You see that amazing looking steak in the picture? It goes by the name of Prime Rib Especial and let me tell you, it is very especial indeed! Claude Troisgros, the owner of this and several other restaurants in Rio, belongs to a very prestigious family. His father and uncle invented nouvelle cuisine! And the confidence and quality are plain to see when you walk in through the door – the decor is clean, unfussy and unpretentious. Clearly they are happy for the food to do the talking.

The starters include Spanish hams, watermelon carpaccio and a variety of French and Italian inspired goodies, but if you’re going to CT Boucherie you will most likely be thinking more about the top quality meat that will be the main event! Chateaubriand, Wagyu tenderloin and lamb chop are among the eye-catching choices, but don’t forget the Prime Rib Especial – seriously, it is amazing.

Of course the spotlight is on the meat, but in an inventive twist on the stereotypical all-you-can-eat meat rodizio, here it is the sides that are on constant rotation. Delicious dishes such as purée of batata baroa, a delicious creamy, garlicky jiló dish and countless other tempting sides appear at the table every 10 minutes or so. These side orders are so good that, against all expectations, this temple to the flesh actually makes a fantastic option for vegetarians who want more than just the standard kilo buffet experience.

This is not a cheap place – if you’re on a budget I’d advise you to check the prices on their website before you set off – but if you’re looking for the absolute best quality meat in Rio then CT Boucherie is the place.

Pros: Amazing meat, excellent never-ending side orders and a great wine list.

Cons: If you’re watching the pennies you might want to look elsewhere.

Expensive: 5/5

Address: Rua Dias Ferreira, 636 – Leblon

Telephone: +55 (21) 2529-2329