Last month, I had dinner with a great friend from our family from the UK, who came to Brazil to promote the launching of a book he wrote ( and was now published ) locally. He used to go there in the 70`s.
Cafe Lamas is one of the oldest restaurants in Rio, and used to located at Largo do Machado. The restaurant is visited by many "intellectuals" and artists, but definitely lost its quality, specially in terms of service and "general atmosphere".
The dinner per say, was not bad, I had a salmon, but the side portion was minimal. And yes, not all, but many waiters do feel as if they are "doing you a favor" , when serving you or taking orders. Many have that "common, I am waiting" kind of attitude.[, when you are still choosing from the menu.
Prices are overcharged, even if you convert to US$ or Euros. To prove this, I double checked one Lamas´ "old time classics", which is a chicken soup, served when people came back from night clubs or parties. R$ 25,00 !! ( with service tax included). I guess its too much for such a simple dish.
I would not recommend, since today top service is one of my number 1 criterion, when selecting a place to dinner or have lunch.
There are many other new restaurants that will go lengths to keep you coming back, and Lamas seems to have lost themselves in the past, maybe "living on the glory days", unfortunately. I hope they change their attitude, since like I said above, some of their dishes are indeed considerably above average, in terms of the food per say.
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