Roast onion, sea urchin and mussel cream
Rua Conde de Irajá 581, Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro
+55 21 3486-5758
Why it’s a must-visit: After running acclaimed restaurant Epice in São Paulo, which made him famous in the gastronomy world, Alberto Landgraf moved to Rio de Janeiro and took the time to create Oteque exactly the way he had always imagined it. From the modern décor to the open kitchen, from the sound system (with acoustic control) to the most advanced cooking equipment, Landgraf put his personal touch on everything in the restaurant. He took his time with the restaurant launch, perfecting his dishes before opening – and it paid off.
On the menu: Focused on local products, Landgraf's cuisine is mathematical and inventive. His eight-course tasting menu features creative dishes, layers of flavours and precise techniques, from his famous signature creations, such as the onion stuffed with uni and served with mussel cream, to a foie gras boudin, that has become an instant hit since the opening.
Catch of the day: Landgraf installed an aquarium in the middle of the room to guarantee the freshest seafood. His partnership with a local supplier also allows him to get fresher and more diverse fish, which arrive at the restaurant almost daily – one of the advantages of being on the coast. The chef also set up a menu that highlights the riches from the sea. In Rio de Janeiro, Landgraf has access to better seafood with a higher fat content, resulting in dishes that are more flavourful and with better textures.
Hotspot: Oteque has helped make the neighbourhood of Botafogo to become a must-go area for those who love to eat well in Rio de Janeiro. Today, many of the city's best restaurants are located there.
Images: Rubens Kato