Chale Ipanema

  • August 2, 2008 · 7:00 PM
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Chale Ipanema has been under new management since early 2007. The atmosphere is clean and simple. Two rooms adjoin each other with a bar in back.The restaurant serves Colombian, Peruvian, Brazilian and Portugese food. Portions are large, the food is fresh and well plated and there’s an extensive selection of meat, seafood and poultry dishes. It has an “upscale menu”, the food is served with passion, and the prices are very affordable. We started with an appetizer of Colombian spinach and cheese empanadas for $1 each. To be truthful, they were so good that at this point I thought I’d come back for four of these and a Sangria and I’d walk out a happy woman. The empanadas are filled with your choice of vegetables, beef, chicken or spinach and cheese. They were hot and gooey with a crispy fried pastry. Other interesting appetizers are the Papa a La Huancaina ( potatoes in a cream sauce with egg, olive and red pepper) for $8.00, Ceviche De Pescado (served with fish in lemon juice, sweet potatoes, yucca and corn on the cob) for $8.00, Ceviche Mixto (fish, octopus, muscles, calamari, shrimp cooked in lemon juice with cilantro) for $11.00 and Camarones Apanados Con Coco (Coconut shrimp served with a passion fruit mayonnaise) for $11.00.Some interesting salads included:
Ensalada De Espinaca Tropical - fresh Spinach Salad served with cheese, almonds, apples and mango with a dressing of mango, strawberries and vinegar for $7.00,

Salada De Palmito Arugula - hearts of palm and arugala in honey and balsamic dressing for $8.00

Now comes the main course. Expect to spend a lot of time trying to decide on what you want from all the yummy offerings. Just to whet your appetite, some of your choices include:

Carnes (Meat)
Sides include plantains (crispy or sweet,) yucca, french fries, sausage, beans and salad.Rib eye steak $17.00
Grilled pork chops $11.00
Grilled pork loin $11.00
Steak with onions
Steak, pork belly served with rice, fried egg, plantain, arepa, avocado and Spanish sausage $12.00
Chicken with rice $11.00
Filet mignon with shrimp and mushroom sauce $21.00
Beef tenderloin and shrimp in a piri piri sauce $24.00
BBQ combo of beef, pork, sausage, roasted pepper onion and tomato in chimichurri sauce $19.00
Chicken scallopini in lemon and caper sauce $18.00
Grilled chicken breast and chorizo $12.00
Beef, pork and chicken kebab served over special house rice $19.00
Roast duck with marron glace sauce, sweet potato and Brazil nuts $21.00

Sides include plantains (crispy or sweet,) yucca, french fries, sausage, beans and salad.Calamari, shrimp, octopus, clams, mussels sauteed with coconut milk and heavy cream served over rice and french fries $16.00
Filet of salmon with shrimps, sauteed in white wine butter, Parmesan cheese and heavy cream with rice and salad $21.00
Filet of tilapia served with calamari, shrimps, octopus, slams, mussels, sauteed in seafood sauces and rice $21.00

…and yet much more…..grilled scallops, grilled lobster, jumbo shrimp, paella for two, etc.

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  • Irene

    The food was great. Another "hole in the wall" kind of restaurant. I would definitely go again.

    August 4, 2008

  • Betsy

    The food is quite good, but the service this night was very slow. I would go back again, but make it a smaller group which is so difficult with EDEMG as there are so many fun people who want to go. Thank you Judy for organizing this, despite the slow service I had a wonderful time.

    August 3, 2008

  • Judy

    While the food and prices were great, we had very poor service, which was disappointing. Our waitstaff was not attentive. I wouldn't recommend this place for a table over 5-7.

    August 3, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    Food was good, service so-so and company was great.

    August 3, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    small place, slow service...though good

    August 3, 2008

  • Annie

    The place has great food, but the service was very slow and confused. The room was also not good for conversation.

    August 2, 2008

  • A former member
    A former member

    The food is great, but the service was definitely sketchy. We didn't even ask for the dessert menu because we were afraid it might take two more hours!

    August 2, 2008

  • Judy

    As a reminder, please make every effort to pay with cash. This makes coordination of the bill much easier for both the restaurant and your friends at the table.

    Our reservations are at 7:00 under my name (Judy). Street parking is available.

    August 1, 2008

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