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Rio's wealthy elite flock to this upscale restaurant in leafy Santa Teresa to enjoy fine food and even finer views. Head Chef Damien Montecer has previously worked with Michelin-starred British Chef Gordon Ramsay, and here he serves immaculately presented pan-national dishes to a monied clientele. Tereze is housed within the elegant confines of Hotel Santa Teresa, and offers panoramic views over Guanabara Bay and Central Rio.
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.
Hungry shoppers at Botafogo's Rio Sul shopping mall should make a beeline for this surprisingly good value spot, which sits right at the heart of the shopping action. Snacks such as sandwiches can be found here, but the main attraction is the hearty main dishes, such as steak with a fiery pepper sauce and potatoes augratin, or fish filet in a mild curry sauce. Those looking for a sweet treat to fuel their shopping spree should not miss the delicious hot chocolate, served with English cream. Decadent but delicious.
Its all about the little touches at the Zaza Bistro Tropical, located on the corner of Rua Prudente de Morais and Joana Angelica in a pretty villa that by night is one of the city's most welcoming restaurants. Candles light the collection of tables on the outdoors terrace, whilst the few indoor tables are festooned with rich, deep colors, all waited on by friendly staff. The food is as good as the setting too, with a small but well considered menu offering delicate fusion foods, taking the best of Thai, Indian, and even Jamaican food, often giving it a Brazilian twist. The fish is invariably excellent but if it's the cocktail menu that draws your attention, the Middle-Eastern inspired room upstairs laden with cushions allows you to recline on and ease into the evening.
A brainchild of chef proprietor Ronaldo Canha, Quadrucci is an elegant restaurant offering delicious Italian cuisine in Rio's Leblon neighborhood. The food served here doest not stick to traditional Italian methods, but blends in an international touch. The result is innovative dishes like mushroom ragu prepared with gorgonzola and Paris mushroom and gratin made with funghi and gnocchi. The menu changes seasonally to reflect the best ingredients of the time. Dim lighting surrounds a charming decor, giving Quadrucci Leblon a romantic ambiance, making it an ideal option for dates.
Zuka offers a smart but relaxed dining experience without pretension either in the restaurant itself, nor on the menu. The lunchtime menu changes regularly but the reassuringly ever-present burgers are some of the best you will find anywhere in Rio. By night as the mood changes and the lights dim, complimentary starters of soup shots' get this started nicely. Excellent seafood, pastas and risotto make Zuka an excellent destination on a street that isn't short on options.