Rio de Janeiro has a surprisingly high number of sushi restaurants and if you visit Ipanema to find one, you’ll be spoiled for choice. An interesting cultural observation is that almost all sushi restaurants in Rio serve sushi with cream cheese – a Brazilian take on sushi that has been adopted nationwide – which may not be authentic but works well. Here are the best sushi restaurants in Ipanema.
Sushi platter at Restaurante Manekineko | (c) Restaurante Manekineko Ipanema
Manekineko Ipanema manages to mix traditional Japanese decor with contemporary design to create a breezy space for dining, setting the scene for a relaxed yet sophisticated evening out. Opt for the sushi rodizio – the all you can eat option – to give you a chance to taste a little bit of everything and pair with one of their delicious cocktails.
One of the best sushi restaurants in town, Yosuki Sushi House provides main courses, a buffet option and a rodizio – an ‘all you can eat’ sushi option. With soft, fresh fish and quality ingredients, the dishes are prepared to look just as delicious as they taste. For its excellent quality, the prices are very reasonable.
Dombri restaurant serves fresh and varied sushi dishes, as well as other traditional Japanese food like noodles, rice bowls and soups. The restaurant is tucked away inside the hotel lobby of the Everest Hotel yet welcomes outside visitors just as much as hotel guests. For decent sushi made with quality ingredients and served by friendly staff, Dombri ticks the boxes.
Set in the heart of Ipanema, Ten Kai prepares traditional Japanese dishes with a contemporary flair. Highlights on the sushi menu include fresh, local oysters, black sea urchin and spicy octopus. If eating there in a group, opt for the sushi boat – a large wooden vessel brimming with different types of sushi that is more than enough for several people. Save room for dessert – the tofu ginger cheesecake is a hit.
Both the decor and the food perfectly complement each other at Gurumê Ipanema. The uber-modern design of curved wooden walls with striking glass sheets and a green color scheme is as equally contemporary as the innovative dishes on the menu, with each option presenting unique creative flair. Highlights include the salmon guacamole, the raw tuna chunks with burrata cheese and the soft ceviche.
Lapamaki offers a selection of main courses, buffet options and all you can eat rodizios. The sushi boats are generously filled with all types of sushi, allowing you to try a little bit of everything – perfect to share when dining as a group. For starters, try the carpaccio de salmon which is served with a thick, sweet sauce.
Serving the residents and tourists in Ipanema for the last ten years, Ipanema Sushi has earned its success by offering quality sushi made with fresh fish and served by friendly waiters. Get there early to nab a seat on the sidewalk to make the most of Rio’s famously sunny, hot days. For the quality sushi on offer, the prices are reasonable.