Sushi Leblon Rio de Janeiro Reviews
Trendy, Expensive, Average Sushi Jan 13, 2010
Sushi Leblon was mentioned in our guidebooks as one of the hottest restaurants in Rio. It is located on one of the nicest streets (Rua Dias Ferreira) in one of the nicest areas of Rio (Leblon). We wanted to try it out because we were really curious about what kind of Japanese food they had in Brazil, especially considering Brazil's large Japanese population.
We went on a Wednesday night and the place was still bustling. We didn't have reservations and had to wait about 25 minutes for a table. The interior is very trendy looking (lots of mirrors, lots of cool lighting, booth seating around the periphery) but also pretty small. We looked around and didn't see any Japanese waiters or sushi chefs, an ominous sign for a Japanese restaurant.
We were just in the mood for simple sushi. Amazingly enough, they didn't have any hamachi (yellowtail) in stock. It's one of our favorites and a staple of any sushi place. You'd certainly expect it from the "best" sushi place in Rio.
Long story short, we ordered a bunch of other simple rolls and sashimi, and thought the food was average at best. We are a bit spoiled living in an area back home where there are dozens of great Japanese restaurants to choose from, so perhaps we are a bit biased. But this definitely seems like more like a trendy hot spot than a place to get authentic sushi. The staff is friendly, the atmosphere is chic, but the sushi (the most important part) didn't live up to our expectations.
Given the price and the variety of other dining options around, I'd highly recommend checking out another place for dinner, unless you have a burning desire for sushi or being seen with celebrities ;)
Part of the Brazil 2010 travel blog
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