Brazil Bound: 5 Restaurants To Try Right Now
Brazil is known for its beautiful beaches, lively cultural festivals, and mouth-watering cuisine.
From authentic churrascarias to restaurants inspired by local Brazilian ingredients fused with European influence, there is no shortage of delicious dishes across the country.
If you’re planning a trip to Brazil, put these 5 restaurants at the top of your list. There’s something for everyone, whether you’re in the mood for Moroccan fusion, Brazilian comfort food, or the country’s renowned grilled meat.
From Mani, a quaint restaurant in the suburbs of São Paulo run by a world-traveled husband-and-wife team, to Confeitaria Colombo, an old school joint in Rio de Janeiro, these are the 5 best places to grab a bite in Brazil.
If you’re in the mood for Moroccan fusion (or just amazing food in general) Zaza Bistro will be your jam. Inspired by the owners’ global travels, the delicious food and elaborate Moroccan décor has claimed it the number one spot to eat in the Ipanema area. With dishes ranging from tuna tartare with ginger teriyaki and sprouts, to Udon pork belly with organic mushrooms and chives, plus a range of gluten free desserts, you’re in for a treat at Zaza.
A quaint, minimalist restaurant in the suburbs of São Paulo, the organic, always-changing dishes make Mani an absolute must. Inspired by Brazil, Spain, and Italy, the husband-and-wife team continuously create plates that fuse cultural tradition with worldly modernity. Every dish, from the smoked salmon toast with pupunha quiche to the lamb and couscous with saffron, is plated beautifully and made with heart.
Brazil is known for its high-quality meat, and what better place to find it than an authentic Brazilian steakhouse. Fogo de Chão is one of the country’s most renowned churrascarias, grilling 15 different cuts of meat, a tradition the founding brothers learned when they were young boys growing up in the countryside. As meat lovers from all over the world began to flock, they started to expand globally, but nothing beats the original.
Situated in the Centro area of Rio de Janeiro, you can sit down for a bite, or grab one of their scrumptious snacks to go. The classic, old-school vibe is characterized by intricate wooden furniture, staff dressed to the nines, and floor to ceiling mirrors that make the whole place seem never-ending. Start your meal off right with some tasty battered shrimp, enjoy a main such as their hearty hamburger, and indulge in one of their many baked goods for dessert.
If you’re up for Brazilian comfort food, check out Dalva e Dito, a fine dining restaurant created by one the world’s top chefs, Alex Alata. Fusing regional dishes and using unique local ingredients, it has become a Brazilian gem. The spacious, rustic interior is only made better with a floor to ceiling glass kitchen that invites diners to see how their food is prepared.