I was sceptical when I first heard about Da Roberta, Roberta Sudbrack’s street-food-inspired venture in Leblon. While her self-named restaurant in Jardim Botânico is a real landmark in Rio’s fine-dining scene, I was concerned Da Roberta might be a low-quality attempt to cash in on the name. I can happily report, however, that I’ve been won over.
The menu includes a selection of street-food dishes from around the world – falafels in pitta, pastrami and brisket sandwiches, hot-dogs and my favourite so far, El Cubanito, a sandwich of pork and ham topped with mayo, pickles, mustard and tomato relish. Portions aren’t enormous, but they’re big enough.
The layout of Da Roberta is pretty interesting – alongside the small counter is an actual food truck which has been parked inside the building. Seating is fine but not so comfortable that you want to sit around chatting for hours – smart move really. The Jeffrey store is right next door so it’s no surprise that several different of varieties of this ubiquitous, locally brewed beer appear on the menu. Open noon-10pm (closed Mondays).
Pros: Well-executed street-food classics, most of which are not available elsewhere in Rio.
Cons: Expect it to be crowded on sunny weekends – go on a weekday to avoid the crowds.
Address: Rua Tubira 8 – Leblon