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“Don't miss Mangai”
Review of Mangai

Mangai
Ranked #8 of 1,897 Restaurants in Joao Pessoa
Cuisines: Brazilian
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Neighborhood: Manaira
Zurich, Switzerland
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Don't miss Mangai”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

Simply my favourite restaurant in Joao Pessoa. Definitely a must for everyone who like to taste the big variety of local dishes from the northeast of Brazil. Excellent quality of food and nice atmosphere at a reasonable price. They offer a large buffet with inumerous local specialities. Go for it!

  • Visited December 2013
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Katy, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
400 reviews
219 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Another declining restaurant in the city”
Reviewed January 8, 2014

What once was an excellent option is nowadays, in my opinion, an avoidable experience.
Food is still good, when it is available. We were there for dinner and, even though the place only closes at 10pm, at 9pm the buffet did not have some options and the staff said there was no plan to make the options available again that day.
Service is very lengthy. You struggle to get a waiter's attention...
A shame...

  • Visited January 2014
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Level 5 Contributor
76 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Typical Brazilian!!!”
Reviewed December 28, 2013

If you want to experience what Brazil's northeast is about go to Mangai!!! It's ambient recreates local culture from decoration to waiters' clothes. It's a self service (buffet) restaurant with more than 20 different kind of dishes. You MUST try the dessert named CARTOLA. It's delicious!!! (Banana, local cheese, cinnamon and sugar)

Visited August 2013
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Thank fgerdes
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Bristol, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
28 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Regional cooking, lots of variety, self-service (by weight).”
Reviewed December 17, 2013

I've been here several times, and really like Mangai. It has a good atmosphere of families enjoying themselves, serving northeastern cuisine by weight ("por kilo") from a huge variety of dishes. For non-Brazilians, this means you can see what you are eating as well as its Brazilian name. Try a jug of the various regional fruit juices for something different from the usual orange or cashew juice. You can pose as Lampião or Maria Bonita at the entrance (silly but fun).

  • Visited December 2013
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Paranagua
Level 5 Contributor
69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“good for first time visitors”
Reviewed September 17, 2013

Offers a self service meal with a huge of options to choose from. Acceptable prices, but do not expect a tastefull meal. Place tipically decorated is an extra, and helps to take some cold beers with friends.

  • Visited September 2013
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