I'm here for one month and looking for restaurant ideas beyond churrasco. Let me know!
I found out about a great buffet place today near the Public Market downtown in a 1940 office building. It's on a top floor with views of the river, 25 foot ceilings and beautiful stained glass panels of birds and flowers. The buffet was about 25 reais ($10) and high quality with duck a la orange, filet mignon with mushrooms, salmon with capers, various cheeses, salads etc etc etc plus a great dessert bar, I went with the dark and white chocolate crepe with hot melted chocolate sauce. Good service, simple but elegant with tablecloths.
It's called Berna (like Bern Switzerland) and it's in the Federasul Palacio do Comercio at Largo Visconde de Cairu, 17 Centro on the 7th floor. Very near the Public Market downtown. firstname.lastname@example.org phone is 51.3286.7577