I met Jack, an Australian doing his around-the-world trip, a couple of days ago at a Couchsurfing meeting. He just got to Rio, and has had no idea what to do! So I showed him around today.
I’ve been wanting to try one of the few organic restaurants here in Rio, since I’ve been having a hard time finding good organic food in general, whether in supermarkets or in other restaurants. It’s called “Delírio Tropical” and it’s located in Ipanema (of course). It was AMAZING.
Jack and I were both so impressed with the food. You get a plate, and you walk along a buffet-style line, where servers give you a pre-set portion if you want a certain dish. Each portion is pretty large, and you cannot specify that you want more or less. Because of this, it was actually a good thing to go with a friend — that way you can try more dishes, but without having to eat an entire portion yourself. Between the 2 of us, we got 3 dishes, for about $5 USD per portion. This meant that we each paid around $7 USD for lunch!
Not only was the food organic, but many of the dishes were vegetarian, which is simply unheard of here! Brazilians like their meat. In the picture above, the top place has a black rice dish on the left, and a sprouts/beets/carrot dish on the right. The plate on the bottom has a yuca, mushroom, and asparagus dish which I absolutely LOVED. One of the best places to eat in Rio so far! If I could eat here everyday I would.
Then we headed over to the Mirante do Leblon again (sadly no surfers this time) and Jack had his first fresh coconut.
I hadn’t noticed before, but there are public restrooms that you can use at the Mirante do Leblon. You just have to pay 1 real (about 50 cents USD).
The text on the bathroom cracked me up: “The toilet can only be used for 20 minutes. After that, a warning will sound inside the room, and the door will unlock itself automatically.”
Imagine if you’re taking a really intense poop and all of a sudden the door swings open! Ahahahahahahahaha.
As we walked around Ipanema, we noticed a cop yelling at 3 people — 2 young boys and 1 man.
Don’t ask me why this shirtless guy was walking across the street in the photo above, but you can see the cop pointing at the 2 boys and 1 man to stay down. He punched one of the kids really hard in the face — we could hear it from across the intersection, and the kid crumbled to the ground. Poor kid… I don’t know if they robbed the store behind them or…? The cop seemed to be calling for other police in the area on his walkie talkie shortly after.
For dinner, Jack and I went to a Japanese restaurant called Lapamaki, also in Ipanema. Overall, the food was pretty good, but my noodle entree was slightly overly salty for my taste. The appetizers were great though.
In the photo above you’ll see that I got two appetizers, because I’m a glutton like that, hahaha. The dish on the left is artificial crab meat with cucumbers in a sweet-ish and very light sauce. I’ve seen it at all the Japanese restaurants I’ve been to here in Rio. I have no idea what it’s called, but it’s SO DELICIOUS. I’ve never seen it at a Japanese restaurant in NYC!
The appetizer on the right is raw salmon with mushrooms. Mmmmm…
In the photo above, you can see our entrees. Jack’s dish on the top is a vegetables in teriyaki sauce. It really wasn’t very good at all unfortunately.. :\ The flavor was a little strange, although I can’t say it was too salty or sweet or anything. It just tasted weird. To be fair, this is usually a meat dish, but since Jack is vegetarian he ordered it just with vegetables.
My plate, on the bottom, is yakisoba (the most popular Japanese dish here in Rio, it seems) with mushrooms. It was pretty good, although slightly too salty. Would I come back? Maaaaaaaybe. But I would order differently.