This place serves one of the best typical brazilian food in town.
Its speciality are the dishes from Minas Gerais state (that's why the name: "Minas Seasonings", in English).
On weekends tends to be crowded, but it is worth a try anyway.
This restaurant began as a small room serving the best pizza in town, so you can imagine how crowded it was.
In its old times, guest could append their own suggestions or recipes on the menu freely...
After some time they moved to another place, offering more space and still the most delicious pizza ever.
Favorite Dish: Definetely order the pizza called "Grilo Falante".
VT member lbiscaia took my friend and I to Beto Batata, I think the one in the Alta da XV neighborhood (there is one in Agua Verde neighborhood, too.) The evening that we went, there were musicians playing tango and other Latin music (piano and bandaneon.) There was also a fantastic photo exhibit that graced the walls of the restaurant. It had good atmosphere, good music and food. And...Luciana (VT member "lbiscaia") was the perfect host!
Favorite Dish: The specialty at Beto Batata are...how shall I describe...large potato tortillas (looks like a big hash brown potato patty) filled with various items of your choosing (e.g., vegetables, meat, cheeses, etc.) These batatas are big enough for 2-4 people, so we shared one.
This is my favourite place to order salads.
They are served in huge bowls and they are very tasty...
This place is also very traditional in the city by its hotdogs, which are sold either in the shop or by the street vendors right in front of the store (on the sidewalk).
Favorite Dish: Hotdog and salads!
Santa Felicidade is the neighborhood with the most "Italian Flavor" in Curitiba. Many restaurants, shops, etc. Some day tour companies offer evening trips to Santa Felicidade for an "Italian gastronomic odyssey..." Had dinner at one restaurant on New Year's Eve...called "La Famiglia" something or other, along the main strip. Great pasta, nice ambience, very popular restaurant...and very affordable!
This picture is of a winery/chocolate shop, taken on New Year's Eve. Santa Felicidade was recommended as the place to go to ring in the New Year in Curitiba. All the Italian restaurants are packed, and fireworks light up the sky at midnight, with all the restaurant-goers pouring out onto the main street to watch the awesome display in the sky.
Despite of its Italian name, this restaurant is citywide famous by its Wednesday "Feijoada", this typical Brazilian dish (rice, black beans, sausages, dryed meat, sided by borecole, orange slices and sauce... if you're curious, google that!) and also by its display of typical "salgadinhos", snacks very popular in Brazil.
During normal weekdays it is always visited by employees of the nearby companies, but the best day without any doubt is the famous Wednesday.
A nice atmosphere makes us remind of home and the staff makes it even real.
Opens from 9h to 19h30 (Mondays to Fridays); and from 10h to 18h (Saturdays).
Favorite Dish: "Feijoada" of course....
This restaurant is located in one calm neighborhood called Agua Verde. Its is not a big place, but very typical and its dishes are definitely very good, since you can find japanese almost every evening eating there.
If you like real good japanese sushis, sashimis, yakisobas, etc... you have to try it.
In Estacao Shopping Centre, in the Centre of the city, you find Bombordo restaurant. Beside being pride on its seafood menu, it's the decoration that makes this restaurant very special. Interior is nautical and reminds on boat. The place is almost a sanctuary for sea lovers. It also has an aquarium with corals, sea horses, fishes, starfishes and anemones, which is a big attraction.
They specialize on seafood. For the starter they offer seafood soup, shrimp and crab balls, oysters (natural on the shell, steamed or roasted), squid (in vinegar sauce or grilled) and shrimps (stuffed, optional with parmesan cheese, cooked in tomato sauce or steamed). For the main dish you can get various fish (grilled or cooked; with creamy shrimp, caper or passion fruit sauce), fish moqueca, shrimps (cooked with cream or 4 cheese sauce) and even some meat and pasta dishes.
An excellent self-service 'a kilo' buffet with some 22 cold and 15 warm dishes and desserts is offered from Monday to Friday at lunch time, and a la carte daily.
Favorite Dish: A farewell dinner, time to say goodbye to my very dear friends and wonderful hosts, Luiz and Gleyci, so I wanted to be something special. After a long consideration we finally decided for grilled salmon with passion fruit sauce. It was indeed a good choice, an interesting combination of fish with sweet passion fruit sauce... really delicious! We rinsed down the food with some excellent red wine from the area. Cheers!!! :))
This great place right in the heart of the city reminds us of an old german tavern... it is the meeting point of lots of people after work or even when there's nothing more to do late at night...
Great beer and "Submarines" (beer with a tiny Steinhaeger mug "submerged" in it) and, of course, german dishes and sausages.
Curious thing: there you can "honestly" steal the tiny Steinhaeger mug and begin a collection of them...
Habib's is a fast-food chain, supposedly with 200 locations throughout Brasil and Mexico combined. It's the equivalent almost of a Burger King or Del Taco (but slightly better food!)
After passing by Habib's several times while riding a bus or in a car, I finally had an opportunity to eat there...for a friend's daughter's bday party! It was a festive atmosphere, perfect for the kids at the party, with a "play area."
Favorite Dish: The "party" fare being served was kibbe (a traditional Middle Eastern food--seasoned ground beef filling within a cracked wheat dough that is fried); Brasilian pasteles; pizza (the "International" food choice found everywhere 'round the globe); and of course, one can't truly be a fast-food restaurant without the requisite french fries!
It was just interesting to go there. While I think the food selections would be popular enough to make the chain successful in the U.S., I don't know if the "Habib's" icons would fly in oh-so-politically-correct U.S. places...it reminded me of Sambo's restaurants (remember those? with the tiger-pancakes and Sambo?)
It was just fun to check out...and cheap too, for those looking for a quick, fast-food fix.
Parana is one of the most important agricultural states in Brazil of which Curitiba is the capital and this results in a couple of excellent vegetarian restaurants in the city. Since in Brazil I eat sea food almost every day (oh, no, I'm not complaining about it at all!!) I suggested Luiz that we should try one of the vegetarian restaurants.
It was my first day in Curitiba and after the morning sightseeing we needed a short break. We met Gleyci in a restaurant Green Land and had lunch together. The place is centrally located. It has self-service buffet; you choose the dishes and can taste many different things. The price is 10 RS and you can take as much as you want.
Favorite Dish: A wide choice of vegetarian dishes is offered, from starters, soups, rice dishes, pasta dishes, grilled vegetables (aubergine, courgette, pumpkin, pepper, ochre), beans and tofu. They also have various desserts and juices (all the mixtures of two different fruits), also included in the price.
Everything that we tried was tasty & healthy!
When the topic is Italian food, Santa Felicidade is the best suburb (outside Italy) to go in order to taste genuine pasta. Lots of restaurants lined up on a single avenue, it's hard to choose which one to go. Start with Madalozzo, then Old Madalozzo, Don Antonio, Peixe Frito, etc...
There's a good winery between the restaurants!
Favorite Dish: For starters, Madalozzo's salad. The have a unique wine dressing that makes their lettuce salad irresistable!
Coming from Los Angeles, California, I was craving good Asian food during my visit to Curitiba. There is a large Japanese population in Brazil in general, and Chinese, too. There is also a growing Korean population.
In Curitiba, most food choices were Italian, German, Brasilian and Japanese. By the end of the first week there, I was really craving good Korean, Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese food.
While I did not find Thai or Vietnamese food, I was given a recommendation to Yu's Cozinha, in the Centro District, off Praca Osorio. (Thanks to Lillian Kim at ICI!) It was very popular with downtown workers. The decor is modern, and there is a ground level and loft level seating areas (because of its popularity!)
When you enter, you will be handed a ticket. Proceed to the buffet line; the menu items are written daily on the chalkboard. If there is an item (or particular type of sushi) that you do not see, just ask the chefs--they are good-natured and may make it for you.
After piling your plate high with delicious food, proceed to the scale; there, the staff will weigh your food (give them your ticket so they can note your number), and ask if you want (complimentary) miso/mushroom soup.
A waiter will approach you after you sit down, and take your beverage order (show him your ticket, too.) After you are finished eating, visit the host at the cash register, pay, and they will give you a receipt and your ticket back. Give your ticket to the door person on your way out. (Sounds complicated, but it isn't--and the staff is very helpful if you have a "lost" expression on your face like I did!)
I also heard that Asian groceries are in abundance at the public market, close to the bus station area. Finally, my friends and I did also find a good Indian restaurant (the only one in Curitiba.) When I recall the name, I will post it here--the food was very good.
Favorite Dish: Yu's Cozinha is a por-kilo, buffet-style restaurant, with primarily Japanese, Chinese and Korean food. Sushi, noodles, vegetables, soup and lots of entrees are found here. My favorites were the Korean pancakes, sushi, vegetables and pickles, and both the Japanese (yakisoba) and Korean (japchae) noodles.
The price is very reasonable, as you only pay for what you get; it is measure by the kilo. I spent an average of $6-$9 USD when I would go, which included a beverage and soup.
Highly recommend! Click on below to check out their website--you'll see that the restaurant is a wonderful setting and the food looks (and tastes) delicious!
p.s. I think it is only open during lunch hours (11:00am - 3:00pm.)
For vegetarians/vegans/health food lovers or those who just want a break from meat, have lunch at Green Life, a vegetarian restaurant. Located in the Centro area, Green Life offers a buffet lunch daily, including Sat. and Sun, from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Green Life also features a mini-health food and health products store, where you can stock up on grains, snacks, some fresh produce, herbal soaps and lotions, etc.
Favorite Dish: The lunch buffet offers a wonderful variety of salads, vegetables and hot entrees, including vegetarian feijoada, stroganoff, and other offerings. I enjoyed just getting blocks of tofu on spinach and greens, and drizzling a ginger-soy glaze on the top. Fresh suco (juice) is available as is soy milk.
Originally established in Sao Paulo, this is a very good option if you like italian cuisine in its originals, but with a special touch.
Its atmosphere is in my opinion its best attraction.
If you are in Curitiba, don't miss it.