Alvaro’s: clássico restaurante no Leblon repaginado

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With more than 60 years of history, Alvaro's, a classic restaurant in Leblon, has a new look! After two months of work, the old wooden doors and dark walls gave way to a more modern and bright environment, with glass doors. The house, on the corner of Ataulfo ​​de Paiva and Cupertino Durão, has tables on the sidewalk, which has everything to do with Rio, ideal for a post-beach meal with cold draft beer and dishes to share. But, of course, like a good classic, in this revamp some of the house's flagships had to be kept on the menu, while other recipes were adapted. The drinks menu, created by mixologist Raysley Cler, from Zazá Bistrô, is very interesting with signature and classic options.

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Classic restaurant in Leblon

Opened in 1967 by Álvaro from Pernambuco, and later purchased by the emblematic
Spanish Seu Manolo, Alvaro's started 2024 with new management. However, the original menu was maintained, with dishes that cannot leave the scene, as well as a good part of the team that grew up with the house. Furthermore, the restaurant atmosphere in Leblon is more cozy, relaxed and spacious, with a beautiful bar.

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The dishes

Therefore, the classic restaurant in Leblon now has two menus. One with Alvaro's historical recipes, made in celebration of the house's history, and another with reinterpretations and more current versions. Among them, for example, is Alvaro's Steak Tartare (R$ 68.90), battered with the tip of a knife and the chef's seasoning, accompanied by fries. Meanwhile, traditional snacks such as cod fritters (R$39.90/4 und) and pastries, which can be made with meat (R$12.90) or creamy cheese (R$11.90), for example, cannot be missed.

In the main dishes, among the classic suggestions maintained, are the Tornedor à Diplomata (R$156.90), tall mignon with mushrooms, asparagus, noisette potatoes, Greek rice and slice of ham, and the Bacalhau à Portuguesa (R$219, 90), with cooked steak, broccoli, potatoes, garlic, onion and cabbage. Those who like octopus should try the À Provençal (R$229.90), grilled, with broccoli rice, mixed mushrooms and parsley.

In the re-readings section, there are options ranging from meat, chicken, fish and seafood. Like, for example, the Shrimp gratin in coconut (R$ 89.90), with saffron rice and the Chicken breaded in parmesan (R$ 64.90), accompanied by fettuccine with mustard and honey cream.

To drink

At the head of the restaurant's bar in Leblon is the mixologist Raysley Cler, who prepared an exclusive menu with signature drinks and tributes to the house, such as, for example, Alvaro's Cocktail (R$ 33), with gin, raspberry with almonds, aperol and sparkling. There are also classics like Bloody Mary (R$36), with vodka, lemon juice, bloody mix, celery, carrot, paprika and parma. Other options are shakes, draft beer, beer and wines, with a menu created by sommelier Dionísio Chaves.

End: Rua Ataulfo ​​de Paiva, 500 – Leblon

By Duda Vétere
Photos: Duda Vétere
January 2024