Ultimately cool waterfront dining -- the room is vast and gorgeous, mixing wood and stone and glass with open views over the waterside deck and the harbor and bay beyond. The cuisine takes traditional Bahian ingredients -- mandioc and seafood principally -- and puts them to use in innovate ways, always with lovely presentation. For starters we had lambrettas (a local shellfish) in white wine, rolinhos de camarão (little shrimp rolls), and a salad of octopus and sweet potato. For mains we threw ourselves completely into the ocean, trying the giant squid stuffed with shrimp and leek in a Provençal sauce, the shrimp in a Gorgonzola and pistachio sauce, and a broiled badejo filet in a crust of cashews with an okra tapenade, and banana purée on the side. The cashew crust made the fish perhaps a tad drier than it ought to have been -- but that is but a minor complaint in what was all in all a sophisticated and delicious parade of seafood dishes. For those not into fish, the menu boasts an equally intriguing array of chicken and beef creations. The wine list is a little on the pricey side -- nothing good for under R$100/US$50/£27, though they do eminently acceptable champagne in the R$40 (US$20/£11) range. Service is young, pretty, and efficient.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Highly Recommended 2010