This is probably the most beautiful, historic and delicious restaurant in Petropolis. Built in 1884, Casa da Ipiranga, is virtually intact with its original decoration including its ballrooms, Carrara marble fireplaces, some 300 paintings and the stable, which was transformed into Bordeaux Bistro, a delicious rustic bar-restaurant. The restaurant has a cute outdoor seating area where you can sit amongst the garden (has heat lamps for cold nights) or you can sit in the original barn which provides a very cozy atmosphere. Bordeaux offers over 1,500 wine labels to choose from; just head over to the wall and select which one you would like. If you aren’t in the mood for a bottle, Bordeaux provides a number of half bottle options since they do not serve wine by the glass.
Start with the burrata (above) or one of the many delicious appetizers including cheese plates, capriccios and salads. For your main course there are a number of beef and fish options but what caught my attention was the fondue. This was the first time I have scene fondue served in Brazil, and since it was a chilly night (up in the mountains it was mid 50’s), I figured why not! You can choose from cheese, beef or chocolate fondue. Since we started with the burrata, we went with the steak fondue (below) which is served with garlic, mayo, cheese and french dressing sauce. (Just like New York’s Gyu-kaku style).
The meat was incredible, as were the sauces (garlic was my fav). It was so filling I didn’t have room for dessert, but I can tell you that the brownie and torta looked delicious! In total, the fondue, burrata and 2 half bottles of wine cost about R$200. The restaurant does not take reservations, so if you get there after 8pm be prepared to wait!
The garden of the house is the only one in the original state of Brazil designed by Auguste Glaziou, who also created the botanical and landscape of the Brazilian Imperial House and Rio’s Quinta da Boa Vista and the Public Road. The house is now a cultural center, hosts workshops, and shows concerts, plays and exhibitions.