miranda provides one of the most comfortably upscale
ways to enjoy live music, with a diverse calendar of performers and an extensive menu for dinner and cocktails.
another venue that’s made it onto my list of favorites is
rio Scenarium, a nightclub set in a 19th-century building
in the lively downtown neighborhood called Lapa. make
dinner reservations and show up early to get the best
table near the stage, and allow time to wander among the
three floors, all of which are filled with antiques, vintage
artwork and curiosities from the building’s earlier incarnation as a prop rental store. the dinner and cocktail menus
are impressive, but the main attraction (aside from the
truly unique décor) is the roster of performers—an array
of talented Brazilian bands and singers who never fail to
lure visitors onto the dance floor.
with its rich blend of European, african and indigenous
South american influences, not to mention the allure
of the churrascaría, Brazilian cuisine is a delight for the
taste buds. add to rio’s homegrown appeal the presence
of award-winning chefs and sophisticated international
culinary creations, and it’s clearly fit for any gourmand.
among the big names on the local dining scene is
claude troisgros, a rio-based French chef who oversees several noteworthy venues including the elegant
olympe; one of his newest venues is ct Brasserie, located inside the upscale Village mall in Barra da tijuca.
i have to admit i broke any semblance of my diet here;
i couldn’t resist the ample menu of French-Brazilian delights, including an irresistible codfish appetizer, a deeply satisfying fettucine cremoso, and artistically presented
chocolate mousse and crème brûlée.
BestFork is another important name on rio’s upscale
dining scene. During my most recent visit, i fell in love
with Laguiole, a lunch-only venue on the second floor of
the museu de arte moderno, where the excellent international cuisine is presented with a creative finesse that
complements the artistry of the museum’s collections.
also of note in the BestFork portfolio is Giuseppe Grill
mar, an attractive seafood venue that enjoys a prime location at the Lagoon entertainment complex. [
WINE & DINE
The warm seafood
salad at Guiseppe Grill
in Leblon, top left.
Top right, Thomas and
Claude Troisgros of
Olympe where patrons
page: the enticing
fettucine cremoso at