Been to Brazil
No need for a passport when you visit Papagaio restaurants. The Papagaio
restaurant chain has been around for about 10 years, but their two new
kosher branches are open only a few months. Visit the kosher Papagaio
restaurants in the Azrieli Center and in the Arena Mall in Herzlia.
Papagaio is a South American meat restaurant with the emphasis on meat,
meat and more meat, sizzling on the grill and brought to you in abundance.
Meat lovers, take a look at the rotisseries on top of large gas fires
at the cooking range near the entrance to the restaurant. It is impressive,
even fun to watch. .
This is a restaurant with a lot of action. Waitresses are up and about
between the tables carrying lovely looking trays laden with food and
drinks. Grill men scurry about the restaurant wielding sword-length
skewers of meat. There is bouncy South American background music and
a houseful of guests. Not your quiet romantic hide-away, Papagaio is
a hub of activity, as its name suggests.
you start the meal you will be offered cocktails. The waitress does
not rattle off a list of drinks, she brings a display tray to your table,
places it on a frame in the center, and you choose. These are alcoholic
and non-alcoholic ice-cold sweet frothy fruit drinks. This is a very
pleasant way of starting your meal and even though it will add a few
shekels to your bill, we recommend that you indulge. The strawberry
rum drink that I had was not very alcoholic and was a very pleasant
opener to our dinner.
Now for the food. Papagaio specializes in Churrascaria, an "all you
can eat" menu of meat or fish (NIS 125 meat, NIS 90 fish per person).
There are smaller meals and standard one-plate dinners, but you have
come to Papagaio for the variety, so go for it.
Your meal begins with bread served with vegetable dips. There is a cute
Netilat Yadayim station not too far, so enjoy the bread. A tray of six
marvelous vegetable dishes follows. There is a yummy sweet potato dish,
and whole small aubergines in techina. There are onions cooked with
garlic, a red pepper concoction, and others. You'll want more of everything,
but don't do it! There is so much more to come.
And here it comes - two meat dishes to whet your pallet: barbequed chicken
wings, and an attractive chopped meat dish. We had just tasted these
when the waiters started the flow of grilled meat, brought to our table
on sword-like skewers filled from top to bottom, fresh from the grill.
You are invited to take as much meat as you want from the skewers and
more whenever you want. But remember, there is always something else
there are 12 different meat choices in the Churrascarias dinner, but
in practice there are more. The order is not pre-determined. It all
depends on what comes off the grill when you get there. In our case,
grilled chicken livers came first , followed by kebab. After that came
barbecued chicken legs. So far everything was really very good.
Grilled chunks of white chicken meat in sweet sauce came next. Then
came skewers of chorizo, spicy small piquant South American sausages.
By this time I realized that, no matter how good they look, I must not
take more than one small piece. More dishes kept coming. Be picky, you
can afford to.
When they came with skewers of goose hearts, I passed. Organ meats are
just not my style. I passed again on the Entrecote steak because it
was well done and I prefer medium rare. A minute later they came again,
this time with medium rare, just the way I like it. This was followed
by sinta steak, also medium rare. They had learned how I like my meat.
If you need time to let the food settle before the next dish, flip the
signal on your table to red. When you are ready for more, flip it to
green. But you'll have to forgive the enthusiastic waiters. If they
have a fresh batch of something that you haven't tried, they come over
anyway. They keep track of which dishes you have not had yet. You can
have as much of any as you want. If you want more just ask.
After the steak there was more steak, this time in garlic sauce - an
extra, not part of the 12 dishes. Just when I thought this could not
be topped, out came skewers of moulard. The meat was incredibly soft
and buttery, and in my opinion, was the best dish of all.
"You have to try the ribs!" the waiter exclaimed as he brought out a
rack of beef ribs, which he carved to order. I didn't think I could
eat another thing but he knew a good customer when he saw one. The ribs
were excellent, soft on the inside and crunchy on the outside. I should
mention that in between the waiters kept offering more of the meats
that I had already tried, but I was close to bursting and tried to take
only the meats I had not tried yet. I don't think I left anything out,
but I might have.
By this time I was ready to waddle back to the car, but I had to have
a small second helping of moulard. The truth is that I could barely
eat it. But it was delicious.
While I was making my way through the grill, my companion set out to
prove that you don't have to be a carnivore to enjoyed Papagaio. While
her fish was grilling, she enjoyed the vegetables and the salads, and
the "tasting" of outstanding grilled salmon that was given out to like
jewels to select tables. The whole grilled Denise served with green
salad made a very lovely dinner with a dish of potatoes that were served
Finally, six amazing looking desserts were place in the center of our
table for us to choose from. We looked at the desserts with desire in
our eyes, but had to pass. We could not eat another thing.
Papagaio is a meat lovers paradise, and an experience not to be missed.
Papagaio restaurant in the Arena Mall has two seating areas. One can
be curtained off for private parties of up to about 50 people.
Cassiopeia simcha hall in the Arena Mall seats up to 700 guests. The
hall faces the sea and a chupa can be set up on the outdoor balcony.
The Papagaio restaurant menu is available for your simcha or you can
arrange any other menu of choice with the Cassiopeia simcha planners.