Espirito Santa, Santa Teresa
Rio de Janeiro
Tel: 55 21 8154 9793
Concierge.com's insider take:
Chef Natacha Fink has made this Santa Teresa's most popular restaurant with her creative take on cozinha amazônica, offering a seven-page menu as exotic to most Brazilians as it is to foreigners. Try the piranha soup; the tambaqui—a giant river fish that grows to an astonishing 66 pounds—in coconut milk and spices; or the equally zesty but lesser-known namorado or matrinchã fish. There's a scattering of meat-based Brazilian staples for the seafood-averse: Highly recommended is the feijoada de rolo (rice rolls filled with black beans and pork), spiced with a superhot chili sauce. Fink returns to the Amazon for desserts based on bacuri, a yellow fruit favored for its sweet, gummy pulp, and cupuaçu, which so resembles cacao that mothers feed it to their children as a chocolate substitute.
Open Mondays and Tuesdays noon to 6 pm, Wednesdays through Saturdays noon to midnight, and Sundays noon to 10 pm.