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Rio De Janeiro: Traditional Brazilian Cuisine

Rio De Janeiro: Traditional Brazilian Cuisine

by Yulian Rohmy

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.

1. Best seafood dishes
Best seafood dishes
Oysters

Oysters are one of the most delicious seafood dishes. Oysters can be cooked in a variety of ways: smoked, boiled, steamed, pan fried, grilled, or baked. The unique flavor of an oyster, which can be salty, sweet, buttery, copper, briny, or melon, heavily depends on where it was caught.

Marius Degustare
#1 of 7988 cafeterias in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Av. Atlântica, 290, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22010-000

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. 

2. The most tender steak
The most tender steak
Churrasco

In Brazil, churrasco is called meat dishes prepared on the grill. Brazilian churrasco contains a variety of meat products and offal prepared on a regular barbecue grill.

Mocellin Steak
#13 of 35667 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Av. Armando Lombardi, 1010, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22640-070
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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.

3. Michelin selection
Michelin selection
Galinhada

A rice stew with chicken, a typical Brazilian dish in Minas Gerais.

Aprazível
#125 of 35667 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
R. Aprazível, 62, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20241-270
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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.

4. 2-star Michelin restaurant
2-star Michelin restaurant
Moqueca

Brazilian thick fish soup or stew with salmon slices, tomatoes, bell peppers, onions and coconut milk. Spicy thick fish stew is usually cooked and served in clay pots.

Oro
#1 of 35667 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Av. Gen. San Martin, 889, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22441-015
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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 wines selected by a celebrity sommelier Cecilia Aldaz. 

5. For beer lovers
For beer lovers
Coxinha

Coxinha is a popular Brazilian dish that appeared more than a hundred years ago. According to legend, the son of Princess Isabella refused to eat anything, except fried chicken drumsticks. But once the royal farms ran out of this food. To feed the hungry kid, cooks decided to shred meat from other chicken parts and form them into drumsticks. So the resourceful chef pleased the royal offspring, and the dish spread throughout Brazil and abroad. Now you can order coxinha at every bar and have a beer with friends.

Yeasteria
20541-024, R. Pereira Nunes, 266, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 20541-024
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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.      

6. For vegetarians
For vegetarians
Feijoada

The main Brazilian dish is everyday and festive food at the same time, it simultaneously indicates everyday life and ritual, a strict code and endless freedom. It comes with fried pork with beans and rice, and around - a legion of possible plots.

Org
#71 of 35667 restaurants in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Av. Olegário Maciel, 175 - loja g, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22621-200
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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. 

7. Tasty snacks
Tasty snacks
Acarajé

This is peeled cowpeas, which are fried in palm oil until they get golden brown. Fried shrimp, tomato and shrimp paste are suitable as the filling for this dish. This dish is not only incredibly tasty but also cheap.

Quitéria Café
R. Maria Quitéria, 27, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 22410-040
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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!

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