There are many great restaurants in Jeri but I must say Restaurant Tamarindo is the best. Located right next to the main square and situated under the shadow of a giant tamarind tree you are in for a magical evening. The outdoor garden area is lovely and since the floor is made of sand I guarantee you will be smiling the entire time you are dining here. When you walk in you will see a large showcase filled with various handcrafted items from Ceará. Every area of this restaurant is special. In the outdoor garden area the lamps twinkle along the branches of massive tamarind and fall on each table, creating an intimate atmosphere, surrounded by nature. Inside, has a completely different twist with art, and funky lamps of all shapes and sizes, plus little candles kiss each area of the room.
Nearly everything is cooked in the brick oven; from thin crust grilled pizzas and grilled fish to Brazil nut–crusted filet mignon (which was amazing!). Cooked perfectly and drizzled with a spinach sauce it came with a potato roti and a side of coconut rice which was outstanding, definitely worth getting! Since we had heard the pizza’s were also very good we tried the pesto pizza with chicken (below). For dessert, try the brigadeiro cake, it was delicious! Unlike many areas of Brazil, the staff was very accommodating, it is truly in a class of its own. At the end of the meal they brought over some tamarindo ice cream for us to taste… I love my sweets but this was a little too sweet for me but glad I tried it:)
Overall Tamarindo Has spectacular food, service and fair prices, for 2 main dishes, 2 drinks, dessert and waters it was R$90 total for two people! That’s a lot of amazing food for US$45 but hey, the mood of the place is priceless. The environment, the garden, the rustic decor and the international cuisine makes me want to go back and try more items on the menu! Keep in mind if you go after 8:30pm there will most likely be a 45-hour wait so try and remember to ask your hotel to make a reservation for you!