The best way to familiarize oneself with a different country's culture is to spend 10 to 15 years in one of its maximum security prisons, but the second best way is to taste its cuisine. Learn about Portugal and Brazil with today's Groupon to Pipa Restaurant on Argyle Street. Choose between the following options:
- For $10, you get $20 worth of lunch and brunch.
- For $20, you get $40 worth of dinner.
Named one of Where magazine's Best New Restaurants 2009 and winner of the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia's Best Design & Décor award in 2010, Pipa Restaurant sates desires for elegant and exotic flavours while quenching the eye's thirst for beauty.
Edify lunching stomachs with Brazil's national dish, the feijoada, featuring a succulent slow-cooked stew of meats and black beans eaten by aspiring soccer stars everywhere ($15), or keep edibles handheld with the Portuguese take on a pork sandwich ($7.95). This option can also be used for Pipa Restaurant’s new weekend brunch from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays.
Dinner diners can bask in the freshest of the sea without sharpening their harpoon collection with a salt-cod bacalhau à brás, wherein cod, eggs, olives, and onion line dance on a sauté pan before resting on a plate ($16). Eaters who fear their barely concealed shark-like tendencies can nosh on landlubbing meats, such as the 10-ounce strip loin, rubbed with coffee and cayenne and served with cassava fries and vegetables ($24). While tickling tonsils with a smattering of sophisticated flavours, bathe tongues in purifying sips from an extensive wine list, including Brazilian cocktails and Portuguese sangria ($6).
Pipa Restaurant displays the full vibrancy of its roots upon welcoming guests into its interior. Exposed stone and hardwood floors set a tasteful scene, and candlelit dining and delicate earthenware offer a sense of both romance and time travel. Live music sets the mood two nights a week, with Thursday nights hosting the sultry sounds of a live Latin jazz trio.
- Pipa is a refreshing hit of something different on the downtown dining scene. – Trevor J. Adams, Halifax magazine
- I've eaten at Pipa four times now and the service has always been efficient, friendly and very knowledgeable. The food is AMAZINGly delicious, cooked perfectly, wonderful flavours and the wine list is also very nice. – trueAMenitY, The Coast
Pipa Restaurant + Bar
Victoria and Luis Gaspar sought to introduce Atlantic Canada to new types of world cuisine by filling the menu at Pipa Restaurant + Bar with iconic Brazilian and Portuguese dishes. This distinctiveness helped earn it a spot on Where magazine's 2009 list of Canada's best new restaurants, as well as praise from Halifax Magazine, which has lauded the restaurant for being "something different on the downtown dining scene."
The menu items' names may seem unfamiliar at first, but the flavours evoke a certain homey quality. The mains include hearty Brazilian stews such as feijoada, a blend of smoked meats and black beans that bears the honor of being Brazil's national dish. Appetizers incorporate Portuguese staples such as chouriço sausage and salt cod. The wine list complements these robust flavors with its selection of Portuguese wines, including crisp vinho verdes and bold reds from the Douro region's subterranean reservoirs of grape juice.
Located within the historic Carleton building, which dates as far back as 1759, the restaurant combines modern and Old-World ambience, garnering the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia's award for Best Design & Decor in 2010. Fireplaces and floorboards from reclaimed timber add a rustic vibe to the two dining rooms, but the atrium gets a bright, airy feel from its glass pyramid ceiling. Throughout the week, Pipa Restaurant + Bar hosts live Latin jazz or bossa nova bands, and salsa-dancing events help attendees pick up the dance's basic steps and competition-level hair tosses.
1685 Argyle St.
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3J 2B5Get Directions