Take what you already know about tapas, put a gourmet twist on it, put another Asian-Brazilian fusion twist on it, and then one last casual-chic stylish twist on it and you'll be getting close. The food is actually pretty serious. But the relaxed setting and service keep things from getting too pretentious. There are menu boards in both English and Portuguese (but no actual menus, so bring your spectacles), although the descriptions sometimes don't do justice to the cuisine. What they call mashed potato is a dollop of potato purée so buttery you'll want to drink it with a straw. Same goes for the passionfruit and caramel sauce that comes with one shrimp dish. Speaking of sweet, you won't see creme brûlée ice cream on the menu (and maybe it was a daily special the night we went), but along with the fudgy brownie served heated with a side of bitter orange caramel sauce, it's one of Pipa's better dessert options. The servers are professional, multi-lingual, and knowledgable about the menu, happy to make recommendations to a cosmopolitan crowd speaking French, Dutch, Spanish, English and Portuguese. Bring your cash; they don't take credit cards.
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