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This small eatery, located at the intersection of Benevenuto Berna and São Francisco Xavier streets, brings alive the flavors of the far east in Rio. The restaurant gets its name from mitsuba, a type of parsley commonly used in Japanese cuisine. Seafood preparations are the highlight of Japanese cuisine, and at Restaurante Mitsuba be assured of being served fresh fish. A variety of dishes, ranging across sushi, sashimi, gyoza, soba, rolls, soups and more, fill up their menu. Mistuba also offers a limited range of sakes (Japanese liquor) to complement your meal.
Hachiko in Downtown Rio is one of the most popular sushi bars in the city. Serving a wide range of Japanese food with pan-Asian undertones and a strong western influence, the restaurant is essentially a contemporary, fusion affair. Uber chic meets the exotic East at this joint, which features traditional-looking bamboo bar-stools, wooden tables and chairs against a backdrop of intense crimsons. Buzzing with people and positive energy, Hachiko is a great place for amazing food and interesting conversations.
One of the oldest Japanese restaurants in Rio, Miako has been serving up delicious dishes since 1972. Located at the heart of Rio's Japanese and Chinese community in Botafogo, the restaurant's menus come in both Japanese and Portuguese. Sushi and noodle dishes are all very good here, and the lunchtime Japan Fest allows diners to choose from over 45 options, among them sashimi, sushi and spring rolls. The à la carte choices feature steamed dim sum, crispy vegetables and plenty of chicken dishes, all of which can be enjoyed among décor and furnishings typical of the far east.
This sleek and chic Japanese restaurant in the picturesque Lagoa neighborhood of Rio is the perfect spot for a romantic meal, and the emphasis on fresh, natural, seasonal ingredients and light dishes means you can feast away without too many pangs of guilt. The sushi chef creates beautifully-presented sushi and sashimi, with the Combinado Omura, a taster menu named in honor of the chef, a great way to sample several of his delicious dishes. With three covered verandas, alfresco dining is always an option here, but with these tables in demand it is worth calling in advance to secure your spot.
Housed within the plush walls of the JW Marriott Hotel, this stylish sushi restaurant is open to the public and serves dishes to a discerning clientele. Sushi chef Thales Watson expertly creates delicacies such as the philadelfia especial, with hot cream cheese, salmon and mock-caviar. Options range from plates of several pieces, with prices for eight pieces to an all-you-can eat service, where the sushi and seafood is brought over to your table until you have had your fill. For seafood-lovers, the smoked squid is well worth a try.
Be it breakfast, lunch or dinner, Stalos cafe is open all day and night serving delicious sumptuous meals. The menu features an extensive range of local and international dishes. Take your pick from grilled meat, sandwiches, pizzas, salads and various meat and seafood preparations. Fruit juices, health drinks and local coffees are available to accompany your food. Located at one end of Copacabana, this cafe is an ideal place to refuel yourself after a joyful day at the beach.
Visit the website, select your table, click and reserve it, then simply prepare yourself for one of Leblon's favorite dining experiences. The décor is straight out of Notting Hill, all wooden panels and soft leather, as well as several great window seats. Or you can choose to sit at the bar, watching the chefs at their craft and choosing what looks best. Sushi Leblon offers unusual sushi and sashimi such as oyster, sea urchin and octopus, and the house special, seared tuna with foie gras. As for drinks, the caipisaque – offered with lime or lychee – should not be missed.