Not so long ago, visitors would have needed deep pockets if they wanted to sample fine French cuisine in Rio. Thanks to 66 Bistro, however, that is no longer the case - this simple but sophisticated restaurant offers classic French dishes at prices that aim to be more accessible than the competition.
66 Bistro is a romantic spot for an evening meal — Photo courtesy of Boa Lembranca
The culinary heritage is impressive; 66 Bistro is owned by Claude Troisgros, head chef at Olympe (arguably Rio's most celebrated restaurant) and the kitchen is headed up by his son Thomas. The two form part of a culinary dynasty that extends back for several Michelin-starred generations, and Troisgros junior has himself picked up a string of awards for his culinary talents at the helm of 66 Bistro.
While evening a-la-carte dining is the best way for gourmands to really indulge themselves, the set lunches here are the most affordable way to sample the dishes. For around R$50, diners can help themselves to unlimited salads (think Fresh tropical fruits, vegetables, pulses and cheeses rather than limp lettuce and watery tomatoes) along with a dish of the day, examples of which include roast chicken in Dijon mustard sauce, a specialty of the house.
Steak Tartare and Moules Mariniere put in an appearance on the a-la-carte menu, but Thomas Troisgras has brought a touch of South America to the lineup of French classics, with his own spin on the traditional Peruvian ceviche (seafood marinated in lemon and chili sauce). A romantic spot for lunch or dinner, it is also popular with business people during lunch.