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Nestled in the southern tip of Brazil, Porto Alegre is the ideal spot for recuperation after sampling the buzzing party atmospheres of Rio de Janeiro or Salvador. Here’s our guide to eating out in Porto Alegre, exploring the very best spots to dine.
For something slightly spicier than traditional Brazilian fare, head to the authentic Thai restaurant Koh Pee Pee. A favourite amongst local foodies, the dishes are ranked according to the strength of spice, ensuring that diners will never order something too hot (or to mild) for their tastes. Decorated in the regal Thai manner, Koh Pee Pee is a luxurious dining establishment and the perfect place to indulge in a special meal. The dishes are bursting with flavour and expertly prepared – those with a preference for hotter dishes should try the green curry with shrimps, whilst those looking for something milder should order the chicken and cashew nuts with fragrant jasmine rice.
Koh Pee Pee, Rua Schiller 83, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, +55 51 3333 5150
As one of the most popular bistros in the city, Chicafundo has honed the skill of appearing almost effortlessly perfect. From the mismatched furnishings and wall decorations to the ever-changing and perpetually creative menu, there’s nothing not to love about this homely yet sophisticated eatery. The chef, Elisa Prenna, always manages to find the time to step away from the kitchen and engage with all the guests, ensuring that they are receiving the very highest quality experience and enjoying her dishes. Rather than preparing an a la carte menu, the varied selection of dishes changes weekly, presenting customers with entirely different flavours and new dishes. Previous dishes have included oriental steak with jasmine rice,guioza salad and sweet chilli and pork spaghetti.
Chicafundo, Rua Coronel Bordini 232, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, +55 51 3028 6091
Although catering mainly for meat enthusiasts, Na Brasa is everything an eager appetite could ask for. To do things in style, ask for the tasting menu, which will provide a constant stream of freshly cooked succulent meats brought to you and carved at the table. Sausages, rib-eye, chorizo, top sirloin, bottom sirloin, ribs, lamb, veal, chicken and fish can all be enjoyed in abundance. A selection of side dishes and salads are available to be enjoyed alongside the hearty fare and the huge array of different red wines on offer will sate any wine aficionado and perfectly complement the repast.
Na Brasa, Rua Ramiro Barcelos 389, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, +55 51 3225 2205
Takedo provides an unbeatable buffet-spread of sushi, sashimi and seafood dishes for guests to enjoy. Alongside this locally renowned all-you-can-eat buffet option, diners are also welcome to order from the popular a la carte menu. Two particularly highly recommended dishes are the hot Takedo sushi starter followed by the blackened tuna with a sesame seed coating. The quality is so high that the premium prices are easily justified. On warm evenings, choose to sit on the covered deck area to luxuriate in the elegant surroundings and enjoy a slice of Japan in the heart of Brazil.
Takedo, Rua Carvalho Monteiro 397, Bela Vista, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, +55 51 3388 5097
By far one of the most authentic eateries in Porto Alegre, Tudo Pelo Social is the place to go to truly dine like a local. There are no fancy facades, elaborate furnishings or fine dining menus, yet Tudo Pelo maintains a large and loyal customer base. Almost styled akin to an artsy, laid-back canteen, diners sit side by side on long benches whilst tucking into delicious, generous portions of grilled meats and perfectly prepared rice dishes, sipping on chopp beer. A firm favourite amongst locals, this style of eatery is common throughout Brazil and makes for a great lunch or dinner spot for those eager to get the full Brazilian culinary experience.