Foods and Drinks
Photo: Editoria Búzios Online / AF
Búzios is the place for people who appreciate good food. There are French, Italian, Moroccan, Thai and other restaurants to please the most demanding tastes. The huge amount of foreigners that came for a weekend but ended up moving here, is the reason for this diversity, having brought the secrets and spices from their countries. Fish and seafood are the main local dishes. After all, Búzios did originate as a small fishing village and is surrounded by beaches on all sides.
Most of the restaurants are on Rua das Pedras or along the Bardot Beachfront, the beautiful section that connects Rua das Pedras to Ossos Beach, where Búzios was born. The Cigalon is in the same house at Rua das Pedras that Brigitte Bardot chose to spend her days in Búzios in the 60's. There is a French touch to their dishes. Honey chicken breast with ginger, melon and spices or large shrimp with "coffee mignonette", sweet mashed potatoes and vanilla, are some of the dishes offered by chef Sonia Persiani.
Just a few steps away, you findChez Brigitte, where you enter through a small, well-hidden door leading right to the action. This place captures what Buzios really is: charming, easy going and with subtle sophistication. The restaurant faces the ocean and is part of Brigitta's Guest House. Brigitta, the owner, is a pleasant Czech lady who speaks four languages, as advertised by the sign at the entrance. seafood is their specialty (try the grilled fish), but they also serve sliced sirloin or sausages with baked potato and sauces.
Right next door, you find "S´Essa Rua Fosse Minha", which opened in 2004 and is filled with good taste. This building, halfway down Rua das Pedras, formerly housed the art gallery of Abigail Schelmm. The tables are set in a very pleasant country atmosphere and the menu offers good variety of choices. You can also sit at the delightful verandah overlooking the ocean and Canto Beach. They specialize in seafood. A prime example is their grilled cracknel with caper sauce and grated potatoes
Another great tip is the popular Bar do Zé, which despite the name, is actually an authentic restaurant. With a Búzios style and the view of the Bardot Beachfront, everyone's heart skips a beat. The dishes are served on engraved tables and are candle lit. The kitchen serves delicious risottos, like shrimp with brie, asparagus and truffle oil, fish like snowy grouper served with a combination of mushrooms and fresh pasta and meat.