We're in Rio now, staying in Ipanema. Since we broke the budget in Sao Paulo, we'd like suggestions for memorable dining in Rio (particularly Ipanema, Copacabana and Leblon) that is around R$50 per person (in other words affordable) for dinner. We really like modern, creative food. We've read the restaurant suggestions for Rio on Chow's South America Board (as well as Lonely Planet and the Quatro Rodas Guidebook) so we're looking for new ideas. In the past couple of days, we eaten dinner in our neighborhood at:
Opium Restaurant, Rua Farme de Amoeda, Ipanema (good, not cheap)
Via Farme, Rua Farme de Amoeda, Ipanema (good and inexpensive)
Galitos (R$37 for a complete meal for 2!), Rua Farme de Amoeda, Ipanema. The chicken was good and not too dry.
Fazendola (R$37 for a complete meal for 2!), Praca Gal Osorio, Rua Jangeriros 24,Ipanema. The buffet was good.
and lunch at
Celeiro, Dias Ferreira 199 in Leblon (very good, not cheap)
Alessandro e Frederico, R. Garcia D'Avila 151, Ipanema (good and over-priced)
A Chowhounder called kiwichef gave us the following suggestions:
My favorite churrasco for lunctimes is "Barao" and Rua Candido Mendes (the Gloria end) ...it's packed out with a male dominated clientele who enjoy barbeque food, beans(feijoa), arroz, french fries, salad, vinagrette, olive oil, limes and your favortie bbq beef, chicken, or pork...for $8.00 reias. The atmosphere is real working class, down and dirty but the food is fast and fresh off the grill.....
Another place I go for barsnacks, and great Arabian food is Restuarant Kuwait...in Cinleandia, in a a small sidestreet, off the street the Theatre or Teatro is on...I don't know the name I'm sorry...it's a street between the Teatro and Petrobras building.. and is a real pedestrian thorougfare. The quibes, and limes here are the best in Rio...at lunchtimes this place packs out with over a 100 at each sitting, with the business crowd ...the pay about 24 reias a piece for some top notch Arabian cuisine. I love this place.
Another hole in the wall I go to is a place called Eskimo Restaurant downtown in Rua Travessa de Lavradio ( I think) gett off at Carioca station, cross Rio Branco and, and its off Rua Assembleia I think. ...there's also a great bookshop in the same street, other places worth going for lunch are Bar Luiz on Carioca Street for some authentic German fare...I like it for lunch and good beer, and their potato salad is esquisite
Most cariocas eat out for lunch, and have a light dinner...so the real restuarant bustle and buzz is at lunch times...
I dont eat at fine dining places much. I understand Satyricon is the best seafood....shellfish...... Food from Minas Gerias or Mineiro cuisine is very good...if you a sign advertising food caseira comida, that means homemade and it's often good.
Any help you can provide would be much appreciated.