Rua Barão da Torre, 472
22411-002 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
tel: 55 21 2267 4347
NileGuide Expert tip:
Although a new branch of Madame Butterfly has now opened in Barra da Tijuca, the Ipanema branch scores points for it's location just a few blocks from the beach and close to local clubs and bars.
While there's no shortage of Japanese restaurants in Rio (sushi being a huge hit with body-conscious beach bunnies), Madame Butterfly is the place to come if you are looking for superior food in sophisticated surrounds. Chef Marina Kuniy has come up with an innovative menu that veers away from the ubiquitous sushi cones and yakisoba. The pancakes filled with duck, shiitake mushrooms and orange sauce is a case in point. As well as a-la-carte options, the restaurant offers a good-value rodizio, (all you can eat, with waiters bringing a rotation of different dishes to your table) for less than R$50 after 5pm and all day during weekends.