The Grill from Ipanema – CLOSED

The Grill from Ipanema, they just changed the name, though, and redid the decor, web site, 1858 Columbia Road NW, Washington, DC, 202-986-0757 (Metro Trip Planner – opens in new window) [Washingtonian | WaPo | City Paper | food-plan | openlist | Yelp | Gayot]

Update October 2007: CLOSED

For my tastes, Brazil is one of the two or three best food countries in the world, so comparisons are tough. But this is good enough to enjoy. Get the feijoada, a stewed mix of black beans, meats, sausage, collard greens, and the powdery farina. Make sure you add in the orange slices. A treat. Some of the other dishes are mediocre. This place stands or dies on its Feijoada. It stands.

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2 Responses to The Grill from Ipanema – CLOSED

  1. Dan says:

    Brazil one of the top three food countries in the world, you must be kidding. Really, you must be kidding.
    Even with the disclaimer that it is your personal preference, I can only think that you have not tried in depth other cuisines. Just in Latam, the top two cuisines in variety and complexity of dishes are Peruvian and Mexican. You could fill five books of recipes for each whereas for brazilian cuisine you would have trouble filling up one.
    Outside Latam, what about Moroccan cuisine, French, Italian, Chinese, Greek, Spanish, Thai? In any of those the variety and complexity of the dishes clearly outdo the limited offer of Brazilian dishes.

  2. Sabina says:

    The Grill is open again. I haven’t tried many of their dishes, just a few happy hour appetizers. The mandioca fritas come with a yummy, somewhat spicy dip that seems like a mix of German mustard and something I haven’t yet identified. I also tried beef kabobs that come with a Brazilian version of Togolese “gari” (grated, roasted cassava/manioc) that you are supposed to roll the meat in before eating. Rather ruins the meat. (Only thing you should mix gari with is beans and red palm oil, in my opinion.)
    Anyway, the caipirihnas are delicious and only $4 during happy hour.

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