The view from Porcao Rio's is as good as the food — Photo courtesy of Gtorelly
No meat lover worth their salt should come to Rio de Janeiro without visiting at least one of the city's many famous churrascarias - grilled meat restaurants. Most of these places serve their carnivorous wares rodizio style, which means that waiters bring cut after tempting cut of meat to diners' plates until they finally buckle. In addition to the endless array of meats. rodizio restaurants offer a vast buffet loaded with all manner of salads and side dishes, meaning that even vegetarians can tuck in.
The most famous of all Rio de Janeiro churrascarias is Porcao, and while there are branches in Ipanema and Copacabana, the branch in Flamengo (known as Porcao Rio's) scores major extra brownie points for its dramatic floor-to-ceiling views of Sugar Loaf mountain.
Although the name literally translates as ´Big Pig,´ this is a relatively formal restaurant by Rio standards, and the hall is smart and well air-conditioned. Although prices are at the higher end of the churrascaria spectrum (R$100 per person, half price for under 12s), it is a small price to pay for a meal that will leave you groaning with satisfaction and wide-eyed with admiration for those breathtaking views.