First of all, if you are reading this review either you are planning to visit João Pessoa or you are already there - which is a great destination choice. JP is one of the most underrated cities in the northeast of Brazil, even for Brazilians who prefer Salvador, Recife, Fortaleza, etc. It's the city that was not 'discovered' yet - full of attractions, unspoiled beaches and welcoming people.
The restaurant is located two blocs from the beach of Manaíra and it has a big parking lot. It is a typical northeastern restaurant which serves food by the weight (by kilo). It has a huge buffet with lots of typical dishes.
A piece of advice, forget your bilingual dictionary to try to understand the food's name, you won't find them out. Just taste the dishes and try to figure out. For example, What about "Sovaco de Cobra" for lunch today? In a free translation "Snake's armpit". Calm down, there's no snake involved in this dish, It is made of minced "carne de sol" (translated as 'sun-dried-meat', which is sort of salted meat), corn and onions. Besides carne de sol, two more recurrent ingredients in their menu, queijo coalho (sort of a lightweight white cheese) and macaxeira (cassava).
Wash this food down with the exotic juices from very different fruits of the region.
Do not leave the restaurant without tasting their delectable desserts. My suggestion is Coco Zoião (Coconut Goggle): cocada (which is a coconut candy made of eggs and shredded coconut) with ice-cream served in coconut husk. You can have some "cocada" to take home, There's also a take away service there.
Final note: the pace of the city is very slow and so is the service, if you are in hurry the answer is twofold: either you're not on holiday or you're not in the right city. That's the place to slow down and relax.
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