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Art and Food Pairing™: Kadist and Carajás - Part 2

Thursday, July 7th, 2022

Art and Food Pairing™: Kadist and Carajás - Part 2

Cover image: Figure on bar at Restaurant Carajás
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Prior to attending the opening for Nectar at Kadist, I enjoyed a lovely traditional Brazilian meal at a restaurant almost directly across the street from the gallery. 

Carajás has been in business since 2001. When you enter the restaurant, you are greeted by a large (perhaps ceramic) figure of a woman who gazes pensively into the distance from her perch atop a bright yellow bar.

Carajás bar
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The simple, colorful dining room is relatively small.

Carajás dining room
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I arrived an hour before the end of the lunch service on a Saturday and felt fortunate to have the place to myself.  Carajás only serves lunch on Saturdays and Sundays, so I felt doubly fortunate to be able to coordinate my meal with the art opening.

I ordered my favorite Brazilian cocktail, caipirinha, and sipped it while reading about the gallery.

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The menu is fairly extensive, with eight entrées, eight main dishes, and six desserts.  I ordered Mandioca frita (fried manioc) as a starter and feijoada (bean and pork stew) as my main dish.

Mandioca frita (Fried manioc)
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The fried manioc was served without condiments.  It was crisp and not at all greasy.  The portion of feijoada was a bit smaller than I'm accustomed to, but I was grateful for that because I was able to finish it without feeling stuffed and still have room for dessert.

Both dishes were served piping hot, and they were delicious! 

For dessert, I selected something I'd never tried before - brigadeiro.  Akin to the chocolate truffle, many say it is the most popular dessert in Brazil.

Brigadeiro (Brazilian fudge balls)
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Carajás' version of these fudge balls is coated with chocolate sprinkles.  I found it to be light, delectable, and quite satisfying after my copious main dish.

I wouldn't hesitate to return to this restaurant.  The next time I do, I plan to try the xinxim (chicken with coconut milk and peanuts)!

24, rue des Trois Frères
75018 Paris
Metro:  Abbesses (Line 12)
Hours: Monday through Friday 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Saturday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm; Sunday 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm – 11 pm

Restaurant Carajás - façade
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