Body-conscious Brazilians have responded enthusiastically to the arrival of sushi in the city, and Rio de Janeiro Asian restaurants offer plenty of opportunity to snack on sushi as well as Thai and Cantonese dishes.
There are countless sushi restaurants in Rio de Janeiro today, and among the most enduringly popular is the elegant Madame Butterfly, in Leblon, our number one pick. It's not the cheapest Japanese restaurant in Rio, but for quality food and a sophisiticated ambience, it's hard to beat.
Chinese restaurants in Rio de Janeiro are more difficult to track down, with Mr. Lam in Jardim Botanico being one of very few places in the city to enjoy high quality Cantonese food.
Thai cuisine is emerging onto the Rio de Janeiro restaurant scene, with Zaza Bistro Tropical and Nam Thai both good places to sample Rio's take on Thai cuisine.
Rua Barão da Torre, 472
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Avenida Maria Angélica, 21
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Rua Visconde de Itaboraí 8
Rua Joana Angélica, 40
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Avenida Atlantica 2600
Marriott Hotel, 1st Floor
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Rua Rainha Guilhermina 95, lojas A & B
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Praia de Botafogo 316, loja A