Roberto's / Pastel do Roberto's: "Pastels of Many Sorts, including Dessert!" Londrina Restaurant Tip by glabah
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Generally, when a place is able to say they have been in a location for a long period, it is a good sign. Roberto's is not an exception to this rule, and as long as you like pastel you should be OK at this restaurant.
But first, a little explanation of what a pastel is in order: a pastel is a bit like a giant ravioli in that it is square and completely sealed. However, it is more like a sandwich in that you can find a huge variety of things that are put inside it. The outside is a bit more like a very thin pizza crust that has been deep fried, however. The bad part about a pastel is that when it is cooked the bread baking process fills it up with air, so you never get quite as much food as the size of the pastel might make you think you are getting.
Really, if you don't know Brazilian food, it is hard to explain what a pastel is. However, they are a very popular light meal and snack food, sold from street vendors, markets, snack bars and some restaurants.
Roberto's pastel section (there is also a Japanese restaurant on right side of the kitchen, which I have never tried) is a restaurant that survives only on the light Brazilian dinner concept, by serving excellent Pastels (by the way, the correct Brazilian plural form is "Pasteis" from what I have been told, but then most non-Brazilians wouldn't understand what I am talking about).
There is a glassed-in eating area, as well as an outdoor eating area whose popularity depends on the temperature. Unfortunately the street at this location is fairly busy, and so at times it isn't the most pleasant of places to eat outside.
The current hours are: closed Mondays, Tuesday through Sunday 5:30 at night to 11:30 at night.
Favorite Dish: You can order an assortment of Pastel here, but of course my favorite is any of the dessert pastels, with a particular leaning towards the bon-bon or white chocolate with strawberry - both are R$3.30.
For actual food, the four cheese or chicken with cheddar are reasonably good options (each are R$3.20), but really as long as you are not picky or allergic to some of the ingredients many of the various options should suit your fancy.
There are soft drinks, hard drinks (including vodka) and several different types of fruit juice - as is customary, ordering the juice made with milk rather than water costs a little extra but can taste really good with some mixtures.
Address: Avenida Maringá 1337, Londrina, Paraná
Comparison: less expensive than average
Directions: Very close to downtown Londrina - just a few blocks northwest of the central cathedral.
Price: less than US$10
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