Eating out in Porto Alegre is an extraordinary, multicultural experience. The name of the city translates from Portuguese as ‘happy harbour’and, as the largest city of the Brazilian state of Rio Grande Do Sul, there is no shortage of international influence drifting into the port every day. We explore Porto Alegre’s multifaceted dining scene and take a tour of its 10 must-try restaurants, from Brazilian churrascarias to Indian and Arab treats.
To look at, the Tudo Pelo Social would not seem an instant draw to many, in effect just being a large, open dining hall, but glance around and it’s hard not to notice how crowded the establishment is. The basic presentation is in keeping with the rice dishes and grills it serves but they are dished up in gargantuan portions at absolutely minimal prices. Fine dining this most certainly is not, but by offering up these simple, classic staples, the Tudo Pelo Social offers a real taste of Brazil without a romanticised façade put up for the tourists, and is one of the most authentic culinary establishments in Porto Alegre.
A vegan restaurant that breathes sustainability and environmentalism, Bonobo serves all sorts of treats for the eco-conscious consumer from small snacks like vegan cookies and brownies served with sorbet to a full-blown lunch menu that boasts toasted sandwiches, veggie burgers and burritos. All the dishes here are prepared with exclusively organic ingredients, while drinks such as shakes and hot chocolate made with almond milk provide specialty refreshment. Beyond dining, there is also a library with a wealth of vegan cookbooks that can be perused, so that customers can try their own hand at cooking up some of the treats they’ve been served at Bonobo.
Serving generous portions of authentic Thai food, Koh Pee Pee serves up some of the finest Asian cuisine in Porto Alegre. With main dishes ranked by the level of spice they have, there is fair warning on the menu to those who prefer mild tastes as opposed to the hotter dishes. For those who know how to handle their spice, the green curry with shrimps may well suit their palate. Profoundly Thai in both presentation and ambience, the décor takes from royal Thai themes and offers up luxurious surroundings to dine in.
Koh Pee Pee, Rua Schiller 83, Porto Alegre, RS, Brazil, +55 51 3333 5150