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Traditional Portugese

Traditional Portuguese Decoration

Recently, my aunt and I stopped by one of my favourite spots in Halifax for a late brunch. Brunch is probably my favourite meal because you’re not really restricted by any convention: you can basically eat whatever suits your mood (plus there are fun, socially acceptable cocktails). We went to Pipa, which is a Portuguese/Brazilian restaurant with a very cozy romantic vibe. I’ve been here for steak before, and it was phenomenal, from its cozy tealights and quaint decorative touches, to its mouthwatering food.

Pipa's dining room and salsa ballroom.

Pipa’s dining room and salsa ballroom.

They specialize in authentic meals from Portugal and Brazil but also have some exciting fusion dishes. We started with cassava fries, made from the cassava plant which is a root vegetable a cross between maize and potato: you really have to try it.  I had the madeira lamb and fig poutine (A+) which had a generous helping of incredibly tender lamb in a rich fig sauce over potato rounds and melted mozzarella. Like the meal of brunch itself, this dish broke all the rules. I also enjoyed a sweet, but not too sweet peach Bellini, while my aunt had the haddock stew with a Caesar.

Madiera Lamb and Fig Poutine

Madiera Lamb and Fig Poutine

Cassava fries are totally unique.

Cassava fries are totally unique.

Peach bellini

Peach bellini

Haddock Stew

Haddock Stew

Just as we were leaving my aunt went to the bathroom and discovered a large and stunning art-deco style Salsa Ballroom (they call it the Atrium) tucked away in the back. Now I have a perfect excuse to go back: tapas and dancing. Yes please!

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