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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.
The rich flavors of Thai cuisine come alive in Rio at Sawasdee Bistrô. The preparations, while staying true to Thai recipes, blend in a delightful mix of local ingredients, giving it a Brazilian flair. The pad thai is definitely a reason to visit this restaurant, but don not miss out on the delicious seafood dishes, especially the grilled fish. Sawasdee Bistrô also offers a wonderful range of vegetable preparations to cater to the vegetarian palate.
One of just a scattering of good Thai restaurants in Rio, Nam Thai is located at the heart of Leblon's dining scene. Chef David Zisman has created a menu that combines traditional Thai cuisine with a dash of Brazil thrown in. The dim sum here are excellent, particularly the version with shrimp, shiitake mushroom and pork, while adventurous foodies might want to try unusual dishes such as sliced filet mignon with coconut milk and peanut sauce, served with a cinnamon-spiced curry. The lunchtime set meals are good value and include an entrée, main course and dessert.