Zaza, Rio de Janeiro

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    ZaZa: Asian-Fusion

    by npsdguy Written Jan 10, 2010

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    Great Thai-fusion seafood. The restaurant is on a corner just one block down from the beach and has patio dining on a veranda that wraps around the building as well as an upstairs area.
    We chose to eat outside because it was so hot, plus we got to watch the world go by. The staff speak good English and are very friendly and knowledgable about the menu. The total price was about $100 USD for both of us.

    Favorite Dish: We had Thai shrimp and Seared Tuna. The shrimp were large and spicy and came with rice. The tuna was seared perfect and came with a great tasting sweet/sour source and a few al-dente veggies. We also tried a local red wine, recommended by the waiter, which was really nice.

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    Zazá Bistro Tropical: Zazá Bistro Tropical

    by CLillard Updated Apr 4, 2003

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    This food is described as a contemporary combination of Asian, European, and Latin-American influences.

    Favorite Dish: This is my favorite restaurant. I like to sit outside. My favorite menu item is the special on Thursday. It includes salad, steak, potatoes, and dessert (I got pistachio ice cream) for only 12R. I remember looking at the menu and thinking that the other daily specials on the other days sound good too. Their menu has Portuguese on one side and English on the other.

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    Zaza: Zaza bistro tropical

    by Oana_bic Updated Jan 24, 2007
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    This is a funky and cozy bistro with delicious and creative South American cuisine with an oriental touch. At the candleslight we had delicious seafood salads and fish. The namorado fish served with puree of banana and palm heart was excellent.

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  • Zaza Bistro: No chairs required

    by Carpo Updated May 20, 2006

    The restaraunt is located on the corner of one of the main streets in Ipanema. Decorated in a mix of arab and eastern styles to match the food its a beautiful place. The upstairs has low tables and cushions scattered on the floor for seats in an arab style. Not so good for the elderly or those wearing short skirts.
    The food is an exquisite blend of asian, north african and local flavours. Sweet and spicy curries and cous cous.
    I originally rated this place very highly but recently the standard has dropped a little both in terms of service and food. However it is still a nice place to go.

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  • zaza bistro tropical: a great place to eat

    by mrcub Updated Apr 4, 2004

    A definate asian influence. A fusion of a couple types of cuisine. The ambience is tropical as the name suggests. The hostess Patricia speaks english and is extremely helpful. We had our wedding dinner on the outside veranda. There is an upstairs where you sit on pillows on the floor and the room is lit by numerous candles. Start with a caprainha in which you get to choose the brand/style of cachaca. They also carry Devassa beer (a micro brew made by the owner) which is the best beer I tasted in Rio. Try anything that you think fits your taste and you will not be disappointed. Save room for some dessert...maybe try the sampler if it is still available. Our favorite restaurant in Rio.

    Favorite Dish: As I said above. Everything I have ever tried has been great. Our friends loved it too.

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    Za-Za: International but different

    by Boy_From_Brazil Written Apr 28, 2004

    Cosy, great staff. It is on 2 floors. downstairs there is a choice of an outdoor area or indoor with air conditioning. Upstairs there are no chairs, the customers lounge around on soft cushions and eat off low tables. Very exotic and great fun.

    Favorite Dish: Thai chicken curry, cooked as spicy as you like.

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