Bar do David is one of the restaurants that are often held up as examples of what the press love to call ‘Favela Dining’. While I’m not sure I like that term, I think visitors to Rio should know that the City of God image of favelas does not apply here. If you are looking for a restaurant that offers friendly service, delicious food in interesting surroundings, this is the place for you!
Bar do David isn’t just about delivering the old, homely classics – there is real invention here. Top of the list of recommendations has to be the seafood feijoada (see below) – this twist on the classic meaty, beany stew is essential and (as far as I know) served nowhere else. You should also try the incredible empanado camarão, the ridiculously tasty pastel de tropeiro and the pineapple and mint (abacaxi e hortelã) caipirinhas.
Pros: Delicious, inventive food served by friendly staff. Cheap!
Cons: No good if it’s raining.
Address: Ladeira Ary Barroso, 66 – loja 3 – Chapéu Mangueira – Leme
Telephone: +55 (21) 7808-2200