More elegant dining from Leblon's crack team of restaurateurs
One more jewel in Rua Dias Fereira's ample culinary crown has just been unleashed by the team behind Sushi Leblon and Zuka; Ana Carolina Gayoso, Bia Stewart and Marina Hirsch's elegant Brigite's. In keeping with its illustrious siblings the design is clean and bright by day, more atmospheric and even a little Mediterranean by night, with a subtle bar-restaurant division making for a different eating or drinking experience depending on the mood, as is the case with that other nearby newcomer, Stuzzi.
The drinks menu is diverse and experimental. A long Star No Rio (R$23) combines grapes, star fruit, basil and vodka to tangy effect, though not quite to the lipsmacking extent of the Limões do Engenhão (R$23), coupling lemons and limes and calmed with raw brown sugar.
The menu is lean but varied, with lighter, healthier options than those found at Zuka and with a greater emphasis on organic produce; the bolinho de quinoa (R$24) with curry and chutney for example, and Gravlax (R$25) that would leave the hardiest Nordic in heaven. Main dishes are predictably pricey, but opting for the duck confit with manioc gratin (R$64) or langoustine with lime (R$89) will not lead to disappointment.
Vegetarians are well catered for at lunchtimes, with a vegetarian feijoada, spaghetti with mushrooms, beans and broccoli and even a bobó de shiitake (usually made from shrimp) to choose from (all R$30). Which should leave room for the classic apple crumble (R$18) or the ever-faithful brownie with white chocolate filling (R$18).