Rio de Janeiro-influenced fire-cooked food
Oyster and caipirinha
Av. Gen. San Martin, 889, Leblon, Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 2540-8768
About the chef: Felipe Bronze is a well-known TV presenter in Brazil, starring in cooking shows such as The Taste Brasil, Que Seja Doce and Perto do Fogo. He studied at the Culinary Institute of America in New York before taking stages at Nobu and Le Bernardin. His career in Brazil began in 2001, when he worked at Sushi Leblon, then grill-based restaurant Zuka, followed by his first solo restaurant, Z Contemporâneo, in 2004. In 2010, he opened Oro.
Carioca cuisine: Oro, located in Rio de Janeiro’s upmarket Leblon, is a reflection of Bronze’s identity as a Rio native, or carioca. With an emphasis on fire, the restaurant serves two menu options: Creativity, a daily-changing menu focused on seasonal ingredients, and the shorter Affectivity, showcasing signature dishes. From pão de queijo (cheese bread) with praline to oysters with caipirinha, almost all courses are eaten with the hands, with the cutlery coming out for dishes such as 48-hour braised ox ribs with crumbly banana farofa and smoked yolk.
Drinks menu: Bronze’s charming Argentine wife, Cecilia Aldaz, runs the dining room and is also considered the best sommelier in Rio. Drinks pairings include artisanal beers, rare cachaças, signature cocktails and a vast selection of wines from Argentina and beyond.
One To Watch: Oro has won a string of accolades in recent years, including the One To Watch Award for Latin America’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2017, and two Michelin stars in the 2018 guide. Bronze also runs Pipo, a casual restaurant in São Conrado district, named for a shortening of ‘Felipe’.
Images: Tomás Rangel