Most restaurants will have at least a couple of these local foods, but some (like surubi) are not always available. Particularly if you are not near a river where they catch them. Paraguayan food is not known for being overly complicated with flavors, so if you don't like spicy foods then don't worry, you can eat everything in Paraguay.
Favorite Dish: 1-Chipa, round corn bread with cheese. There are two types, one with fresh corn and one with cornmeal. I prefer the fresh corn style, quite delicious. (see second photo)
2-Cipa so,o or chipa with meat.
4-Surubi is enormous river cat fish, served on your plate like a steak. For some reason, Paraguayans often put cheese on top of fish. (see first photo)
5-Asado, or grilled meat is a must. Be warned that Paraguayan cattle are often four years old when sent to slaughter, so it is tougher and gamier than Argentine steaks, yet similar to Brazilian.
6-Mandio or mandioca/yucca is a replacement for bread throughout the country outside of Asuncion.
7-Bori bori is ground corn meal balls in chicken soup.
8-Komanda or beans is normally red or black beans. Not to be confused with feijao.
Located close to the shopping area of Villa Morra, Paulista Grill is heaven for those who like BBQ and hell for those with high cholesterol. Compared to North America or Europe, meat is comparatively very cheap. The very best meat cuts can be bought at the local market for little more than $1 per pound or 2 Euros per kilo. And quality is, truly, superior to ours. This churrasquería has been staying on this location for years with identical success. It is part of a brazillian chain. The offer ample premises and private rooms.
Favorite Dish: The buffet has different kinds of salads, rice, grains, pasta and cold cuts of meats. Do not exagerate here!! You need space in your belly for the meat
My favorite local meat cuts are
Tapa (de cuadril)
Picaña (with and without garlic)
A classic in the local scene. Famous and famous -to-be gather at Chef Rodolfo Angenscheidt's place. He is a parisian trained chef (Maxim's) and he is a local TV personality due to his cooking program "Cocinando la mañana" (literally, cooking the morning)
Favorite Dish: The menu changes from time to time but try any of the Surubi (a local river fish) dishes. The Salmon is also incredibly fresh. For those who prefer meat try the Marsala Scallopini stuffed in creamed spinach
There are many italian restaurants in Asuncion. I just love this one. Relaxed atmosphere, good service and a good dose of romanticism.This small eatery has whitewashed walls and wooden beams. The wine is reasonably priced and feature italian, argentinean and chilean wines mostly.
Favorite Dish: SCALOPE DI MAIALE ROSSO
Pork Scallopini in Red Wine Sauce
The scallopini are also stuffed with ham and cheese
Ice Cream stuffed Crepes with an Amaretto-Chocolate sauce, covered in nuts
Do I need to explain this....? MMMM!!!
Sol Azteca invites you to experience the Mexico you have always dreamed about outside that country. It combines real Mexican atmosphere with culinary secrets. You'll find what you are looking for: Outstanding presentation, quality of the dishes, their tasteful and original decors and a personalized attention; just as in Mexico.
Definitely, you'll enjoy exquisite recipes and beverages at their elegant terrace. As the restaurant says: "Sol Azteca is the perfect end to a perfect day", I fully agree with that.
Favorite Dish: I've tried several dishes and I've to admit that it is quite difficult to just mention one of them. You have to try the following ones: Alambre mexicano, Cochinita Pibil, Camarones al ajillo, Tacos, Fajitas, Molcajete Mar y Tierra and Surubi a la Veracruzana and don't miss the real Margaritas and other beverages; just as in Mexico!
as in the many South American Countries, Mate is a substancial and essential Beverage as well as a healthy brew.
good for the intestins, cleansing of and antioxidant, a natural diaretic, anti-fatique and anti-stress, has also some vitamins and minerals and is purifying!
but also surpresses hunger, and where food is sometimes sparce, the substitute Mate does a good job
after I got used to the ligthly bitter taste, I realy looked forward of sitting around with friend and let the Cuja (gourd ) make the round, a hot drink in South America in general, in Paraguay though....everybody drinks it cold.
maybe a good idea after all, in the hot and humid Paraguay one needs a cooling down.
Chipa Bread is going down well with a cold Terere, as Mate is called in Paraguay...the Cuja shown here is from southern Brasil, in P. the Cuja's are much smaller, often wraped in fine silver work, keeps the Terere coolisher
have a look at the website below, there is an example of the 'spanish' cuja
can be bought everywhere, best chipa ( cheepa) from the Streetvendors.
just today I got a reminder from a Forum question, whats the food like in Paraguay, and that jogged my memory.
I googled a bit and found this webpage for paraguayan recipes
Favorite Dish: chiperias are made from starch, paraguayan cheese (colonial cheese, has quite a strong taste when eaten pure), milk and corn.
chiperias are especially on the menue in the weeks leading up to Christmas...la semana santa
A wonderful property surrounded by gardens, ideal frame for a genuine Mexican cuisine. Start with quesadillas, tacos al pastor, fried cheese continue with popocatopelt, malcajete cielo mar y tierra (shrimps, chicken, lomito meat and onions) and the typical enchiladas with mole poblano. Crepes with "dulce de leche" is a good end to a memorable meal. Executive menu available at lunch time.
About 15 miles west of Asuncion, on the road to Iguazu Falls, is this little roadside hotel and restaurant. Like many others in all Paraguay, it is owned by german inmigrants and they combine local products with german specialties. The restaurant has a very complete buffet.
For those returning from a short trip to Caapupe or San Bernardino, this place is a very convenients restop.
Favorite Dish: Pork legs with sauerkraut, White sausages, Pasta...
Inside a 19th-century house and operated by the same family since 1960. For years Bolsi and Lido Bar compited for lunchtime clients. Then, one day, Bolsi became a bit more chic and it divesified with Fast-Food mini-Bolsi's at a few shopping malls. Now Lido Bar (See tip) is kind of more popular and traditional and Bolsi more modern. Chef Valiente loves mediterranean cuisine and adapts them with local ingredients. Try surubi, a local river fish.
Favorite Dish: Surubi recipies
Any kind of meats are always a safe and great bet in Paraguay
Lido Bar is located just across "Panteon de los Heroes". From the sidewalk cafe you can watch the two fully gala dressed, pike armed soldiers (helmet included) who guard the entrance. This spot is very popular with locals from nearby offices and banks. It's almost imposible to get one of the outside tables or a stool at the bar at noon!!. Better to wait until 1.30 or 2.00 PM. I don't think there's tables inside but other than that the best description I can get is a classical downtown diner.
Favorite Dish: - Caldo de Pescado (Local Fish Soup)
- Lomito a Caballo (Steak with two eggs on top)
- Arroz con Leche (Rice pudding)
Erva Mate Tea..from the Ilex Paraguariensis..Tree.
in Brasil, Argentina and Uruguay, Mate is taken as a hot drink.....in Paraguay nonetheless is taken cold, and called Terere
Mate tea has been consumed for many centuries in South America.
A cure for skin disease, helps detoxify the body,great against fatique and supresses the appetite,handy when no food around!
like the Coca leafs in Bolivia - Peru and Ecuador
If you are looking for either the best burger you have ever had, or the tastiest pizza outside of Italy, Pancholo's is the place to find it! A fast-food style restaurant, it has the same feel as an American burger joint. The food is cheap, cheap, cheap, and unbelievably tasty! I would walk past Pancholo's on my way to and from work every day, and it was an effort not to stop in for an ice cream cone (soft serve, vanilla or caramel).
Favorite Dish: A chicken sandwich called "Lomito de Pollo". Lomito bascially means scallopini (a thin cut of meat), and they offer them in beer, fish, or chicken. The chicken was easily the best. It comes on a nice bun (which is hard to find in Paraguay!!!), with lettuce, tomato and cheese. So yummy!!!
Rodizio is a great place for hungry travellers!!! It is a buffet style restaurant that charges by the kilo. It has cold food (salads, fruits, etc.), as well as hot (pastas, meat dishes, etc). The best part is they also have "asado", which is a rotisserie that has beef and chicken available in many different cuts. This is some of the best meat I have ever tasted!!!!
Favorite Dish: I was never disappointed at Rodizio. I always left full, and never paid over CDN$7. (The average price was G20,000).
The Il Capo restaurant is an Italian restaurant in Asuncion.
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