Thiago (right) and Felipe Castanho (left)
Amazonian Cuisine - traditional & contemporary
Chargrilled filhote with cassava couscous, black-eyed beans and Amazonian herbs
Av. Rômulo Maiorana com Perebebui, Marco, Belém
+55 91 3347 2829
A stone’s throw from the stunning botanical gardens of Belém - a slice of the Amazon jungle in the heart of the city - Remanso do Bosque reflects its urban yet wild surroundings with a 100% Brazilian menu.
Since it opened in December 2011 the restaurant (its name translates as ‘quiet place in the woods’) has gained a strong following for its traditional regional cooking influenced by contemporary ideas. The restaurant is located within a unique region where wild produce from the forest and indigenous techniques are part of the citizen’s everyday life.
Many of the restaurant’s vegetables and herbs are plucked directly from its own kitchen garden and a host of indigenous ingredients form an integral part of the menu. Core dishes include Amazonian chargrill fish, moqueca stew, savoury cassava crumble ‘farofa’ and wild duck with tucupi. However, Remanso do Bosque also explores contemporary ideas in a regularly changing tasting menu, presenting the results of chef Thiago Castanho’s local product research and innovative techniques.
To promote new ideas using indigenous products from chefs living outside the Brazilian-Amazonian borders, the Castanhos also regularly welcome national and international guest chefs to prepare special tasting menus using local produce, creating an exciting culinary dialogue as part of their project ‘Visita Gourmet’. The brothers’ forward-thinking approach and imaginative cooking combined with the its unique location means that Remanso do Bosque is undoubtedly a restaurant to watch.
[Photo Credit: Diana Figueroa]