Claude Troisgros is a culinary legend in Rio; a French chef who resides in Rio and shares his gourmet talents on TV, in his cookbooks, and in his various eateries around town. You could spend several days eating at a different Troisgros restaurant for each meal, but one of my favorites is CT Boucherie, smack in the middle of Leblon’s gourmet restaurant row, Rua Dias Ferreira. The cozy eatery resembles a French bistro with whitewashed brick walls, small wooden tables, hardwood floors, and rustic wooden cabinets filled with glassware. There is even a small shaded sidewalk patio with a handful of tables. As the French name indicates (boucherie is French for butcher), the restaurant specializes in meat. Select one of the 12 different cuts, for example prime rib, bife de chorizo, filet mignon, or T-Bone. Other options include grilled fish, duck, lamb, and pork tenderloin. Every entrée is served with an all-you-can-eat selection of side dishes that are served "rodizio" style: waiters come through the salon carrying copper pots and pans filled with goodies such as roasted potatoes, mashed parsnip, vegetable ratatouille, grilled green beans, beet salad with gorgonzola, homemade apple sauce, and more. In fact, some people order just the side dishes. The lunch special is a steal: for R$52 you may order one of the four meat, chicken, or fish options and enjoy an unlimited supply of side dishes.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro› Restaurant
Rua Dias Ferreira 636, near Avenida Bartolomeu Mitre
Our Rating Neighborhood Leblon Hours Mon-Fri noon–4pm and 7pm–1am; Sat–Sun noon–1am Transportation Subway-bus Ipanema-Gávea to Estação Bartolomeu Mitre Phone 21/2529-2329 Prices Main courses R$52–R$89 Cuisine Type French Web site CT Boucherie