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Chef Pedro Artagão went from fresh-faced promoter to celebrity chef at Irajá, where—instead of trying to take things more haute, he gathered traditional—maybe even disdained—Brazilian ingredients and transformed them into something spectacular. The restaurant’s mansion setting requires guests squeeze past the kitchen to the dining room, on a high-ceilinged loggia, framed by a vertical garden. Locals marvel what Artagão does with once-lowly cassava, now stylishly presented as high-toned aipim (whole fried), farofa (fried meal), mash or tapioca. Regulars and out-of-towners alike enjoy sampling ingredients from the Amazon, such as tucupi (manioc juice), jambu (a Brazilian guava) and tacacá (a spicy seafood, pepper and jambu stew).
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Rua Conde de Irajá, 109 - Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro - RJ, 22271-020, Brazil
+55 21 2246-1395
Sun - Thur 12pm - 11pm
Fri, Sat 12pm - 12am