It was around 8:30pm when we were getting closer to Rio. Our friend asked us if we had plans for later. Mmm, no plans. It was late to make phone calls and the emails can wait another couple of hours. So, he suggested us to go to his favorite place at the Lagoa Rodrigo de Freitas near Ipanema. Blair was hesitating a bit, but I encouraged him, hehehe. What a good influence, hahaha.
My friend said something about having dinner, but this place was not a restaurant. It was more a lounge and bar. So he didn’t lie. We would try something Brazilian, but not exactly food, hahaha. The place’s name is Palaphita and its slogan says: it’s a mystical experience.
And they don’t lie. As soon as we arrived, I realized why this place is his favorite. It’s really great, the atmosphere, the view, the location, everything. Well a review about the place is coming. Before taking a sit, I was wondering where the restrooms were and even they are so funny. This place is the whole package.
ARROMBADO: camembert cheese with pacovão banana chips and home made chutney
Well, it couldn’t be different. We ordered a caipirinha for starting the night. It was good, but I have to confess I liked the one in Macae better. Maybe because it was my 1st in Brazil. We ordered some appetizers, because it’s never a good idea drinking with an empty stomach. Our friend and guide for Brazilian nights asked for beer for the 3 Musketeers and something special for him. When the waiter arrived, he was holding a shot glass with Cachaça ;) the Brazil's traditional liquor.
Like rum it’s made from sugarcane, but tastes different. As soon as Blair saw it, he wanted one for him too. So, we called the waiter again and when he was leaving Blair ordered 2. I was thinking, wow! He really wants to drink. But the 2nd one was for me, oh! Suddenly some flash backs about an awful hangover after shots of tequila came back to me. At the beginning I didn’t want to drink it, but my 2 partners convinced me to do it.
why is everything blurry???
We were just hanging out, enjoying a beautiful night, drinking our Cachaça (at least each of us had 4 - well, these are the only I counted), beer and eating different kind of Brazilian food. I just remember the name of one: PAI D´ÉGUA which is a typical northern cheese with fresh basil, burned whith cachaça. The big plate we had contained meat, Pacovão banana chips, Home made chutney from pineapple and açaí (a local fruit). We had a blast there, just making fun of everything and talking about how great is Rio and the cariocas!
Around 2am we left and my friend drove us to the hotel.
Was the night over? No, no, no. We stopped in the bar next door of the hotel. So Blair could smoke before going inside. But he also ordered 3 beers, the last I thought. I was wrong. He left, but not without being sure, the both of us had another beer coming. Wow! While we were having our last beer, I wrote a Peruvian's recipe in a napkin for my friend. Same as me, he loves to cook and promised me he would have a Peruvian night at his house, hahaha.
the last beer - ufff
I haven’t drunk that much during the whole trip. Not even during the weekend. The only thing I was worrying about is that I had a meeting the next day in the morning... Finally I went to bed around 3am and had a meeting just a few hours later.
No worries, I would do it. Hey! Rio is Rio ;)
Rio de Janeiro Nightlife & Entertainment review
Palaphita - A piece of the Amazon in Rio
I didn't know how to qualify this place. Is it a restaurant, a bar or a mix of both? Well, for me this is more a place to hang out and enjoy drinks an… read entire review