Thomas Troisgros (pictured with Claude Troisgros)
French with a Brazilian twist
Red mullet with crispy scales and tucupi broth
Rua Custódio Serrão 62, Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 2539 4542
What makes it stand out: A perfect balance between French elegance and Brazilian soul.
A few words on the chefs: Claude Troisgros, winner of the Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award 2016, is the third generation of a family known for pioneering Nouvelle Cuisine in their native France. Claude arrived in Brazil in 1979 and is one of the key figures in the history of modern Brazilian cuisine, adding native Brazilian products to fine dining. His son, Thomas, followed in the family footsteps and now runs the kitchen.
A brief history: The restaurant opened its doors in 1983 as Restaurant Claude Troisgros. In 2005 the name changed to Olympe (afer Claude’s mother), but it has always been located in the same brick corner house near the Rodrigo Freitas lagoon. The interior is classic but cosy, the atmosphere warm.
Typical dishes: Grilled scallops, palm heart carpaccio, milk-caramel sauce and pupunha farofa; baroa-potato mousseline ravioli, roasted pine nuts and noisette butter; caramelised pancake soufflé with passion fruit sauce.
What else? Thomas Troisgros is a great supporter of Gastromotiva, an organization that promotes social change through gastronomy.
Images: Tomas Rangel