Want to dine at a traditional Brazilian restaurant? Alvaro’s, which opened in 1963 is as ‘traditional Brazilian’ as it gets. On a typical day you can find this cozy restaurant filled with older regulars, families, businessmen and on occasion, politicians. It is one of the most frequented restaurants in Leblon and for good reason. They serve a variety of dishes based on cod (traditional Brazilian favorite) but for those of you who aren’t a fan of cod fish (me included) they have a wonderful selection of meats, chicken, pasta and salad options to choose from.Start off with the appetizer biscuits, the most requested item made from a secret recipe that has been in the family for over 80 years. The portions are rather large, so either go hungry or with someone willing to share. The chicken Cubano (above and below) was off the charts good. Breaded chicken served with pees, pepper, shoe string fries,bacon, fried banana and a corn pancake (my favorite part!)Hope you are thirsty! Wash down your fabulous Brazilian meal with some vino off of Alvaro’s extensive list of national and international wines, with labels from Portugal, Spain, Germany, Chile and Argentina, a glass of wine should not be skipped over. After all, you are in Brazil and drinking at lunch is completely acceptable:)
Alvaro’s: Rua Cupertino Durao, 87, loja A/B, corner of Av Ataulfo de Paiva
Note: Saturdays and Sundays
Alvaro’s is serving up feijoada!