This is a really good outdoors restaurant. The service is first-rate as is the food.
(There is a branch of La Em Casa, offering a buffet, in the Estacao das Docas, the beautifully renovated wharf area that features many restaurants and chic shops.)
Favorite Dish: Grilled pirarucu -- the largest freshwater fish in the world. A member of the catfish family, it can grow to more than five meters, or 16 feet, and weigh as much as 600 pounds.
(Don't let the picture turn you off -- anymore than a picture of a slaughterhouse would turn you against a Big Mac. Pirarucu is delicious -- though piranha, being a thoroughgoing carnivore, is the tastiest Amazon fish I've eaten.)
The only restaurant now open in the Hilton is just off the lobby. Named the Acai, for the berry that serves so many culinary purposes, it offers both a la carte service and a generous buffet.
One of Acai's best features is its hours: it's open for breakfast from 4:00 in the morning, and is still serving dinner (or supper) 20 hours later.
Favorite Dish: The buffet typically features two or three kinds of meat, two or three of fish, a couple of pastas, several vegetables, many salad makings, and half-a-dozen or more desserts.
Belem has the largest Japanese-Brazilian population outside Sao Paulo. Most of the people on my Rio-Belem flight were either Japanese or Japanese-Brazilian.
The Miako is a huge restaurant, occupying the second floor of a building that spans half a city block.
Service is attentive; food is excellent.
Favorite Dish: Maguro don[buri] is lightly braised tuna topping a bowl of rice.
I've never had anything like it in Japan; I assume it's an adaptation to Brazilian tastes (as 'California Roll,' a bowlderized sushi is an adaptation to American -- and, alas, also to Brazilian -- tastes).
Still, it was delicious. And it cost all of R$23 (US$8).
(Nouveau cuisine restaurants in California now offer lightly braised tuna. It is a compromise between raw and cooked fish.)
I forget the name of the best restaurant - it's 1/2 outdoor (covered) and 1/2 indoor - and it's like a big buffet, you take what you want and then get it weighed and pay for however much it weighed.
Favorite Dish: Everything - for dessert, get the Flan! So Good!
I am just filling this in because it's here. We did not go to any restaurants. The link for Accomodations will also contain information about restaurants though, so if you are reeeeeeealy interested, give that a try.
Favorite Dish: Clearly they have good seafood here, as it is right there on the Ocean, and you can see gobs of fishing boats.
Taste delicious tipical meals of this restaurant, eat açaí with everything!
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Favorite Dish: Açaí!!!!
Specialized in ice-cream of regional fruits like bacuri, açai, cupuaçu and caja, Sorveteria Cairu have the best ice-cream of Belm.
Favorite Dish: Pave de cupuaçu.