Food & Drink Seoul

Ipanema Grill: try the famous Brazilian Barbecue in Seoul!

Are you a Brazilian living in Korea who misses Brazil’s food? Or someone just curious about Brazilian culinary? Try visiting Ipanema Grill, one of the best Brazilian steakhouses in Korea!

When talking about Korean culinary, ‘spicy’ is one of the first words that come to my mind. For those not used eating spicy food, it can be a little hard adapting to this new taste, mainly because Korean level of spiciness is really strong. With time, you can get used with spicy food, but will you also start missing your home country food. So here is Ipanema Grill for our Brazilians friends living in Korea and anyone else who would like to taste of Brazilian culinary.

About Ipanema Grill (이빠네마그릴)

You can find a couple of Brazilian restaurants in Seoul, but this is one of my favorites. Ipanema Grill is a Brazilian steakhouse that opened in 2016 in Sinchon. It also has a branch in Hongdae, but I’ll be talking about the Sinchon one, since I just visited this one.

  • Address: 6 Yonsei-ro 4-gil | Seodaemun-gu, Seoul 03779, South Korea (Changcheon-dong)
  • Working Hours: Monday to Friday, 11:30 to 22:30 (break time: 14:30 to 17:00)/ Weekends, 12:00 to 22:00 (no break time)
  • Price: from  ₩12,000 to ₩40,000

The interior

The place has a cozy atmosphere, lots of Brazil famous landscapes photos, paintings and traditional objects decorating its walls. But what catches your sight, when first entering the restaurant, is an amazing mural showing the brazilian flag, ornamented with beautiful species from Brazil.

Menu and prices

Ipanema Grill price varies depending on when you go there: dinner time and weekends are more expensive than lunch time (during the week only). The menu has some lunch offers, but the best for meat lovers is the ‘Churrasco’ (the famous Brazilian barbecue). You can choose between ‘Limited’ or ‘All you can eat’ options. The ‘Limited’ option gives you one of each main dish, while ‘All you can eat’ has unlimited helping of meat. Unlimited side dishes for both.

The ‘Churrasco’ main dishes include tenderloin steak, top sirloin, thin skirt, garlic thick skirt, chicken and sausage; the side dishes, fried rice, vegetable salad, potato salad, vinagrete (a delicious Brazilian sauce, usually eaten with churrasco), pickled radish; and the dessert with grilled pineapple and iguaçu coffee. For those who like it, they also have the Brazilians’ beloved black beans and garlic bread!

Besides all that, the restaurant has one of the most famous Brazilian soft drinks called ‘Guaraná’. It is made with a fruit of the same name, found in Brazil, and has a unique delicious taste! It is a must for everyone who is interested in Brazil!

having a guaranÁ again, my favorite soft drink, after a long time

Why visit Ipanema Grill?

Ipanema Grill’s owner is Brazilian and Brazilians are famous for being very friendly and receptive. So, besides a tasty food, similar to what you find in Brazil, you can expect a warm welcoming in this restaurant. The owner and staffs are very kind and can serve you in 4 different languages: Portuguese, Korean, English and Spanish. Also, the meat quality is great and the side dishes are delicious, so the price is totally worth it.

me and my friend with the brazilian owner

How to get there?

It’s really easy to get to this restaurant because it’s located very close to Sinchon station, Line 2. Inside this station you can find a sign indicating an exit that goes through U-Plex shopping. From this exit, when looking slightly to your right, you will see an Etude House around the corner. Following the small street where Etude House is at, you will see a Brazilian flag on the right side of the street, that’s Ipanema Grill, on the 2nd floor of the building!