Things to do in RIO DE JANEIRO BRAZIL | Cuisines and Restaurant

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Walk with Cham's Brazilian Hairventure: Brazilian Cuisines and Delicacies 

Eating has always been an important part of Walk with Cham's travels so Mama & I tasted all possible food & drinks Brazil has to offer.

Feijoada at Casa da Feijoada
On top of our list! Feijoada is Brazil's national dish of flavorful stew of pork and black beans. Brazilian Feijoada was the luxury dish of African slaves and now considered to be a Brazilian delicacy. The most popular feijoada restaurant is at Casa da Feijoada, they have a branch in Ipanema so my Mama & I went there for dinner. 

We went there early so we don't have to wait to be seated.

We had two orders of feijoada not knowing that one order is enough for the both of us (I think Asians eat less than South Americans). Feijoada is composed of black beans, salted pork or beef products (such as ears, feet, tail) bacon, rice, farofa, pork crackling (their version of chicharon), collard greens (their version of pechay), vegetables such as banana or cassava and orange. So since we had no idea on how to eat it, we asked a waitstaff to prepare the meal for us.

When you order a Feijoada, they will automatically give you a cachaca (part of the bill), a Brazilian liquor made from sugarcane. We also got to taste the national cocktail of Brazil, caipirinha. It was a complimentary drink given to us because we checked in at Hotel Ipanema Inn. We were just asking the concierge for directions on how to go here and he told us that he can give us free drinks if we want to, of course who will say no to FREE stuff (kahit mahina tolerance namin ni Mama sa alcohol) 

Note: you can ask the waitstaff to lessen the alcohol content of the caipirinha if you are not a heavy drinker. 

I love feijoada! Maybe the rich history behind it made it even more delectable to my taste. Of course we didn't get to finish everything because of the BIG serving but eating feijoada is a Brazilian experience every tourist shouldn't miss.

Address: Rua Prudente de Moraes 10, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
Price: R$55 (P1,060)
Operating hours: Daily, 12nn-12mn
Phone: +55 21 2247 2776

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  • Address
    • Rua Prudente de Morais 10B Ipanema
  • Phone
    • 2247-2776
  • Price
    • feijoada R$55
  • Hours
    • noon-midnight

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    Churrasco at Carretao Churrascaria 
    Churrasco is a style of cooking which means 'barbecue' in Portuguese. Churrascaria is a steakhouse where churrasco is being served. Churrascaria is one of the most famous dining places is Brazil. Mama & I opted to dine at a well known Churrascaria in Copacabana, Carretao Steakhouse, which is just a few blocks away from our hotel, JW Marriot.

    Churrascaria is usually an eat-all-you can dining. In Carretao, they have a buffet of salad, sushi & cold cuts.

    Different complimentary sidings like bread, fries, banana fritters, and fried cassava are also served.

    The moment you sit down, a number of alternating waiters carrying giant skewers will offer you slices of barbecued beef, pork and chicken. They will do this consistently until you say no.

    They also offer different types of dessert with extra fee.

    Address: Rua Siqueira Campos, 23 Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
    Price: R$ 57.00 (P1,100)
    Operating hours: Daily, 12nn-11:30pm
    Phone: +55 21 2542-2148 

    Desserts, Pastries & Coffee at Confeitaria Colombo
    Confeitaria Colombo is a pastry & coffeeshop that is already part of the cultural and artistic heritage of the city. It is also chosen as one of the top 10 most beautiful cafes in the world.

    Not really on our list, it was part of our Colonial Walking Tour with Lisa but we were thankful she brought us here. We ordered strawberry croissant, egg tarts & their best selling cappuccino.

    Address: Rua Goncalves Dias 32, Centro, Rio de Janeiro
    Operating hours: Mondays-Fridays 9am-8pm, Saturday 9am-5pm
    Phone: +55 21 2505 1500

    Coffee in Armazem do Cafe
    Visited another cafe, Armazem do Cafe was recommended to us by our hotel's concierge in Hotel Ipanema Inn because we wanted something to bring back home as pasalubong and they say that Brazilian coffee is a perfect souvenir. 

    Of course we have to try it first before buying for our family and friends. Mama ordered cappuccino R$7.60 (P147) then I ordered chocolate R$5.10 (P99). This cafe is an affordable place to hang out and relax

    Address: Rua Jangadeiros 28, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
    Operating hours: Sunday-Thursday 9am-12am, Friday-Saturday 9am-1am
    Phone: +55 21 25219610
    Zaza Bistro Tropical
    Saw this restaurant on Trip Advisor and read the impeccable reviews and pretty photos. Zaza Bistro Tropical is the first contemporary restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. It became popular for its eclectic and whimsical interiors and of course the satisfying dishes they offer.

    We ordered their Lunch Friendly Menu that has set meals that vary everyday. The dish for that day, Wednesday is Grilled Chicken with black rice, roasted garlic and vegetable of the day for R$39 (P749) that comes with an organic salad and dessert.

    There are two options for dessert, one is African Vanilla Ice Cream with a spoon of chocolate brigadier with ground Maria biscuit and the other one is Fruit Salad with lemon grass, natural sauce and Graviola sorbet. We ordered those two so we can taste them both.

    Mama & I really enjoyed the experience here. It was refreshing and homey, I heard from reviews that this place is always jam packed so we got here early (even before opening time!) so we had good seats outside. The food was superb! I fell in love with the desserts! Love love Zaza Bistro Tropical <3

    Address: Rua Joana Angélica, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
    Operating hours: Monday- Tuesdays 7:30pm-12:30am, Wednesdays-Thursdays 12:00pm-12:30am, Fridays 12:00pm-1:30am, Saturdays 1:00pm-1:30am, Sundays 1:00pm-12:30am
    Phone: +55 21 2247-9101

    Pizza in La Mole 
    Brazil is home to the largest population of Italians outside Italy so there are a lot of Italian restaurants in Rio de Janeiro. La Mole is one of the most popular Italian restaurants in Ipanema (as told by our hotel concierge)

    We ordered Pizza Portuguesa R$34.30 and Special Salad

    Address: Rua Joana Angelica, 159, Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro
    Operating hours: Sunday to Thursday 11am- 12am, Friday and Saturday 11am- 1am.
    Phone: +55 21 3460 0800

    Shake & fast food at Big Nectar
    You can find several fruit shake stands around Rio de Janeiro and Big Nectar is a shake stand and fast-food store with numerous branch in the city. Fruit shakes are rampant in Rio because of the variety of fruits found in this tropical region.

    Aside from fresh fruit shakes you can also order ala carte meals. If you want to experience eating what the Cariocas eat everyday, this is the perfect venue to do so. I ordered tutti frutti shake, a combination of 4 fruits- strawberry, banana, pineapple & watermelon & filet mignon with rice, mashed potato, salad and veggies. Mama ordered kiwi shake & grilled chicken with rice, mashed potato, salad and veggies. Because the food in Brazil is very expensive, I highly recommend you to eat in this simple no frills fast-food, the dishes are good and cheap (but not that cheap compared to Filipino fast-food restaurants).

    Branche Restaurant
    Just beside JW Marriot lies a fine dining restaurant that offers modern Brazilian dishes advocating its cuisines in world class setting.

    We visited this place because it was recommended by a fellow Pinay which we met during a group tour, Branche Restaurant is located at Tulip Inn Hotel which is just beside our hotel (as you know we are kinda wary to go out at night)

    Overlooking the sea of Copacabana and navy style decor, Branche Restaurant is a romantic place to dine at night. They offer deconstructed Brazilian dishes which we were confused at the beginning but later on understood the menu- ordered two appetizers- Brazilian Gourmet Deep Fried Pastry R$27 (P518), 5 pieces of crispy thin crust stuffed with typical ingredients from various regions of Brazil- (1) Stewed shrimp (2) Three cheeses (3) Shredded drake and polenta (4) Feijoada (5) Moratadella and the other dish is Chupitos do Peru R$35 (P673)- Trio of marinated white fish 'Ceviche', served in traditional way, refreshing watermelon and shrimp, all served in 'Cachaca' glass

    We also ordered 2 glasses cachaca, take note that if you are not an alcohol drinker, don't order too many (even 1 shot is too much for me)

    The fellow Pinay recommended their dessert, Perolas Negras R$15 (P289) - chocolate truffles filled with Amazonian fruits, capuacu, acai coffee & peppers. This is what we really really liked! I recommend you to eat here for the truffles although the dishes were not that bad din naman but very expensive (well all restaurants in Brazil are expensive). Basta visit this place for the truffles :)

    Address: Tulip Inn Hotel - Avenida Atlantica, 2554, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro
    Operating hours: Daily from 6am to 10am and noon-thirty to midnight.
    Phone: +55 21 3545-5100

    Mio Ristorante
    Had our complimentary lunch in this Italian Restaurant called Mio Ristorante. It was included in our guided tour so it's a compulsory to eat here.

    Mio Ristorante is an Italian Restaurant that has cozy and comfy ambiance. We only had two choices for our lunch meal, one pasta and another one is the passion fruit omelet as appetizer (which I didn't like) and chicken fillet with rice as the main entree. They also offer bread and sidings for starters.

    I also got this opportunity to take a picture of the tour group.

    Address: Rua Farme De Amoedo, Ipanema, Rio De Janeiro
    Operating hours: Monday- Tuesdays 7:30pm-12:30am, Wednesdays-Thursdays 12:00pm-12:30am, Fridays 12:00pm-1:30am, Saturdays 1:00pm-1:30am, Sundays 1:00pm-12:30am
    Phone: +55 21 2523-2886

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    1. My gosh! Mouth watering! :))) numnum :)) Ms cham honestly Im so inlove with all your brazilianventure blogged. Super nakaka ibspire mag travel. :))) Thank you! Love love love. :))

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