The influence of Portuguese colonisation has had a significant impact on Brazilian cuisine, and Rio de Janeiro Portuguese restaurants are great places to try the original versions of the dishes that have since acquired a more local flavor.
Our number one pick, Antiquarius, manages to be upscale without being stuffy, and is one of the best places to try traditional Portuguese food in Rio.
Rio de Janeiro Portuguese restaurants tend to make ample use of bacalhau
, the salted cod that is imported from Europe at great expense. When correctly prepared, the fish should not taste overly salty, and there are some excellent bacalhau dishes on the menu at Adega Flor de Coimbra, one of the oldest Portuguese restaurants in Rio de Janeiro.
Bacalhau has also made it onto the menus of informal bars and restaurants across Rio, in the form of bolinhos de bacalhau,
delicious little cod and potato balls. Manuel e Joaquim, the bar-restaurant chain with branches across the city, is a good place to try them while sipping an ice cold beer.
Rua Aristides Espínola, 19
Rua Teotônio Regadas 34
Rua Inhangá 30
Praça Marechal Âncora, 186
Rua Guilhermina, 596, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brazil
Av. Infante Dom Henrique
Marina da Glória
Rua Barros Alarção 476
Pedra de Guaratiba
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