Rio de Janeiro is one of the largest Brazilian cities. It means 'January River'. It’s January 1502 when Portuguese travelers first encountered the Guanabara Bay and took it for a river mouth. Later they understood their mistake but the settlement was named after it.
Rio is a legendary city with bursting energy and a number of cultural and historical attractions, a favorite destination for millions of tourists all over the world. When you hear Rio de Janeiro, you certainly think of the biggest carnival annually held in February. Though this city is worth visiting all year round. People go here just to enjoy life and eat outstanding Brazilian dishes with endless flavors and spices. Brazilian cuisine is greatly influenced by Portuguese travelers. Read the guide and find out the best places to eat local dishes in Rio de Janeiro to every taste.
If you lead a healthy lifestyle and you are keen on organic food and gluten-free ingredients, visit this seafood restaurant. Taste the Brazilian cooking combined with the Medeterrian cuisine and try live Pacific oysters or Crassostrea gigas that are the best in Rio. Also, order grilled prawns, calamari and other seafood dishes with a glass of delicious house wine.
Mocellin Steak is an ideal place for meat lovers. The owner of the steakhouse is regarded as a founder of the rodizio style. The idea behind is very simple: pay a fixed price and eat what you can. Waiters offer you a number of skewers with different types of perfectly grilled meat. I shall never forget its gorgeous churrasco - roasted beef, chicken, offal and other types of meat.
Go to Aprazivel, Michelin Standard, to enjoy the beautiful scenery and taste a typical Brazilian dish - galinhada that means 'chicken' in Portuguese. It's a stew with rice and chicken and it's very popular in the state of Minas Gerais and Goiás. The dish is served with hot sauce and green onions.
The Oro’s chef Felipe Bronze is well known for eat-with-your-hands dishes, cooking with fire and local ingredients. It’s one and only Rio restaurant awarded with 2 Michelin stars. Visit Oro for fine dining and try dishes from the seasonal Creativity menu and the Affectivity menu with house specialties. Order moqueca - a Brazilian stew with shrimps or salmon and degust one of the most exceptional wine selected by a celebrity sommelier Cecilia Aldaz.
If you like to drink local beer and listen to nice music, visit Yeasteria - it's a paradise for brewery lovers. Choose among a number of Brazilian beer and enjoy it with coxinha. It's a traditional local dish made from chopped chicken in dough. It's shaped like a teardrop, battered and fried. The romantic legend says, a Brazilian prince ate only dried drumsticks. But royal cooks ran out of chicken legs. To save the situation, the chef shred meat from other chicken parts, shaped them into drumsticks and fried it in dough. The prince was pleased and he didn't notice the trick. Very tasty.
Are you a vegetarian? Org is another restaurant for people who take care of their health. The key secret of this place is fresh ingredients and lovely desserts. Dishes are served so nicely, they'll tempt your appetite for sure. Order feijoada here - a vegetarian stew of black beans and spices. Traditionally, it's cooked with pork but here you'll try its vegetarian version.
If you want to try unusual snacks, pay attention to pamonha in Quiteria. It's a paste from boiled sweet corn or coconut pulp that is cooked in banana leaves. It can be salty as well and include minced meat, sausages, cheese, and peppers. If you prefer something more nutritious, order acaraje - bean and onion cakes.
Have a nice meal and enjoy Rio de Janeiro!