I haven’t heard of or been to many Brazilian restaurants in Washington, D.C. Many people go to Fogo de Chao to feast on endless plates of Brazilian steak, and while there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that; that’s not all Brazil is known for. To experience even more of the country, there’s a piece of Brazil that’s been in Adams Morgan for 20 years.
The Grill from Ipanema is the “only authentic Brazilian restaurant in town,” and focuses on showcasing the different regions of Brazil through its cuisine.
Ten DC Culture Explorers joined me at the restaurant to sample some of their appetizers, Brazilian style tapas, and drinks. I had had caipirinhas there before and was looking forward to trying the food and learning from the culture behind it.
Our waiter graciously explained each dish’s origin. Like how coxinha de galinha croquettes are really good street food…
The caldeirada is usually shared…
Or how the codfish was influenced by the Portuguese in Brazil.
He explained that Brazilian food is a melting pot of cuisines from all across the world.
The restaurant really emphasizes Brazilian cuisine’s strong roots in the indigenous people, like immigrants from Africa, Europe, Asia, and elsewhere.
The Southern part of the country has a heavy Italian influence, and the peixe capixaba fish was introduced by African migrants. The Grill from Ipanema’s Chef lived in the Amazon, so came up with dishes based on his time there. A whole mix of different cultures!
Our waiter also told us about capoeira, an Afro-Brazilian martial art that’s done for both sport and show. They sometimes have a showing of it across the street. Maybe that can be our next outing?
I’m intrigued to learn so much more about Brazil now! And if you want to join one of our events, signup here: