So, many traditional Brazilian dishes and items feature meat. As a pescatarian, I can of course have fish (which I love), but I was a little nervous about how many things I’d actually be able to eat and enjoy during my time here. Well, come to find out, Brazil actually has a little vegetarian and vegan movement going on. Surprised? I was too, but glad that I found one veggie spot in Copacabana, Bio Carioca.
There’s a really low key vibe here, pretty much a no-frills environment. Yet, you can find an abundant amount of options, even featuring gluten free and vegan options. I was there for breakfast (which, isn’t really a prime meal there, so, it’s nice to find places serving it), so started out with a Cafe (an espresso shot, if you want more of a traditional “coffee”, order an americano).
Then, since I’m an egg fanatic, and even though it didn’t seem like the most “exciting” thing on the menu, I ordered Omelete com pimenta biquinho e alho poro (leek and local bell pepper). You also get a choice of cheese in any of your omelets, mozzarella or ricotta. I chose ricotta, but, they messed that up and gave me mozzarella, whatever. The omelete was good, but what I especially loved was the local bell pepper, different from any domestic pepper I’ve had.
These tiny little guys packed a lot of flavor, and a little bit of heat too. So cute, right?
Name: Bio Carioca
Location: R. Xavier da Silveira, 28, Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazi
The Long and Short: Would I go back? I would, but I would probably go for something a bit different and adventurous next time.
Would I recommend it? If you’re a vegetarian or vegan, for sure. If not, you’ll probably come across some more interesting places, but, the food was tasty, so, you won’t be disappointed.