Giuseppe Grill serves typical and authentic Brazilian barbecue as well as other international meat cuts, such as the English prime rib that is large and full of flavor. One of the best Brazilian cuts to look out for is the picanha, a Brazilian classic known for its tenderness and soft, juicy rim of fat. The meats come served with a variety of sides, most notably the zucchini farofa, the potato souffle and the grilled vegetables. The appetizer of sausages is a great choice, too.
CT Boucherie is a French bistro that comes with a high reputation of serving some of the best meat in the city. Various options to choose from include T-bones, black angus, and filet mignon cuts. The customer chooses their desired cut of meat and then chooses accompaniments from waiters that walk around with various types, resembling a walking, moving buffet. Some of the best options are the roasted banana, the crispy potatoes, the gratin with Gruyère cheese, the ‘crazy’ rice (rice mixed with various ingredients) and the stuffed tomatoes.
With both excellent food and cocktail menus, Bar D’hotel is a great place to both eat and drink. The cocktails are extremely inventive and creative, with any one on the menu being dangerously delicious. For starters, the steak tartare is a popular choice, as is the squid and prawns in a crispy cashew crust. For the main course, the filet au chocolat is a surprising hit — the chocolate only adds to the intensity of the flavor of the meat. This restaurant is sophisticated, making it a great option for a fancy night out.
Manekineko, a Japanese restaurant, serves an extensive selection of sushi and authentic Japanese dishes. The tuna sashimi with mushrooms and macadamia is delicious, as is the hot gourmet option that is rolled rice with cream cheese and both smoked and fresh salmon. The rodizio is the most successful and popular service on the menu; it’s an all you can eat Japanese food dinner where you select what you want from a list of numerous delicious items.
The lines and reservation waits don’t lie; this is one of the best sushi joints in Rio. In addition to the usual sushi and sashimi on the menu, there is also king crab, salmon with quinoa crust and white marlin with a truffle sauce. The dessert is exotic and instantly ties with the whole Japanese ambiance; one of the most notable options is a green tea cake with white chocolate sauce.