With the 2016 Olympic Games just on the horizon, there has never been a better time to compile a list showcasing the very best eateries in and around Rio de Janeiro. Although Michelin only released their first guide for Rio in 2015, there are presently six one star restaurants in the city. Here is a selection of our picks in the run of to the Games:
Lead by French chef Damien Montecer, Térèze is well known for its cuisine mixing French and Brazilian techniques. The menu features a huge selection of starters, fish and meat specialties, as well as desserts and cocktails.
Restaurant Olympe’s one Michelin star cuisine combines a French approach with Brazilian ingredients. The restaurant offers regional and organic produce like fresh hearts of pupunha palm and mushrooms from the Itaipava mountains. The kitchen is led by Claude Troisgros and his son Thomas. Since his arrival in Brazil in 1979, he has specialised French food made with Brazilian grown produce.
The vision of celebrity chef Ken Hom, this Michelin star venue will guide you through countries including Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Japan. Michelin recommends the spicy Thai salad with tangerine and quail egg sushi with truffle.
Led by chef Joachim Koerper, Eleven Rio plays on the look and feel of world renowned restaurant Eleven Lisbon. On the menu you can expect to find delicate dishes like cucumber gazpacho with lobster, tuna tartare with mango and terrine of foie gras, fillet mignon with polenta and suckling pig confit.
Boasting a beautiful crowd and simplest of sashimi, Sushi Leblon is the chicest sushi restaurant in Rio. High on ambience, this eatery offers guests menus in English and Portuguese. Known for its A-list Hollywood clientele.