The Lorenzo Bistro is situated on a busy road in the Jardim Botanico district of Rio de Janeiro. The restaurant, on three floors, is pleasant and comfortable. The wine list is readable but expensive and the menu inviting. Three of us forewent a starter (at an average of US$25 a shot it looked expensive) and one had the salmon starter as a main dish. The food arrived and everybody enjoyed their meal except that the portions were about the size of a modest starter. For example the "Il Classico: cottechino con lenticchie" arrived as three very thin and small slices of cottechino sausage on a bed of lentils. At US$30 the dish, while flavoursome, carried the distinct taste of a rip off. The Ravioli and Polpettone (the later being a medium sized meatball with tomato sauce mashed potato - one spoonfull) at about US$25 a shot each, again flavoured of a rip-off. Three slices of smoked salmon and a blini or two at about US$15 rounded off the sensation that we had spent a fortune for a very meagre meal. This place calls itself a bistro not a mega sophisticated michelin restaurant so one might expect moderately priced, hearty but simple food. It was simple alright but far from hearty and absurdly overpriced. We did not see a waiting line of hundreds waiting to eat, so demand would not appear to be an issue. The fact is that this bistro, like so many other Rio restaurants, has gone wildly overboard in it's pricing and value for money. If you enjoy eating out and hope to have a flavoursome meal avoid this bistrô - the taste of a rip off is overpowering.
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