Such has been the success of the biannual Rio Restaurant Week that last year the organisers extended it to cover a fortnight, offering even more opportunity to test-drive some of the better restaurants in the city (as well as a few standard high-street favourites) via purpose-built, cut-price set menus.
For the bargain lunch seekers, Copacabana's tapas-loving Mais Que Nada offers a decent paella or take the squid and rocket rice for a midday pit stop at Ipanema's Carambola café. The famous Italian Alessandro e Frederico has beef medallions in Parma ham served on creamy rice, and on Leblon's gastro-strip Dias Ferreira, Brigite's serves up tagliatelle with lime salmon.
By night, the Mexican specialists Si Señor have tacos and burritos on the menu, while the revamped 00 Bistrô offers individual mini-caprese salads as a starter. Along with the staple Manekineko, Ipanema's much-loved Nik Sushi and Opium have the sushi covered, and Pan-Asian fans have plenty to feast upon at Mekong, from summer rolls and green curry at lunch to the favourite fried squid starter by night. Nearby, Sawasdee and Nam Thai serve all the region's classics with a Brazilian twist, or for an authentic Brazilian option, the Amazonian-flavoured Espírito Santa is the jewel in Santa Teresa's crown. A more contemporary cool can be found at Oui Oui in Humaitá, and Copacabana's grand Charleston Lounge champagne bar has the impressive-looking seafood bouillibaisse for dinner.
The full list of participating restaurants can be found at restaurantweek.com.br, and bear in mind that some restaurants only offer a lunch or dinner option, so be sure to check the site to avoid your bargain dinner having an expensive sting in the tail.