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Looking for special dinner out in Rio

c oliver Oct 27, 2007 08:25 AM

We are looking for a special dinner out in Rio. We live (part-time) in Copacabana but are open to anywhere - well, probably not Barra. We've eaten at Carlotta in Leblon and thought it was great. I was interested in Mix by Bronze but their website says they're closed for remodeling. If it's not a popular tourist spot, that would really be great. Not interested in a rodizio. I won't say that price is NO object but it will be a special dinner for the two of us. Thanks for any advice.

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    Puddle RE: c oliver Oct 27, 2007 05:41 PM

    Some recommendations:

    I loved Antiquarius, but it's not hip, it's very traditional.

    Gero is hip but not at the expense of quality.

    Carême Bistrô in Botafogo is excellent.

    And Stravaganze Ipanema is high-end pizza, quite wonderful.

    1. flaviap RE: c oliver Oct 28, 2007 06:36 PM

      although I 've read people praising Antiquarius, I find it old and stuffy. I love Zuka, where chef Felipe Bronze used to work. It is very good. It is on the same street as Carlota. There is a wonderful , but I have to say expensive restaurant, that just opened that has amazing seafood> it is the reaturant of the newly opened Stark hotel: Fasano. The restaurant is Fasano al Mare. Just make sure to check the price list, since it can be quite expensive. Another good idea if you are in Copacabana is the Blé Noir, which is very nice. I also like Zaza Bistro in Ipanema, very nice ambiance. |And one of my favorites lately: Via 7, very nice food, a wonderful terrasse, very friendly service. The chef is spanish but the food is from all over! It is specially nice at lunch! Hope it helps!!

      1. Toot RE: c oliver Oct 28, 2007 08:00 PM

        Antiquarius would be a very good choice for a special occasion, if you like Portuguese, which can be very unfamiliar to Americans. The place has been around for a long time and it is very tradicional in Rio. Very old school, not hip, very different from new places like Carlota, Careme Bistro, Zuka - which are very much New York inspired. But don't get me wrong, I love Carlota and Careme Bistro (never been to Zuka).
        A place that I have been wanting to try is Roberta Sudbrak. It's supposed to be really good, although quite expensive. If money is not a problem I would go there.

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          c oliver RE: Toot Oct 29, 2007 06:09 AM

          I've noted all of these - and look forward to even more! Thanks. We tend to go to the neighborhood "joints" and love all Brazilian food. But sometimes you want to bump it up a notch. In addition, we are having two sets of visitors in the next few months and like to give them some broader choices. Maybe destroy the budget and eat in a couple of these :)

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            flaviap RE: c oliver Oct 29, 2007 12:29 PM

            I just remembered another one. It is not fancy , more of a casual place. It is Alessandro and Frederico, in Ipanema. They also have a pizzeria but I dont like the one in Ipanema, prefering their pizzeria in Sao COnrado. But their restaurant at Garcia Davila is quite nice. Good ambiance. Dont forget to go have a salad at Celeiro (rua dias ferreira- Leblon) . It is only opened for lunch . The salads are great (they also have a couple of hot speciasl) , all organic, very special. The place is usually a hangout for local celebrities so you may bump into a paparazzi or two at the door!! but it is very nice. They have a terrasse too, which is quite unusual here... (although it is so warm lately, maybe you wolud rather go to a ac place.... :)

        2. Jill Brazil RE: c oliver Oct 30, 2007 10:30 AM

          I love Claude Troigros and used to love his restaurant in NYC called CT.
          Now he has Olympe in Rio -- and haven't been back to Rio yet in a while --- but if it is anything like CT it must be good:
          http://www.claudetroisgros.com.br/oly...

          1. c oliver RE: c oliver Nov 1, 2007 08:39 AM

            Went to 'Gero yesterday for a fabulous lunch! For lunch it's a three course meal for R$70. 'Course by the time you put the couvert on ($R13pp), the water (R$6pp), one of the less expensive bottles of wine, it was a lot, lot more than that - pushing R$375!!! But was a special meal, every bit of it. Unlike some restaurants, at least in the US, some of those menus are quite limited in selections. Not here at all. We had our choice of probably 15 appetizer, 25 main courses and a dozen desserts. I had veal carpaccio with a drizzle of tuna sauce and fried capers along with a little mound of mixed greens. For my main, I had porcini mushroom risotto and dessert of creme brulee with shaved lemon rind. My husband had grilled calamari rings on a bed of mixed greens, main of a baked white fish with a "crust" of asparagus (finely minced but still a little asparagus flavor), and vanilla flan with a berry sauce on the side. I'm still savoring it. Thanks to everyone who has made recommendations. As our budget permits(!), we'll work our way through the list hopefully. In addition, we have two different sets of friends coming to visit in the next few months. I'm sure they'll check out some also. Keep 'em coming :)

            1. SuzieMae RE: c oliver Nov 12, 2007 04:07 AM

              There is no better than L'Olympe in Jardim Botanico. Go to http://www.claudetroisgros.com.br/ to see the menu and make reservations. Le Saint Honoré is also excellent. These two restaurants will set you back a pretty penny but these are some of the best restaurants in the world. L'osteria del Angulo is an excellent Italian mid-price option. Antiquarius is an instituion also not to be missed if you're into bacalhau. I am not a fan of Gero or any of the Fasano chain. They are very expensive and snooty, but lacking in quality - very down thei nose attitude. Happy dining - Suzie in Teresopolis, RJ

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                c oliver RE: SuzieMae Nov 22, 2007 01:03 PM

                Sorry you've had less than positive experiences with Gero and others of the group. Our meal was just great quality and the service couldn't have been better. My Portuguese is quite limited but it didn't stop any of the staff from making us feel special. Not an ounce of snooty :) I would go back and recommend it highly tho' it is certainly not a budget meal.

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                  flaviap RE: SuzieMae Nov 30, 2007 03:31 AM

                  Suzi, the Saint-Honore is now closed indefinetely. The Hotel was bought several months ago by a Spanish chain and is beeing completely redone...

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                  rrems RE: c oliver Nov 17, 2007 07:55 PM

                  Careme was the best meal we had in Rio a couple of years ago. Really great upscale French bistro.

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                    potnoodle RE: c oliver Dec 2, 2007 07:44 AM

                    Olympe in the botanical garden district is the best restaurant in Rio, hands down. It's not cheap, either by local or US standards. But the room is small, lovely, elegant, intimate and modern. The food is generally French-style, but using all locally sourced ingredients. I went there for an anniversary 2 years ago. We kept the menu, and have it still, a memory of one of the best meals I've ever eaten.

                    1. streetgourmetla RE: c oliver Dec 4, 2007 11:26 AM

                      Siri e Mole for a bahia cuisine experience.Moqueca de peixe and bobo de camarao!It's elegant and conveniently located between Copa and Ipanema.

                      Rua Francisco Otaviano 50

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