Rio de Janeiro is full of small cozy restaurants as well as luxurious ones. Ipanema, Leblon, Copacabana, and Leme concentrate many of the best restaurants, cafes, and snack bars of the city. Many well known restaurants are very affordable and have a buffet style where clients pay by the weight of the food they served on the plate. These restaurants offer a wide variety of dishes and are ideal for families and groups of friends. Rio also presents elegant and more expensive restaurants which are specialized in different cuisine styles such as Italian food, Portuguese food or German food.
The Japanese culture also has a strong influence in Rio’s gastronomy, having Brazil has the largest Japanese community outside Japan. During the last decades the sushi has become a popular dish among the cariocas and numerous elegant restaurants became specialized in Japanese food.
Rio de Janeiro’s cuisine is characterized by the exquisite specialties in seafood dishes. Shrimps, lobster, calamari, shellfish, clams, mollusks and many other tasty fishes are some of the favorites at the best restaurants. Even though seafood is popular in Rio, it is considered expensive when comparing to other kinds of food.
The “churrascarias” are restaurants characterized by serving the best grilled meat. The “rodizios” are restaurants where a never ending parade of waiters continuously bring trays of meat to the tables. In these restaurantes you pay a fixed fee and you can eat as much as you desire.
Brazil’s most famous dish is the "feijoada", which consists of a black bean stew filled with a variety of dried, salted and smoked meats, accompanied by white rice, finely shredded kale, farofa (manioc root meal toasted with butter) and sliced oranges. The feijoada dish is very popular all across the country and it is commonly eaten for Saturday lunch, both at home and at the better restaurants, as well as in special celebrations.
Hotels in Rio usually offer buffet breakfasts which include sandwich meats, cheeses, breads, yogurt and lots of fruits.
Some of the most popular restaurants in Rio are:
• Filé de Ouro
• CBF Restaurant
• Zazá Bistrô
• Azul Marinho
• Via Sete
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