Yes, they did it again: the owners of the ultra-popular Bráz pizza joints, Pirajá bar and Astor restaurant, among other inimitable hot spots in São Paulo, are proceding with their expansion in Rio. The latest newcomer is an outpost of Astor - which calls itself a bar but is actually a casual restaurant which doubles as bar (here, food is taken quite seriously and is not a mere sidenote).
The location of the Rio Astor could not be any nobler: the corner of Vieira Souto avenue and Rainha Elizabeth street, in Ipanema. A few steps away from Rio's hottest hotel, the Fasano. And across the avenue from Ipanema beach. Per-FECT!
The main feature of the brasserie-style décor is the antique bar shipped all the way from Philadelphia.
Black-and-white photos of Rio's most iconic old bars line the walls.
The draft beer is stupendous - that's what these guys are best-known for. But they've worked on a respectable list of martinis, and also serve imaginative versions of the caipirinha.
The food is hangover-friendly: Picadinho, a classic beef stir fry (R$ 32) Steak tartare (R$ 34), and the all-time brazilian favourite, steak with rice, beans and onions.
Avenida Vieira Souto, 110 – Ipanema
Telefone: (21) 2523-0085