Dining options in Rio are varied and exciting (to put things mildly). From skewers of succulent meat to food by the kilo to delicious blends of beans and rice, Rio knows a thing or two about fine dining and delicious cuisine. Eating at familiar restaurants might be comforting when you first arrive, but take the time to sample other culinary experiences in this exotic city on your medical tourism vacation.
Churrascarias are barbeque restaurants where you can pick your grilled meat as it’s falling off the skewers. Fresh fish from the Amazon is now making its way into these formerly meat-only barbeque houses. Quilo restaurants are a Brazilian version of all you can eat buffet spreads, except that you don’t really eat all you want - rather you pile as much food as you can from a selection of steaks, vegetables, rice, and stews– and take this food to be weighed and priced by the kilo. It’s ridiculously convenient, although you can easily over eat. For those of you visiting Rio for cosmetic surgery, you might want to skip over these eating establishments during your medical tourism vacation.
Eating out in Rio is actually an inexpensive affair, even at an upscale restaurant. You could easily have a five-course meal, complete with champagne for under a hundred bucks. Again, watch your weight however. The food is so extraordinarily delicious, you can easily gorge yourself and render your most recent tummy tuck obsolete. Brazil (and Rio in particular) is truly a gourmand's paradise.
Drinking in Brazil
Coffee and Beer are two requirements for every medical tourist (assuming you receive your doctor's permission first). Both are in ready supply throughout the city. But if you want to check out the local action: chopperias are casual diners where people go to grab a beer and nibble on munchies, and cachacarias are where you head to down a glass of the local alcoholic drink (cacacha) brewed from sugarcane.