Felice Caffè

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Another spot definitely worth checking out is Felice Caffè in Ipanema in Rio. If you’re looking for a bit of a more upscale, chic vibe, with a great wine list, this is where you’ll need to go. They also offer a really nice outside patio, which is where we sat.

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We started off with a nice bottle of Rose, and I ordered a couple of appetizers as a meal. First, I had the Mahi-Mahi Sashimi (tamarind, passionfruit, cucumber, radish, dill, sprouts). This was really great, the fish tasted fresh, and I really like the accompanying components, a bit of sweet and crunch to mix up the texture. 

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Then, I had the Tuna Tartar (soy sauce, chili, fresh herbs, ginger). I enjoyed this was as well. The soy sauce and chili gave the tuna a nice, savory quality with just a tiny bit of heat. 

The Shorts:
Name: Felice Caffè 
Location: Rua Gomes Carneiro, 30 – Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, the vibes are great. Grab a table outside on the patio and sink into a nice bottle of wine.
Would I recommend it? Yes, it’s right by the beach too, so, after, take a nice stroll along the beach side. 

Juliette

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Brunch is a meal, it exists. And, I’ve brunched at Juliette in Williamsburg before. But, I’ve yet to have dinner there, until now. This French cafe removes you from the grit of the city’s streets and puts you into a quaint and dynamic Parisian brasserie from the antique bar, to another room surrounded by live growing vines. 

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I can be somewhat indecisive, especially when I see a few items that I’d really like. So, I went for two appetizers as my meal. First, I got the Winter Kale Salad (honey crisp apples, roasted spaghetti squash, toasted hazelnuts and idiazabal cheese). Piled-high, this shredded kale salad was just delightful. Dressed in a delicate raspberry vinaigrette, all elements go together so nicely. The contrasting textures of the kale, the squash, and the big crunch of the apple and hazelnuts, make for a really dynamic salad.

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Then, I had Salmon Tartare (cilantro ginger oil, serrano chile, greek yogurt, English cucumber, paddlefish caviar & gaufrette potatoes). This is a nice, generous portion which would be great to share for two as an appetizer, or, as a meal with another app. The tartare had a nice, mild quality with hints of the cilantro flavor. I will say, I could have used a bit of citrus flavor added as well, almost giving it a ceviche appeal. But, with the saltiness and crispness  of the potato chips, it balances out the delicate flavor of the tartare. 

The Shorts:
Name: Juliette 
Location: 135 North 5TH Street, Brooklyn 
The Long and Short: Would I go back? Yes, lunch is next.
Would I recommend it? Yes, especially when the weather warms up, they have rooftop seating.