Rio Olympics: Top Restaurants That Are Must-Try
While the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will take center stage between August 5 to 21, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, visitors will seek out more than just sports competitions and country hospitality houses – the best restaurants will be in high demand as well. Rio VIP Pass – a top hospitality and 24/7 concierge service, provides 4 to 5 star accommodations (hotels, condos, apartments, villas), a Rio Black Card with perks and privilege, executive transportation, security, and other VIP services in Rio. We have quizzed our local partners in Rio to find the top restaurants that are a “must-try” during the Rio Olympic period.
Rio is larger than most people can imagine. Adding a projected 500,000 visitors expected during the Olympic Games means acquiring reservations at the top restaurants (some Michelin Rated) might be a challenge within itself without a connection to excellent concierge services. Who can help navigate the variety of options according to your specific taste, time, location, and further special requirements?
Our goal is to provide you with some insights and a good starting-point.
Voted amongst the top 50 best restaurants in Latin America and Michelin rated, the cuisine combines a French approach using Brazilian ingredients by the acclaimed French Chef Claude and Chef Thomas Troisgros. Olympe’s food bears the hallmarks of Troigros’ classic French upbringing, combined with local Brazilian ingredients and spices. The style of food is modern international. Imagine lamb tenderloin with an açai crust, or gnocchi and cannelloni nestled beside foie gras and langoustine. Must-try desserts are red berries, chocolate crumble, and whisky burnt butter ice cream. The restaurant is located in the vicinity of Lagoa, not far from the Botanico Gardens.
Viasete provides a cool laidback spot for hipsters in the heart of Ipanema. The cuisine is simple yet sophisticated while the venue provides both indoor and outdoor seating. The goal is to serve organic leafy vegetables, meat, fish, and poultry, avoiding both fried foods and fats. For starters, try the ceviche, grilled octopus, or calamari which is fabulous. Another must-try is the Kobe burger or choose something from the wide selection on the menu. ViaSete has, as their focus, health and the preservation of the planet for future generations.
FASANO AL MARE
Located in the 5 star Fasano Hotel, the Al Mare provides a truly upscale, sophisticated dining experience, with Scandinavian tables arranged under a splendid Murano chandelier. The venue boasts ocean-front views across from Ipanema beach. The menu is diversely Mediterranean, with a special focus on seafood. Food is prepared under the auspices of Chef Paolo Lavezzini, who joined the Fasano team after his stint at the Michelin three-star Enoteca Pinchiorri in Florence.
The first “Carioca” version of Gero, they have been awarded top prizes in the city’s main culinary and news magazines. The menu has, as its base, Italian recipes that have been passed on for generations. Included amongst these, are baked lamb with potatoes and small artichokes and ravioli stuffed with a veal and mushroom sauce. The restaurant has an elegant, sophisticated atmosphere with its rustic stone walls and laid-back ambiance.
MEE restaurant earned a Michelin star in its first year. It was the first luxury pan-Asian restaurant to open in Rio de Janeiro. Located at the Copacabana Palace next to the iconic hotel’s swimming pool, this space features contemporary Asian-inspired décor with Chinese teahouse-style booths and eastern portraits. MEE’s exotic menu takes diners on a gastronomic journey through Thailand, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, Vietnam, China, and Japan. The menu is innovative and brimming with specialties.
FOGO DE CHAO – BARRA DA TIJUCA
An upscale Brazilian Steakhouse (Churrascaria in Brazil), it boasts an all-you-can-eat feature: meats carved right at your table and an extensive salad bar. A must-try is the roasted strips and prime steak. Combine their juicy meat offerings with amazing ocean views at their Barra da Tijuca location, and you are guaranteed a great dining experience. It is the perfect dining option if you’re attending competitions at the Olympic Arenas in Barra da Tijuca.
TEREZE AT HOTEL SANTA TERESA
Tereze is located in the cool, artsy neighborhood of Santa Teresa in the Santa Teresa Hotel. This chic, trendy restaurant offers upscale sophistication with gorgeous panoramic views and fine dining – a nice, surprising yet different experience than you would find in the heart of Rio (Ipanema, Leblon, and Copacabana). Try the lobster, it’s generous in size, and save room for dessert. This is the perfect location if you wish to get away from the hustle and bustle of the crowds and have a totally different experience.
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