Hello friends! If you feel hungry in Brazil, you already know that we have a multitude of different delicious dishes for you to try. But did you know that each category of food is usually served in a different type of restaurant? That’s exactly what we’ree going to learn about today: the different types of restaurants in Brazil. From snack bar to kilo restaurant, each option makes us drool! We will also check out some Michelin Star restaurants in Brazil, regarded as some of the best in the world! And if you have any doubts about vocabulary related to restaurant, you can always complement your studies with this other amazing Dica!
Different Types of Restaurants in Brazil
Restaurante a Quilo / Self-Service (Pay by Weight Buffet)
The kilo restaurant is an incredible invention! When you’re out of time but still want to eat delicious food, you can go to this type of restaurant. You arrive at the restaurant by the kilo, pick up your plate and help yourself to foods that are already prepared. Afterwards, you weigh your plate and pay only for the amount that’s on your plate. You should for sure try some phrases to use when going to a restaurant!
Restaurante à La Carte (À La Carte Restaurant)
In this restaurant, you need to take your time! This is the one place you will receive a menu, sit down and be served by your waiter. The waiter will serve the food already on your plate or on a tray, so you can serve yourself. This is an incredible place to try some of the best Brazilian typical food. If you want to know about good restaurants in Rio, we have the Dica just for you.
Lanchonete (Snack Bar)
A lanchonete is a commercial establishment specialized in serving snacks and other fast foods, consumed between meals or as a substitute for main meals. Usually it sells snacks, sandwiches, soft drinks, coffee, sweets, etc. If you ever need to ask your food to go, read about it here!
Bar / Botequim / Boteco (Bar / Pub)
In Portuguese, we have three expressions for bar: bar, botequim and boteco. The bar would be a place that sells drinks, it often has a variety of international drinks. The botequim is a laid-back place to drink, usually family-run, with few options; the food served is generally simple and homemade. The boteco in turn is a small bar, and when it has a dirty look, we call it “pé sujo” (dirty foot).
Quiosque (Beach Bar)
Beach kiosks are small bars on the shores of the beaches. They typically serve a variety of foods and beverages, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. You can find água de coco, caipirinhas, espetinhos, and even dishes for lunch and dinner.
Top Restaurants in Brazil
So, now that you know the difference between each type of restaurant, let’s check out some of the best restaurants we have in Brazil. These Michelin Star restaurants in Brazil are considered some of the best in the whole world! You have to check them out for when you come study Portuguese with us, right?
Two Stars Michelin Restaurants in Brazil
D.O.M.: D.O.M. is one of the most renowned restaurants in Brazil, located in São Paulo. It has been awarded two Michelin stars and is led by acclaimed chef Alex Atala. D.O.M. focuses on contemporary Brazilian cuisine, with an emphasis on utilizing native ingredients and promoting sustainable practices.
Oteque: Oteque, located in Rio de Janeiro, has two Michelin stars. Led by chef Alberto Landgraf, this modern and innovative restaurant provides a unique gastronomic experience. Oteque showcases a menu that combines Brazilian ingredients with contemporary culinary techniques.
Oro: Oro, led by chef Felipe Bronze, is a Michelin-starred restaurant in Rio de Janeiro. The restaurant focuses on creative and contemporary cuisine, exploring the flavors of Brazilian ingredients in unique ways. Oro offers a refined dining experience and has gained recognition for its culinary innovations.
One Star Michelin Restaurants in Brazil
Evvai: Evvai is a Michelin-starred restaurant located in São Paulo. Under the guidance of chef Luiz Filipe Souza, Evvai showcases modern cuisine with Italian influences. The restaurant places a strong emphasis on using local and seasonal ingredients to create innovative and flavorful dishes.
Huto: Huto is a Michelin-starred restaurant specializing in contemporary Japanese cuisine. Located in São Paulo, Huto offers an exquisite dining experience with a focus on high-quality sushi and sashimi.
Jun Sakamoto: Led by chef Leonardo Jun Sakamoto, this pearl of São Paulo has as its main attraction watching the chefs make the dishes on the spot through a glass partition. The main attraction is the nigiris.
Kan Suke: This tiny Japanese restaurant demonstrates the reason why, many times, the best perfumes are in the smallest bottles! This São Paulo restaurant has as its main dish the sushi, which is made masterfully.
Kinoshita: Another Japanese restaurant (they are very popular in São Paulo due to immigration), this amazing place has anything related to Japanese cuisine. Even grills are part of the menu, which is irresistible.
Lasai: Lasai is a Michelin-starred restaurant led by chef Rafa Costa e Silva. The restaurant highlights seasonal and locally sourced ingredients, showcasing the diversity of Brazilian gastronomy. Lasai’s menu is characterized by its fresh flavors and inventive culinary techniques.
Maní: Located in São Paulo, Maní is a Michelin-starred restaurant helmed by chef Helena Rizzo. With a blend of Brazilian and international influences, Maní offers contemporary cuisine. The restaurant is known for its creative dishes and commitment to using high-quality ingredients.
Picchi: This is a mouthwatering Italian restaurant! Picchi is led by chef Pier Paolo Picchi, and its flagship is the most wonderful pasta you could ever eat! Located right in the heart of São Paulo, it’s a great choice!
Pronunciation of Restaurants in Brazil
So, now that you know this full vocabulary, let’s practice our pronunciation with the video below! You already know you can activate the subtitles if you need them! You can also practice a dialogue at the restaurant with this other amazing Dica.
That’s it guys! Today we learned the types of restaurants in Portuguese. Which one do you think it’s your favorite? Do you prefer to order food or to choose your own food in a self-service style? Which one would you try first when you come study with us in Brazil? Comment down below what you think, we would love to learn about it!
See you in the next Dica!