It is probably the first restaurant you'd bump into if you travel to Copacabana by Metro and then walk towards the beach taking the first street leading to it.
The restaurant is situated on the corner by the street dividing the city and the beach right by the crossing to the beach. If you sit outside you can have a perfect view of the beach ( leaving aside the cars passing by along the street).
I happened to dine there twice and by the second time managed to become more knowledgeable about it.
On the first occasion the place made an impression of a bit expensive and food wasting despite of a huge variety of dishes and excellent taste! Each of my fellow foodies was amazed how huge the dishes were and we all managed to eat only 1/3 of our meal. Which meant the rest has gone to waste. We all paid over 100 Brazilian Real ( including a couple of beers) which was quite expensive.
What turned out later on is that the restaurant serves dishes which are meant to be split between at least 2-3 people. I only found this out when dining there again with some locals.
The waiting staff was not very forthcoming about this and not attentive altogether.
However, if you know the actual situation and are happy to share this is the perfect place to dine in Copacabana.
The steak in my photo is 1/3 of the whole steak by the way ;)
more complicated than walking around with a group of people from 5 different
nations and looking for a suitable restaurant for dinner. Everybody wants
something else, so there's a real danger that you end up in a place fitting the
smallest common denominator, making nobody totally unhappy but also nobody
happy. Rondinella is a likely place for such a group. They have everything,
from Brazilian steaks to seafood to pizzas, normally you would not go there but
under these circumstances you do. In particular when you are invited, you don't
want to be a hassle. OK, Rondinella is at the Copacabana, nice ocean breeze,
that's likeable. Unbeatable location, and the cooks normally know that. As you
look at the menu, you see giant pizzas and steaks being served to the neighbors
and you wonder, there's no page menus for two but can that be a normal
portion? You decide
to defy your doubts, be heroic and courageous, and order a good Brazilian
steak. Argentinean wine, very delicious everybody keeps warning you of
Brazilian wine, so nobody wants to try. When the dinner is served, all your
fears come true. A friendly smiling and beautiful waiter serves you an enormous
dish. You could feed three people with such a giant steak. Does beef mean dinosaur
in Brazilian Portuguese? The fish for your neighbor is equally gigantic.
Impossible to consume. But the
most important question is well, the taste. It was a perfectly positive
surprise. Smooth and intensive taste of the beef, wonderful vegetables, and it
tastes so well that you end up eating almost everything even if you never believed
you can eat such piles of food. The conversation however soon was less
energetic than expected, everybody was so busy with eating and digesting that
we decided all our arguments are actually not so important.
And we all love
Brazil. Smiling at the stars, at the ocean waves, at the people walking bychomp,
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