térèze restaurant, rio

One night in Rio we climbed the winding roads of Santa Teresa to Térèze Restaurant (inside Santa Teresa Hotel, Relais & Chateaux)(Rua Almirante Alexandrino, 660). Thankfully, our guide and friend in Rio, Gionia Belmonte, was able to get us a reservation on short notice, despite the restaurant’s local – and international – popularity. (More on Gionia and Rio CVB later…amazing people!). Chef Damien Montecer (from Gordon Ramsay, Alain Ducasse and Garcia & Rodriguez)  is known by many for his Franco-Brazilian style cooking.

Of the more stand-out dishes:

Pupunhas: slow cooked fresh palm heart with crunchy cured cheese and sugarcane dressing

Moquecca Risotta: grilled tiger prawns flamed with Magnificia cachaça, colored peppers in palm oil, ginger, coconut and coriander risotto

Rio-London-Paris: cooked dulce de leche roll, crumble, served with a peach sorbet

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