stopped off saturday night at mediterranean manor on jefferson street in the ironbound in newark. place was overflowing with brazilian locals. haven't been there in several years.
rodizio was fine, nothing great. not too overdone like many places, but still all in all everything was very salty. my favorites are the sausages and the bacon wrapped turkey, which is really good. but your paying for the three different kinds of sirloin, the filet etc... kind of wish they had a poor man's rodizio - turkey, sausage, pork loin.
avoid the chicken - no particularly great taste. the filet is drowned out by the bacon wrapping. the beef short ribs were good. the pork ribs too salty. the top sirloin was good (and I am not a big steak eater...). by the time the pork tenderloin came, I was too full to enjoy it...
the real highlight was the grilled cod with olives and peppers. this was a huge piece of cod, olive and oil, well grilled. delicious. splendid. and it fed us both on sunday night - and was still delicious. I will definitely order grilled fish again next time - the pargo (snapper) at the next table looked really good too.
I liked the fresh collards (and I don't like collards). they were blanced or lightly steamed - still a little crisp, just bitter enough to be tasty. with a little garlic and oil.
broccoli rabe was also excellent.
the salad bar looked very pedestrian, cardboard tomatoes, lettuce, etc. I don't know why I bothered to sample the macaroni salad and potato salad - I just did. Both were fantastic. Some of the best macaroni salad I've ever eaten (and I don't really like macaroni salad). Maybe garlic will fix anything. And the potato salad tasted like it was a home made mayonaise with a good olive oil in it. Also they had a decent olive oil out to dress the salad with, which was nice.
the bread was fantastic. but it fills you up for the rodizio. Newark still has some of the best bakeries around.
the clams and pork saute looked good -will order it next time. also the clam appetizer.
sangria was odd. not fruity or very sweet, but with a lot of triple sec. so it was potent. I wonder if this is the brazilian way?
no room for dessert, so we didn't scout it.... looked like local pastry - which tends to be good in Newark and environs...
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