Tucked away in a small street in Jardim Botânico, Volta serves up Brazilian comfort food with a contemporary twist, paying tribute to familiar favorites from the 1950s through the 1980s. The restaurant is located in a charming house, furnished with whimsical vintage furniture, chandeliers made from enamel coffeepots, and retro table settings. The walls are decorated with old recipes. Start by perusing the drink menu; Volta’s award winning bartender serves up a selection of carefully prepared drinks made with Brazilian cachaças, vegetable infusions, and tropical fruit mousses. For example, the Supimba is a deliciously tart vodka and passion fruit martini, topped with lychee mousse. The appetizer menu brings back some old-fashioned party canapés, like smoked salmon boats and deviled eggs. However, in chef Fernando’s skillful hands, these retro morsels taste nothing like the 1970s versions of them. Main courses include a daily fish dish, served with fresh vegetables and coconut rice, roasted chicken served in its own jus on a bed of okra ravioli, and a hearty roast beef with root vegetables. Don’t be fooled by the simplicity of the dishes; everything is prepared with fresh regional ingredients and beautifully presented on vintage plates. For dessert, order a banana split, a tray of homemade sweets, or the deconstructed Romeu e Julieta, the classic Brazilian combo of creamy cheese with sweet guava. As a cute final touch, the coffee is freshly brewed in an old-fashioned drip-filter and served piping hot. The kitchen is closed from 3:30 to 6:30 each afternoon, but the restaurant remains open and serves a wonderful afternoon tea with desserts and cakes.
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro› Restaurant
Rua Visconde de Carandaí 5, at the corner of Rua Lopes Quintas
Our Rating Neighborhood Jardim Botânico Hours Mon–Wed noon–midnight, Thurs–Sat noon–1am, Sun noon–6pm Transportation Metro bus from Botafogo Phone 21/3204-5406 Prices Main courses R$44–R$54 Cuisine Type Brazilian Web site Volta
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