Mangarosa in North Beach – Italian Cuisine with a Brazilian Twist
I rarely dine out in North Bearch because of the many over-priced restaurants and valet parking, but for Mangarosa Restaurant & Bar I will make an exception. Mangarosa, translated in Portuguese as “pink mango,” is a mango prominent in Northeast Brazil, considered to be the cream of the crop. In that spirit, the owners of Mangarosa decided to combine the best of Italian and Brazilian cuisines. On the Italian side, they’ve got a vast selection of hearty pasta dishes and creamy risottos. But I personally feel that the Brazilian side is where Mangarosa really shines.
For starters, try the “Pastéis de Carne, Queijo e Frango,” savory pastries stuffed with ground beef, cheese and chicken. They are lightly fried and very flavorful, paired nicely with the sweet and spicy dipping sauce. They also have a delicious crab dip with artichokes and onions, served warm alongside grana padano and parmesan crostini.
A popular main course is the “Brazilian Steak Réchaud.” Finished at your table on a heated iron grill, the tender strips of steak are served with “farofa” (a mixture of seasoned breadcrumbs and bacon), roasted garlic, and pico de gallo. This dish is both delicious and fun to eat, which is why it’s my personal favorite. The portion is a good size for 2 people to share with a few sides.
To compliment the steak, I recommend getting crispy yucca fries and cheesy scalloped potatoes. They are simple dishes, but executed nicely.
Of course, I cannot forget about dessert. Now I am not a huge fan of bread pudding, but Mangarosa’s Pudim de Pão de Chocolate e Morangos Com Sorvete De Avelã, aka chocolate strawberry bread pudding, is just to die for! Topped with hazelnut ice cream and fresh berries, it is a warm, creamy, delectable dessert that’ll leave you wanting more.
If the food isn’t enough to impress you, the bar certainly will. Mangarosa has a extensive wine list crafted by a master sommelier and 10 signature South American drinks, including the traditional Brazilian Caipirinha, a cocktail made with muddled lime, sugar, soda, and Cachaça, a Brazilian liquor made from fermented sugarcane.
Take advantage of Mangarosa’s Tuesday to Friday Happy Hour lasting from 6 to 8pm, with 2 for 1 well drinks, $3 draft beers, $5 wines, $8 signature drinks, $9 premium drinks, and select appetizers for $6.
If you’re in the mood for a party, get down every Thursday night with the ladies of Energia do Samba dance troupe, performing on the bar and throughout the restaurant, hourly starting at 7pm! Don’t be shy because these ladies have been known to engage diners in a little booty shakin’.
Mangarosa Restaurant & Bar
1548 Stockton St
San Francisco CA 94133
Phone (415) 956-3211
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