Zazá Bistrô Tropical

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Well, I landed in Rio de Janeiro, first time there, and wasn’t totally sure where to go eat. I was hungry after a long commute but didn’t want to settle for just anything. Brazil has a number of traditional dishes, mainly focused on meat, cheese and bread items, with the addition of fresh fruits and juices. However, I was able to find a number of places that really changed my mind about that, and one of them was Zazá Bistrô Tropical in Ipanema. 

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Drawn in by the whimsical twinkle lights strewn about the dining patio, the blue painted restaurant caught my eye. I know, don’t judge a book by it’s cover. But whatever, the place looked cool, so, I checked out the menu and it seemed as lovely as the aesthetic. 

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To start, I ordered The Wallpaper (cachaca with passion fruit, sugar, vanilla bean and pepper). This drink was so amazing, I actually didn’t even care if the food was any good. There are different dimensions to this drink, making it really unique. You first get a sweetness from the passion fruit, which almost then turns into a sort of cotton candy flavor. Then, there’s a really nice heat that follows, which is especially nice since they really don’t use spicy ingredients in their cooking in Brazil. 

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Then, I had their Organic Salad Leaves (with stewed vegetables, gorgonzola, green apple and hazelnuts). This was such a delightful salad, it was fresh, had great textures and a nice, light citrusy flavor from the dressing. There’s just something magical about the combination of a tart apple, the bite of gorgonzola cheese, and the sweet nuttiness and crunch of hazelnuts. 

The Shorts:
Name: Zazá Bistrô Tropical
Location: Rua Joana Angelica, 40 Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the place is really charming and the food and drinks are awesome. 
Would I recommend it? For sure. Also, if your Portuguese is, well, not awesome, they’re very English friendly here. 

 

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