Wow. I can’t believe a week has gone since I’ve been back in Perth town. I have now recovered from my crazy city holidays and I am ready to spill. Before that, I must tell you about our meal last night!
Jay booked Lapa for our final meal with Thilan and Shini before they go off and become Mr and Mrs Thilan! I had heard lots about Lapa…generally about the entertainment. I love watching dances so I was glad to check it out.
We were seated in the corner booth at 7pm. By 7.30pm, the whole place was filled up. The place felt quite family friendly. A place you would hang out with your friends at. I don’t think I saw any dates happening there.
Service was really prompt. I mean, really prompt. We were waiting for our other halves…and had explained that once. Within a span of 5 minutes, 3 waitresses came by to ask if we had ordered, if we were ready, are we having wine, did we want some water? No harm done though – the waitresses were bubbly and enthusiastic. Once we were served this yummy thing, it was all good.
This yummy thing is a warm cheese and tomato bread. I thought it would be floury all the way through but instead biting into it you will find soft stretchy mozzarella. Really yummy.
There are two ways of going about the meal. You could go ala carte (ranging from $34 to $49 for meat dishes) or endless feast ($49) where 14 types of meat is available to you. The ala carte menu was tempting but for a price difference of $10, we thought the buffet was irresistible. The buffet comes with a number of sides that are free flowing. In addition to chips, salad, pasta and potato salad, I expand on the notables below.
My favourite is the black beans mixed into rice. Yum! The flavour packed black beans were cooked with pork. So hearty, calming and best eaten hot.
We were also served fried bananas which reminded me of the Malay version of goreng pisang which really translates to fried bananas. Seems like its all the same. I liked it. Soft, sweet banana in a crispy batter casing.
Other than the gravy sauce, there are 3 types of sauces served to dip your meat in. Top left is Chimichurri sauce which is a blend of garlic and other herbs with olive oil. It goes really well with the beef and lamb. Top right is Farofa which is roasted cassava with bacon. I think it goes well with the kebabs. The brazillian salsa at the bottom goes well with everything!
So what happens next is a series of waiters coming to cut meat off skewers into your plate. Below, this man is serving the rump.
All I have to say is that…none of us could make it down the menu. We didn’t make the 14 types of meat. I was going silly on the beans and rice instead of going crazy on the meat. So, knowing that I cannot try everything once despite eating a small bite of every serve that came by, how would I prioritise? Not everything was good. For example, I would skip the brazillian kebab next time. It was much too chewy.
The rump and beef rib fingers is a must especially with the Chimichurri. There was a chicken with crispy skin which was really good. The chicken and bacon were not too bad. Overall while the meat was succulent, the flavours weren’t particularly different. In terms of variety, the flavours on the meat would be chilli, garlic or just as it is. It was like meat for cavemen. Blokes with big meat appetites would have cheered this meal. If you’re after such a meal, you would not be disappointed.
Another thing the blokes would have cheered on was the entertainment. A beautiful, sexy and tanned dancer came out dancing to catchy Brazilian music. She put a smile on everyone’s face shaking her very taut body. (According to Jay, some women did not look impressed with this alpha female. hahaha. Hence, my conclusion that this place is not a first date venue for some.)
She even got people to participate in the dancing and instructed the rest of us to clap. The music then became really quick and I swear, her body shook at the very same rate. She shook her hips and her chest while her hands flew around in a blur. It was amazing! She was the real deal – not just some paid dancer who didn’t know what she was doing.