New Peruvian hot spot in Rio

2014-11-08 00.57.09When my friend suggested going to a place called Tupac for her birthday my first reaction was ‘will they be playing his greatest hits in the background?” I was slightly disappointed to learn that we would not be having a full on 90’s dance party at dinner but the ambiance and cuisine make up for it.  There are a few decent spots for ceviche in Rio, but if you are looking for a real Peruvian experience with a variety of innovative dishes that burst with flavor head over to Tupac in Ipanema.  When you walk in the restaurant oozes with a trendy vibe, dark wood, peruvian sculptures a giant lantern in the center of the room and the front if fully open so there is a nice breeze.  There is an upstairs ‘lounge’ area but I can tell you it is way more fun on the ground floor.2014-11-07 22.25.58
There is a large drink list that offers a number of Pisco variations, personally I liked the one with cocoa the best. The starters are pretty large so you can definitely order a bunch and share with a group skipping the even larger entrees or mix it up.  Since there were 12 of us we did a combination which worked out quite nicely as we were able to try lots of yummy dishes.  There were 2 dishes that you must order, 1. the tartar truffle balls (above) R$35, which were absolutely to die for and the pork belly starter (it’s actually quite large and comes with a side of jasmine rice), the meat was cooked perfectly, the veggies were sautéed nicely and there was just enough kick that it wasn’t overpowering. ceviches-aperitivos
You are at a peruvian spot so you owe it to yourself to have the ceviche tasting of white fish, salmon, tuna and shrimp all prepared in unique ways (i.e. traditional, thai, indian, cream).  The quinoa balls were also quite flavorful. 2014-11-07 22.26.07
For the main courses we opted for the beef with mashed yukka (above) and the seared tuna below.  Both were delicious but for me the tuna came out on top. It was cooked perfectly and the flavors were incredible.2014-11-07 22.26.13

Tupac is the 3rd Peruvian restaurant brought to Rio de Janeiro by chef  Marco Espinoza whose other restaurants include: Lima Restobar (Botafogo) and El Chalaco (sandwich shop in Leblon)..he also owns Taypá in Brasilia. Tupac is a great spot for groups, date night, any occasion:) What dish was your favorite? Let me know what you think!

Rua Aníbal de Mendonça, 132, Ipanema, 3592-4941

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