Cervantes is one of those restaurants in Rio that you remember at 2 or 3 in the morning as you’re leaving a bar or club and realise you’re intensely hungry.

They specialise in the kind of sandwich that really hits the spot – this is no delicate affair with fancy sourdough bread and organic, locally sourced ingredients. These sandwiches get straight to the point – layer after layer of luscious meat (take your pic from filet mignon, ham, mortadella, etc) topped off with a thick slab of melty cheese and a gently grilled slice of pineapple (pineapple-haters can relax, that part is optional). Optional extras include slabs of paté, bacon, egg and even something called ‘salad’.

One thing I have to mention about Cervantes is that it’s not cheap – last time I went I had a sandwich and couple of chopps (draught beers) and the bill came to R$35 – that’s some snack! But if you’re looking for a deeply satisfying late night carnivorous treat, this non-nonsense bar-restaurant is the place.

Pros: Deliciously indulgent sandwiches, open very late (4am most days, 6am on weekends).

Cons: For a sandwich shop it’s not cheap!

Expensive: 3/5

Address: Rua Barata Ribeiro, 7 – Copacabana

Telephone: +55 (21) 2275-6147

Website: http://www.restaurantecervantes.com.br