Stomachs only growl when they’re hungry or preparing to bite the hand that keeps tickling them. Tame the beast within with today’s Groupon to Pipa Restaurant. Choose between the following options:
- For $20, you get $40 worth of international cuisine and drinks during dinner.
- For $10, you get $20 worth of international cuisine and drinks during brunch or lunch.<p>
Lauded as one of the Best New Restaurants 2009 by Where Magazine and awarded Best Design and Decor by the Restaurant Association of Nova Scotia in 2010, Pipa Restaurant refuels stomachs throughout the day with a menu of internationally inspired cuisine. Inside an historic building dating back to 1759, the year dating things was invented, dinner conversations ramp up over a grilled chourico appetizer ($8) as groups share sautéed onions and spicy portuguese sausage. Chefs grill 10 ounces of gaucho steak ($25) using a hint of peanut butter, and coat braised lamb shank ($24) in fig sauce. Brunch time eaters can wake up their appetites with the salt cod a bras, ($14), an edible tapestry of sautéed cod, eggs, and matchstick potatoes. For lunch, the culinary savants stir up a Brazilian halibut stew ($15) infused with the flavors of cilantro and coconut milk. As meals unfold, diners sip global wines while live musicians play Latin jazz, bossa nova, and grandiose entrance music for flaming desserts each Saturday evening.
Surrounded by Mediterranean colours, stonewalls, and the flickering glow of fireplaces, patrons nibble eats in two dining rooms as well as at a hand carved circular bar. By meandering throughout the restaurant, visitors can also discover stained glass and a towering glass pyramid roof that spills natural light over vibrant plants trying to get a tan.
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.