A rickety bar near Praca da Bandeira, Aconchego Carioca is well worth the trip. Katia Barbosa, the chef and owner, makes fabulous bolinho de feijoada and the restaurant boasts a good selection of beers, including Biritis Vienna lager, brewed by local Brassaria Ampolis brewery. Rua Barao de Iguatemi 379; 00 55 21 2273 1035.
Take a seat at one of the streetside tables and enjoy some of the best finger food in Rio at Chico & Alaide in Leblon. It serves some of the best petiscos and chopp (beer) in town. Try the bolinho da alaide, made with yucca, prawns and cream cheese.
For a more refined dining option in Rio, book a table at Olympe in Lagoa. Under French chef Claude Troisgros the French-Brazilian menu includes such elegant dishes as giant ravioli filled with baroa potato puree.
Iraja, in Botafogo, combines good service, reasonable prices and a modern take on typical Brazilian dishes. The desserts, in particular the hot chocolate brigadeiro cake, have won it a fantastic reputation.
Trendy Zuka, in Leblon, fits all occasions and is packed day and night. Chef Ludimilla Soeiro is very creative; try the prawns with pupunha tagliatelle.
Written by Leticia Moreinos Schwartz, author of My Rio de Janeiro (£19.99, Kyle Books).
This feature was published in September 2014
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