it’s an endless meat parade to satisfy your hunger. I recommend for you not to eat anything the entire day if you’re going to Ipanema.
A live band was playing Brazilian songs while all these were happening around us and at some point, there were some dancers who performed. I was expecting a capoeira or samba dancers to perform but there was none, I was a bit disappointed on that. So I just ordered more meat to overcome this disappointment.
As some of you may know, I’m not a huge fan of desserts but I wanted to try some traditional Brazilian desserts and was planning to get just a few. While I was at the dessert station though, the Brazilian manager of Ipanema gave me a bit of a preview of what I’m about to experience in each bite of each desserts they offer. So I ended up filling my plate with all these sweet things that I normally wouldn’t want to eat. I have to say that all his recommendations were good but the one thing which I really loved was brigadeiro – small drops of heaven with a sprinkle of rainbow delivered to your table by a unicorn. Seriously, it was that good! For someone who’s not a big fan of desserts, that’s saying a lot.
It was a wonderful night spent with good company and great food. I made a mental note to try their Friday brunch next time which sounds like a fun idea.
I was a guest at Ipanema however as always, opinions stated are my own and are in no way influenced.