Eating out in Rio is fun at the best of times, from snacking at the botequims on the street corners to fine dining at the likes of Espirito Santo, there’s something to tickle your tastebuds wherever you look. We do have to admit, however, that once you move beyond streetside snacks or the vast buffets of the por quilo restaurants (per kilo places where you pay by the weight of your plate…) eating out in Rio (or anywhere in Brazil, for that matter) isn’t always the cheapest activity.
So that means that the annual Rio Restaurant Week is always an event to be eagerly awaited. Basically you get a selection of Rio’s top restaurants (ok, and a few average ones as well) offering special set menus at fixed prices for the duration of the festival. Lunches are priced at R$39.90 (that’s around £10.50) and Dinners at R$49.90 (about £13) – that’s very good indeed for a three-course meal at these establishments, and pretty good full-stop for eating out in Rio. OK, so you’re not going to get a full a la carte menu at these prices, but so long as you’re not a picky eater you’re pretty much guaranteed some great food at prices that aren’t to be sniffed at…
For example, just look at this menu from La Cigale: starter of either beetroot carpaccio with a coriander vinaigrette, or crab with a lemon and pepper jus; main course of either beer-basted flank steak with a cheese risotto or a spicy seafood stew with cashew rice; then desert of coconut candies with sugared orange peel to seal the deal… That kind of meal would usually set you back easily twice that at a place like La Cigale, so if you’re eating out in Rio this week you can consider yourself a happy camper!
The full list of restaurants is as follows:
Zona Sul (Copacabana, Ipanema and Leblon)
Café do Alto
Casa da Suiça
Gabiano Al Mare
O Árabe da Gávea
Cais do Oriente
Filet e Folhas Up
Kimochii Sushi Lounge
Barra da Tijuca
Enotria por Joaquim Koeter
Quadrifoglio Caffè – Barra
Uva & Vinho
You can find more details at www.restaurantweek.com.br (though sadly not in English) or you can just ask us, of course! If there’s one thing we’re always happy to talk about, it’s restaurants… You have until the 30th of March to enjoy eating out in Rio at bargain prices, so please do get ready, on your marks… and Bom Proveito!