My wife and I visited this fantastic French restaurant in the start of May 2011. The restaurant is situated at the Sofitel hotel in Coppacabana near the fortress.
We decided to take the 10 dish chefs choice menu, and we wouldn't regret that. The food is clearly French but has some Brazilian inspiration in regards to the ingredients. First dish was mango, tomato and some amazonian fish tatar, very delicious, next to the plate there were a langoustine with a very delicious creme under. Finally there were ravioli with lobster. Actually we got a appetizer first, which was a combined tomato mouse with a goat cheese creme and a small cup of hot veal soup.
The second dish was another amazonian fish with a very delicious smoked potato puree. The third dish was a brioche with a fish I dont know the name on, but very tasty, then a caramelized goiaba and foie gras, we are at a French restaurant.. Forth dish was a granité made a cashew and champagne. Perfect.
After this the main courses would arrive. First main was veal with some kind of big french fries, actually quite brave to serve that imod. Both were tasty. Together there were some mushrooms. Next main was lamb with a very delicious mushroom sauce and some vegetables.
We then went to the cheeses. Well I doubt you would be served a parmagiano in a French restaurant in Paris, but well it tasted good, then there were a brie and a goat cheese. They were all ok, but nothing special.
Next were the most important, the desserts which the restaurant is very famous for in Rio and you can easily understand that. The desserts is free. It is eat what you can, but be aware, the former dishes you got are not small at all, so you would probably not be able to eat as much as you would like.
First we chose a Belgian chocolate mousse and a creme brulee. Small in size but extremely tasty. The high point was the last dessert, the chocolate souffle with raspberry and vanilla ice cream, this is considered the best dessert in Rio de Janeiro, and I can only agree. It was really amazing, no words to describe how good it was.
Last we got some petit fours. But we simply couldnt eat it all. We were very satisfied of all the things we had eaten.
As my wife had to get up early, we decided to skip the wine. She got a amarula with coconut drink and I got a lime caprivodka, both very nice. Under the servings we just got some water at the side.
All in all an amazing experience with very good value for money in one of the best restaurants in Rio de Janeiro
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