South America Living


Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Food of the gods at this revolutionary restaurant


French chef Claude Troigros chose to stray a long way from his homeland when he opened Olympe in the Jardim Botanico neighbourhood of Rio, but his ambition has paid off with a restaurant that has claimed numerous accolades. Troisgros has been interested in the use of native South American ingredients in haute cuisine since he relocated to Brazil in his early twenties, an aspect of cooking that blossomed during his time working with Gaston Lenotre at his restaurant Pre Catelan in Rio. At Olympe, which he opened in 2003, he has really been able to explore the country’s culinary bounty.

Olympe’s food bears the hallmarks of Troigros’ classic French upbringing but has a globe-trotting element to it too, with gnocchi and canelloni sitting alongside foie gras and langoustine. Yet it’s Troigros’ careful and considered use of Brazilian ingredients in his recipes, not least yucca, tucupi juice and açai, and their ability to breathe new life into established dishes – think lamb tenderloin with an açai crust – that has really captured the imagination of Rio’s dining population.

On the pass:

Thomas (left ) + Claude Troisgros (right)

Style of food:

Modern international

Standout dish:

48-hour roast beef with beans and blueberries


R. Custódio Serrão, Lagoa, Rio de Janeiro

+55 21 2539 4542


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