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