This French-style bistro at the heart of Ipanema is larger and busier than I expected for a bistro, so to me it lacked atmosphere (from previoous previews I thought it would be more charming) But the food is worth the visit. Forget about nouvelle cuisine, this is well-cooked no-frills French fare. The warm bread and paté they bring to the table is delicious. The Boeuf Bourgignon was nicely done, with the meat melting in your mouth. The veal with mushroom sauce was a bit too rich and the veal slightly chewy. Good wine list, but lacking in wines at the lower range of price. So be prepared to pay over R$ 100 reais for a bottle of decent red (if you are not used to Rio prices, beware that you are very unlikely to get a bottle of red for less than R$ 50 anywhere. That’s about 18 pounds!).
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