Tucked away on a quiet street in Rio de Janeiro’s trendy bohemian district is Térèze Restaurant. At in the 5 star Hotel Santa Teresa, French Executive Chef Damien Montecer caters to the refined tastes of hotel guests and local elite in an intimate setting seating up to 100 people.
Floor-to-ceiling windows, white washed walls, recycled woods and burnt cement floors create an airy serene space that opens up to views of lush green gardens and Rio de Janerio’s dramatic cityscape.
Montecer daringly blends Asian and Mediterranean influences using local Brazilan produce. Expect culinary delights such as grilled duck foie gras, served with mango salsa raviolis and balsamic vinegar dressing or tender Lamb marinated in missô and grilled, paired with stir dry vegetables, guiozas and a missô broth.
The extensive wine list includes over 200 labels with vintages from Europe and South America.
Dining on gourmet food in such a beautiful setting comes a price so be prepared to pay top dollar – starters begin at R $25, mains $55 and deserts $25. Eye the menu for extra (hidden) charges and know that 13% in service tax will be added to the final bill. All major credit cards are accepted.
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* All images courtesy of Santa Teresa Hotel.