Zingo & Ringo Offers the Best of Arabic Cuisine at a Fixed Price – Paladar

Zingo & Ringo Offers the Best of Arabic Cuisine at a Fixed Price – Paladar

I don’t remember ever recommending a meat grinder. By the way, this is not an ordinary butcher’s shop where waiters go from table to table with food, and customers are interested in quantity. Scheme in an Arabic restaurant Zingo and Ringo and another. You choose whatever you want to eat – there are 15 options – and soon the table is filled with beautiful colorful Lebanese pasta pots, salads, rice dishes, roasts, kibbeh… Everything is delicious, fresh.

On the table are beautiful colorful Lebanese pots with pasta, salads, rice, roasts, kibbeh… Everything is delicious and fresh.

On the table are beautiful colorful Lebanese pots with pasta, salads, rice, roasts, kibbeh… Everything is delicious and fresh. Photo: Patricia Ferras/Estadão

The restaurant is owned by Syrian architect Bassam Kussa, who fled his country in 2015 due to the war. An accomplished chef since childhood, he decided to use his culinary skills to open a restaurant in partnership with a friend in Sao Paulo, hence the name Zingo & Ringo, an expression for people who are always together. In 2019 they opened a small establishment in Vila Madalena. Ringo soon went bankrupt, the pandemic made things difficult and the restaurant closed. Bassam, also known as Zingo, reopened in January, now housed in a cozy home on Rua dos Pinheiros, as well as a kitchen crew made up of Syrian and Palestinian refugees.

Don’t miss the raw kibbe (almost pasty, with a light seasoning, served as usual with onion and mint), large dry cottage cheese, hummus, and babaganuche (the eggplant paste is smoked well there). The pasta arrives accompanied by slices of pita bread, just drizzle with the gorgeous Lebanese olive oil that sits on the table and open the work. Tabbouleh and a very refreshing fattoush salad with radishes, tomatoes, cucumbers and lavash complete the cold part of the meal.

Raw kibbe, almost pasty, with a light seasoning, served according to custom, with onion and mint.

Raw kibbe, almost pasty, with a light seasoning, served according to custom, with onion and mint. Photo: Patricia Ferras/Estadão

Time to move on to fried and baked: The grilled kafta is a must, as is the Michui chicken, tender and delicately spiced. Order fried kibbe (stuffed with walnuts and shaped like a mini cake) and falafel made without fresh herbs. Both are very tasty. Be sure to choose rice, which can be angel hair or lentil (the difference in taste is due to the grains being boiled in the water the lentils were soaked in). There is also rustic grilled potatoes – but who needs potatoes at such a feast? Everything comes in individual portions, assembled on site and can be repeated at will for a fixed price of 89 reais.

Maybe you miss Esfihasthat are not in rotation. They are made from very thin dough baked in a saj oven and rolled up, stuffed with meat or cheese (R$ 9.99) and are part of the à la carte menu. The range of dishes also includes, among others, beef fatte, a combination of chickpeas, toasted pita bread, tahini sauce with cottage cheese, beef, chestnuts, all fried in oil (49 reais), a favorite dish of the owner of the house.

Zingo and Ringo

Rua dos Pinheiros, 537, Pinheiros

Opening hours: 11:30/23:00 (closed on Monday)

delivery by Gumer

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