I had a few friends from Brazil back in London, at least for a short while, most of them ran back to the warmth of Brazil long before I ventured west. Through that Brazilian connection I had tried a dish known is picanha, a cut of steak. Rump-cap is the English translation, but it is harder to find outside of Brazil since the rump of the animal is cut differently in the rest of the world. Of course, in England, and America, the rump is a tough, flavourless steak, one of the cheaper cuts. Picanha is a specialty. It can be done extremely well, and can provide a new appreciation for the animal’s backside.
With my family trying to make a decision for dinner, I made the suggestion of a restaurant called Garota de Ipanema, located in the Ipanema neighbourhood. I wanted my first picanha in Brazil. We all enjoyed a delicious meal, and I think I spread some love for the rump across the family. As we sat, a busker outside started playing the guitar and singing the most famous Brazilian song in the world – Garota de Ipanema – The Girl from Ipanema.