Rafa Costa e Silva
Farm-to-table Brazilian cuisine
Yam, egg yolk, coconut and dried beef
Rua Conde de Irajá, 191, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 3449 1834
What’s in the name? Lasai means ‘tranquility’ in the Basque language.
Chief reasons to visit: The combination of world-class cooking and a stunning Botafogo dining space.
A brief history: Lasai opened its doors in 2014 in a historic house dating from 1902, garnering near-instant critical acclaim. The room mixes natural and modern materials with wood from old houses, together with designer lamps. The terrace has a view to the most famous landmark in the city: Christ the Redeemer.
A few words on the chef: Rafael Costa e Silva, known as Rafa, trained at New York’s Culinary Institute of America. He spent many years in Europe, including working at the right hand of Andoni Luis Aduriz at Mugaritz in Spain. It was there he met his wife, Malena Cardiel, who now runs the dining room at Lasai.
Typical dishes: Coconut-yam cream with egg yolk and salted air dried beef strip. Pulled braised oxtail on homemade brioche. Scallops, marrow and herbs. Many products come from the chef’s own farm and each table has the central product of the day, such as corn, a cassava or blue carrots, displayed under a glass dome.
What else? The wine service and cocktail bar are among the best in Brazil with a unique choice of natural wines and original drink creations.
Images: Tomas Rangel