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Located just a few steps from Catete Palace, with its pleasant gardens and interesting museum, this unassuming spot is the only place in Rio to sample food from Macau - a region of Southern China... Read More
Located just a few steps from Catete Palace, with its pleasant gardens and interesting museum, this unassuming spot is the only place in Rio to sample food from Macau - a region of Southern China settled by the Portuguese. The result is an interesting hybrid of culinary traditions from both countries, with a splash of Brazilian influence thrown in for good measure. Along with a decent lunchtime buffet that features staples such as rice, beans and cassava as well as oriental favorites such as spring rolls and wonton, there's an a-la-carte menu that sees dishes such as tofu with ginger and spring onion sitting happily alongside Caldo Verde (traditional Portuguese soup made with greens, potato and sausage) and mains that range from stir-fried noodles and vegetables to Brazilian feijoada. To wash it down, you might want to try a Portuguese cherry or bitteralmond liqueur, or stick to Brazilian tradition with a caiprinha.
- Best for Vegetarian Because: The vegetarian dishes on the menu here are some of the most interesting in Rio.
- Recommended as Best Value Because: A lunchtime buffet, interesting menu options and well-priced a-la-carte options make this a real foodie find in Catete.
- Best for Buffet Because: Friendly service and a rare opportunity to try tasty Macanese food make Fat Choi well worth a visit.
- Best for Restaurants near Cruise Port Because: This unique spot is a quick cab ride from the cruise port and handy for visiting Catete Palace and the Museum of the Republic