Posted on 24 March 2016
Located in the affluent neighborhood of Leblon, more specifically on Rua Dias Ferreira (carioca’s food heaven), the sleek yet cosy Zuka keeps enchanting its sexy clientele with Ludmilla Soeiro’s delectable cuisine.
Service brings a stylish and casual approach, with the chef herself serving some tables and chatting with happy and at ease clients, most of whom seemed regulars, embraced in the Brazilian flair for great food and cheerful mood.
Soeiro isn’t afraid to dare and conquer with tasty dishes of surprising combinations. For instance the “foie gras experience”, blending citric, sweet and savoury; or the “rack of lamb with mashed baroa and passion fruit purê” that leaves us wanting more with its tropical vibe.
Its no surprise this has been one of the most in demand restaurants in town since 14 years.
Check out Zuka when you are in Rio de Janeiro
Rua Dias Ferreira, 233B
Leblon, Rio de Janeiro – RJ
Posted on 27 February 2016
A pioneer of elegant, legit yet avant-garde Japanese cuisine since its opening in 1986, Sushi Leblon is a clear favourite with the carioca elite and international glitterati: Madonna, David Beckham and Jared Leto are just a few of the many superstar regulars.
On the menu, mouthwatering dishes like “tuna tartare with caviar and raw egg yolk”, “salmon carpaccio with truffled oil”, and “grilled scallops with papaya guacamole” really embody the bold spirit and attitude of the restaurant.
Another emblematic dish is the “half grilled tuna with foie gras, green apple and wasabi sauce”. Citric and savoury, bitter and sweet. A spicy sensation bursts in the palate with this exquisite and daring combination of flavours that only pros would dare to dream.
Wine and drink selection deserve a mention as well as the delicious and varied dessert offer. Something unusual among Japanese restaurants.
The service, overseen by the superb manager Cesar Agapito, simply stands out with efficiency, knowledge and wonderful Brazilian warmth.
Not to be missed at all costs.
Rua Dias Ferreira, 256
Leblon – Rio de Janeiro
Posted on 16 June 2009
Review & Photos by the Cobrasnake
Driving to the the Santa Teresa hotel was quite an adventure. Located towards the top of a hill in the center of Rio I felt like I was staying at someone’s house. The property is amazing very green, very natural very peaceful. The front desk is very relaxing, everyone is sitting down and using laptops. The whole place is very woodsy. My room was big and had a very fresh feeling with lots of natural light and positive energy. The only negative thing was the constant airplanes and busses driving by making it feel like there was a mini-earthquake every ten minutes.
Amazing bed, killer shower head, flat screen tv. Once you are at the hotel Santa Teresa you will not want to leave. Eating breakfast in the restaurant I felt like I was on a resort far, faraway from everyone, with an amazing view of the city and really friendly waitstaff. This hotel would be a great romantic getaway for that special someone or even a Brazilian one night stand.
4 Cobrasnake Stars
Hotel Santa Teresa
Rua Almirante Alexandrino,
660 Santa Teresa , Rio de Janeiro
Posted on 31 May 2009
Review & Photos by the Cobrasnake
The Marina All-Suites hotel is located directly across from the beach, in the heart of Leblon. I stayed there last week on my trip to Brazil. When I checked in I was offered champagne and was escorted to my room on the 6th floor. The room had an amazing view of the ocean and when you opened the window you could hear the waves crashing on the shore. It was very relaxing. After unpacking I explored the hotel. I found the small but ample fitness center and the amazing roof top pool with a view to kill. After my run and quick swim I enjoyed some fresh fruit in the room and a Gatorade sports drink. The mini bar was full of treats: my 2 favorite items in the mini bar were the playing cards suitable for late night Strip Poker and both male and female condoms, a first, never before have I seen a female condom in a hotel mini bar. I used both at the same time that night not the best idea.
After that I took some sexy naked photos. The bed was super comfortable, free tooth brush with Colgate tooth paste. The internet was NOT free and even when you paid for it, it sucked. I took a bath in the tub which was huge I pretended I was on a boat. On the beach you can get free beach chairs and towels which is really great. Not a modern hotel, gets away with some short comings because it’s located across from the beach .
3.5 CobraSnake Stars
Hotel Marina All-Suites
Av. Delfim Moreira,
696 – Praia do Leblon
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil