FIGUERIA RUBAIYAT – Sao Paulo, Brazil
So, I’m sure you want to know – how’s the food in Brazil??? The answer: AMAZING!
Fruits and vegetables are incorporated into every meal, so already you’re good on a healthy options! Heart of palm, eggplant, tomatoes, cheeses, zucchini and chorizo help shape the standard appetizers and salads!
The other night, the executives of the Miss Universe Organization, President Paula Shugart, CFO Larry Parra, and in-house counselor Andrea Berner, treated a few of us preliminary judges to dinner in the Jardins neighborhood of Sao Paulo. Streets lined with Aston Martin and Mercedes dealerships, Timberland, Dior and Armani stores made it clear why this district was referred to as the “Beverly Hills of Sao Paulo.”
Around 9pm, standard dinner time in Brazil, we arrived at Figueria Rubaiyat, a restaurant known for its fabulous service, pricey and decadent cuisine and stellar ambiance. Upon entering Figueria, you immediately spot the 150 year old female tree that entire restaurant is centered around. The trunk of the tree is situated in the middle of the dining area and its long thick branches are intertwined throughout windows, the ceiling and doorways!
We started with the Brazilian drink Caipirinha (by the way, which were so strong, after one, I was as tipsy as a 21 year old come midnight on his birthday), and sipped a delicious red wine throughout (pic below)! It was the perfect choice to go with my dinner as it was bold and rich but not too fruity. I had the Rubaiyat Salad that was made with lettuce, heart of palm, carrots, mozzarella and tomatoes.
The Argentinian Steak came in two sizes… I ordered the medium because my server Joaldo told me the small one was petite… What he should have said was the medium was big! But I ate it all… Tender, thick, juicy and scrumptious are the only words I can use to describe it! The potato was one of the best ever and it was only dressed with sour cream and bacon bits (they claimed they were fresh bacon bits, but they looked and tasted like BACOS to me!) Sidenote – remember Baco’s??? LOL… The potato was served with a spoon and I found that to be such an easy and ingenious way to eat a baked potato!
The dessert was served buffet style, but I opted not to indulge! I was stuffed from the breads, cheeses and everything else in between courses!
Below is a shot of Paula and me, standing in front of the tree!
This was my first fine-dining experience in Brazil that I shall never forget… If you have the opportunity to visit Figueria, GO! If you’re not impressed by the food, at least go to see the majestic tree! It’s truly a sight to behold!