A deliciously traditional Brazilian meal!
Prepare yourself for this feast!
The Brazilian churrascarias (where the meat is barbequed in churrasco style) have expanded over the last few years, giving American burger joints and Italian pizzerias a run for their money in the large shopping centres. Although it originated in the ‘gaúcho’ area of Southern Brazil, you can see people enjoying churrasco meat anywhere in the country, including Río de Janeiro. Making it is easy: throw some meat of your choice on the barbeque, cut it up, marinate and grill the chunks of meat over the embers and finally add some coarse salt. One of Río’s most popular churrascarias is Taberna Carioca on Carioca Street, which offers succulent barbequed meat at affordable prices. Carretão (www.carretaochurrascaria.com.br) is another, more traditional, place with almost 30 years’ experience in the art of barbequing meat. It has restaurants in Copacabana (Siqueira Campos Street) and Ipanema (Visconde de Pirajá Street) and offers not only churrasco, but also salads and Japanese cuisine. Churrascaria Porçao (www.porcao.com.br) on Avenida Infante Dom Enrique is one of the finest restaurants on Flamengo Beach, and its prestigious meat is accompanied by an extensive wine list. It is also an ideal place to see the Sugar Loaf Mountain whilst enjoying your meal.