The first Mangai opened in the city of João Pessoa, in the Northeast of Brazil, and now there are two, one in Natal and another here in Brasilia, overlooking Lake Paranoá and JK Bridge, a little off the monumental area (the norm in Brasilia, the best way is by car, but there are also buses). In a city that does not have traditional food, as it was created from nothing not long ago, and what's better than to try food from other parts of Brazil? Actually there's a little of everything, with many Brazilian dishes on the buffet (the price is by weight).
It is a very typical way of eating in Brazil, but good quality. Everything was delicious! If you want to be authentically Brazilian, you have to mix everything! The desserts were also very good. The place is folklore style (the waiters are in costume and you can take pictures), but it is not at all touristy. In fact, we went with a friend from Brasilia, and we were all Brazilian. We recommend it, and if you want to complete the experience, you can "dress up" as Lampião and Maria Bonita.
I'm not much of a meat eater - I prefer fish - but this place is really excellent. The meat is cooked to order in a large kitchen just metres from your table. For lunch or dinner, you have a little "chip" which you can show, red or green. Green indicates that you want more food, red that you're ready for service to stop. The meat is cut directly at your table in a smooth, professional manner. The staff are really attentive and polite, and there's a wide selection of buffet starters in the centre of the room. A full meal is expensive (60 - 70 euros a head), but it's definitely worth visiting if you're in Brasilia.
Brasilia doesn't have traditional food, since it's a new city, but many residents are from other parts, with plenty from Minas Gerais. The kitchen of this state, "cozinha mineira" is one of the most famous in the country, and rightly so. We tried it here in Minas, and had the great pleasure of retrying thanks to a friend who suggested the site Brasilia. It's in the Shopping center, about 20 minutes walk from the "Shopping" metro stop. We loved it. The kitchen is in full view, and there's a wood burning stove like those of the houses in Minas Gerais. The food is simmering in clay pots. This is the typical dish of the mining kitchen, like tropeiro feijão (stew of beans with cassava flour, different parts of pork, eggs, garlic, and onion), bifa na chapa (grilled steak), or frango com ora-pró -nóbis, or com quiabo (stewed chicken with different herbs). Nothing too light but, yes, all yummy! Like most restaurants in Brazil, it's a buffet, and is paid by weight. The ladies serving (true miners from the accent, according to our friend) are very friendly!
In a sophisticated, and at the same time rustic and contemporary environment, you'll find this place that the manager has put his stamp on. Our dinner was very special and really nice, the chef came to our table, while we wondered what to choose, and gave us really special attention, and this is what makes all the difference in good local service. Dinner and dessert were great, and I could not have been happier! In addition to food, Oliver has a bartender making drinks in front of customers and, according to the taste of each, without missing one! It has a wide range of options, recommended !!!!!
This restaurant serves the best local food in the area of Minas Gerais. The food is all served in iron pots, with a buffet of over 50 different dishes - traditional beans, jerk chicken, corn, and more. Nothing is missing, and the desserts are just as delicious. It costs about 45 reais to eat here.