The Fasano franchise is renowned across the country for their gourmet Italian cuisine, and their Gero branch in Brasilia’s Iguatemi mall lives up to the high expectations. Taste reigns supreme here, with the slick yet casual decor channeling something of a rustic Mediterranean ambiance. It is completed by low lighting, simple furnishings, and indoor plants carefully placed around tables adorned with pristine white tablecloths. The menu includes a range of pasta and seafood, and artfully constructed desserts, as pleasurable to behold as they are to taste.
On the edge of Brasilia’s expansive artificial lake, Lago Paranoá, Restaurante Aquavit is one of the best places for fine dining, enhanced by the spectacular location. Chef Simon Lau Cederholm, originally from Denmark, serves up sophisticated dishes that play on traditional and contemporary cuisines. Guests are encouraged to opt for the innovative five-course monthly taster menu, which uses seasonal and regional produce to create inspired seafood dishes with delicate sauces. These include marinated and grilled tuna with tomatoes, honey jataí, ginger and vanilla cerrado, and inventive meat plates with fresh vegetable sides, such as rack of lamb with eryngui mushrooms, grilled okra and a wine reduction. The style is elegant, and each course is complemented by a carefully chosen wine-pairing, for a comprehensive gastronomical experience on the shore.