FIGUERIA RUBAIYAT – Sao Paulo, Brazil | Burgers and Bourbon with BJ Coleman


Figueria Appetizers










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 best red wine I've ever had!



















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!

Steak & 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! :)











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18 comments to “FIGUERIA RUBAIYAT – Sao Paulo, Brazil”

  • Krystal, September 8, 2011 at 11:00 am
    The steak and potatoes looks amazing!!
  • Cora, September 8, 2011 at 11:42 am
    Every dish looks absolutely wonderful!! Out of this world.Especially the steak and baked potato "yumm"
  • Madi, September 8, 2011 at 4:39 pm
    THAT Appetizer is just to die for! ugh looks so good
  • Maxine Marcus, September 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    I love how you give us the entire story involving ur meal! It just makes us readers more hungry to hear the great descriptions and the see these amazing pics to go along! LOVE IT
    • Paula Roma, September 8, 2011 at 4:41 pm
      lol I noticed that too! Love it BJ
  • Ron D., September 8, 2011 at 4:40 pm
    u are a healthy eater- looks good
  • The Klumps, September 8, 2011 at 4:50 pm
    You look stunning in this picture doll! Always so nicely put together your mother must be proud! I love the blog, love the pics, most of all I love this salad- so colorful
  • The Klumps, September 8, 2011 at 4:51 pm
    Where is a pic of the ambiance? AKA hat tree?
  • bjcoleman, September 9, 2011 at 10:22 am
    @The Klumps, the tree is behind the shot of Paula and me... Thanks to everyone for your comments and feedback! :)
  • Kidney Hopes, September 9, 2011 at 1:38 pm
    Your friends @ Kidney Hopes LOVES this meal! Salad looks superb- where is the recipe?! Thank u BJ keep it coming
  • MELISASource, September 9, 2011 at 3:00 pm
    All of the dishes look so wonderful--thank you so much for sharing your experiences from Brazil with us!
  • jdahl, September 12, 2011 at 2:48 pm
    WOW! what a dish, the argentenian steak looks so appetizing and yes wine you've ever had huh? can we puchase here in the u.s.? i would love to get a bottle....btw, was the language spoken there portuguese? if so, how did you make out with that
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