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“On top of Ipanema, top food standards, very good indeed.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Galani

Galani
Avenida Vieira Souto 460, Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil (Lagoa)
55 (21) 2525 2525
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Ranked #228 of 8,661 Restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
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Neighborhood: Lagoa
York, United Kingdom
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47 restaurant reviews
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“On top of Ipanema, top food standards, very good indeed.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2014

The Galani Restaurant sits 23 floors up overlooking the legendary beach at Ipanema with spectacular views. Chef Willans introduced his new menu only days ago and we had been invited to taste and comment by the charming hotel Guest Experience Coordinator, Ximena Salaverria.

We could not fault the location. The service was patchy with half (the most important part) of my excellent first course being 5 minutes late. Never the less the Cacarola de Foie Gras con frutas secas (Foie Gras casserole with dry fruits and Tapioca Crepe stuffed with vanilla infused pear) was excellent and different. The Tutu com Torresma de Ontem, the dish of the singer Vinicius de Morais was less so. A complicated piece of pork (basically rolled belly) worked less well for me.

My wife ate more simply than I! She chose a very nice Tian of cod for a starter and then Sea Bream. Both were excellent.

Water was bottled, ice was quickly brought and replaced. Bread was good.

For the wine I ordered the Brazilian red Cabernet Sauvignon from the South and close to the Argentinian border. I had never tasted a wine from Brazil and was pleasantly surprised with the Dal Pizzol.

Chef Willans was keen get comments from his customers and came from the kitchen to talk about the menu which is always good as feedback is rarely given unless asked for. He is ambitious for his restaurant and deserves supporting. So go and see for yourselves and enjoy both food and view.

Not cheap at around Real 400 but you are paying for talent and view. Should I find myself again in Ipanema then I will return to both Restaurant and Hotel, Caesar Park.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Niteroi, RJ
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30 reviews 30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“it's ok”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

I was on a business meal and the TA organised a fixed menu for us.
The restaurant is very beautiful mostly because of the scenic view of the Beach and being on the hotel's penthouse.

I was expecting more from the food, but it was OK. you can get better food elsewhere in the neighbourhood, but the place wins on a "wow" factor if you aim to impress someone.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Rio de Janeiro
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56 reviews 56 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“spectacular views and reasonable price”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Feijoada, the typical Rio de Janeiro dish made with black beans and various sorts of stewed salt pork and other meats, is the most famous offering of this restaurant. It is served only on Saturday, in accord with local tradition. Located on the 23rd floor of one of Rio’s main luxury hotels, the price is surprisingly reasonable and seems to have recently gone down. The official price is now BRL 79, or around USD 33, but with service and drinks the total will be more like USD 50. The view is simply spectacular, with panoramic views over Ipanema beach. The atmosphere is low key, featuring buffet service. The feijoada itself is first rate, and the buffet also includes starters, roast suckling big, baked fish, and a full array of deserts. There is live Brazilian music. Come armed with a bit of patience when it comes time to pay the bill because it can take a while to come and patrons are required to queue at the exit to get to a credit card reader hidden in a small window. We were ten people and they required ten separate swipes of our credit cards. This useless process took a long time as the credit card machine seemed to need rebooting between each swipe. It really did put a sour note to the end of an otherwise pleasant experience.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Greensboro, North Carolina
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28 reviews 28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Best Roast Chicken!!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2013

The restaurant has open-air seating that is great for people watching. I eat here whenever I am in Rio. The roast chicken is very flavorful. Sometimes a homeless person will try to approach you while you're eating, but most of the time, the restaurant staff is good at keeping them away before they have a chance to beg for food or money.

Visited December 2012
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Sarasota, Florida
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36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“You had me at Breakfast Buffet...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

I love a buffet and this one was great ! Also a great place for dinner with the Finest Feijoada in Rio ! The service was top notch. Request a table on the left side next to the window for an awesome view.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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