Three restaurants I would return to during the next Brazil trip:
Leblon is an extremely nice part of Rio and much safer than the rest of the areas. We could quite happily walk around in the area without feeling unsafe. It also appears to be the home of plastic surgeons and fancy restaurants. It’s a cash rich area to say the least…!
I had been reliably informed that Sushi Leblon was the go to place for fresh Asian fusion and it didn’t disappoint. We ordered an incredible sashimi plate to share and ice cold white wine to cool down from the extreme heat outside. The restaurant was completely full 15 minutes after opening so I recommend you to go early if you don’t have a booking.
Sushi Leblon, Rua Dias Ferreira, 256 – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22431-050, Brazil
On our last night in Rio we craved fresh quality food and our hotel recommended us to jump in a taxi to Zuka, also in Leblon. I must recommend the seared tuna with heart of palm tagliatelle in horseradish milk infusion. To die for! I still crave this meal from time to time. We drank a great Argentinian red wine with the tuna, not what I would normally go for, but the pairing worked really well.
Zuka, Rua Dias Ferreira, 233B – Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22431-050, Brazil
This restaurant is in a hotel on the touristy Copacabana, but don’t let that fool you! The diners are all elegant couples chatting about the menu over a caipirinha. We opted for the three course meal with a lovely bottle of wine. The caipirinhas were rather strong in our opinion, but I would highly recommend the scallops. The chocolate fondant is out of this world so if you have extra room go for it.
Sá at Miramar hotel, Av. Atlântica, 3668 – Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro – RJ, 22070-001, Brazil